How to get a dealer loan for financing a car? (Especially for used car)

Alger Antoinette  2019-09-04 17:59:03

Sometimes it’s even hard for some individuals to afford a used car with one-off payment. At this point, having the dealer obtain financing for you seems a good choice.

  1. 1Research interest rates. Dealers have special financing offers available throughout the year. Especially if you're not picky about the make or model of your car, shop around and see who has the best deal.
    • 2Choose your car. If you've done your research, you have a few dealerships in mind. You should be able to evaluate their inventory online before you go visit in person. Find the best car for you, looking at overall price.
      • 3Offer a sizable down payment. Cars depreciate in value. If you're buying a used car, you want to finance as little of the total price of the car as possible. A down payment of 10 to 20 percent of the purchase price of the car typically will get you the best rates.
        • 4Apply for financing through the dealer. You'll need basic identification information as well as information about your income and employment to complete the financing application at the dealership. The finance company may require additional documents from you, such as pay stubs to verify income. If the dealer mentions any of these, make sure you get copies to the dealer as soon as possible so as not to jeopardize your financing offer.
          • 5Negotiate the deal. If you've done your research and know your credit score, you may be able to get better terms from the dealer than what you're initially offered. Review each term and see if you can improve it. For example, you typically want the shortest-term loan, since it will usually have the lowest interest rates. But dealers often focus on the amount of the monthly payment. Financing for a shorter term does mean a higher monthly payment, but it will save you money overall.
            • 6Use cash for extras. Dealers tend to tack on extra fees, including sales tax, registration fees, and document or destination fees. You also may end up paying extra for dealer warranties, especially for a used car.The dealer typically has no problem rolling these extra fees into your financing, but there's no point in paying interest on fees and tax. Pay that out of pocket if you can.