Top 3 Tips of Car Finance – How to Stay Ahead

No two people will ever agree on the top 3 tips of car finance.

Of course if you’re fabulously wealthy then you may not need any tips at all because you probably don’t need to finance that car purchase either. For the rest of us mere mortals, any help at all is beneficial if it makes easier the process of finding finance that is affordable and ‘fit for purpose’.

So, even though not everyone will see things in the same way, you may find the following thoughts interesting.

1. Know what you can afford each month by way of repayments – & be realistic!

Yep, we’ve all done it – falling in love with that car (or other item) and then trying to convince ourselves that we’ll be able to manage the repayments with a bit of belt-tightening combined with luck on the lottery. Maybe we’ll also get a vast and entirely unexpected Christmas bonus to help!

This is often the road to ruin. Firstly you could end up with a loan that you can’t afford and the car could be repossessed before you’ve even got used to it. Secondly your wild optimism and wishful thinking may scare off potential lenders before you start.

Lenders like to see that an applicant is being realistic and that their loan request makes some sort of sense when viewed against their income and existing financial commitments. Losing you heart to (e.g.) a Lamborghini may be fine but not if it means you end up trying to convince a finance company that you can pay them 1000 pounds per month back when you only have 750 pounds per month coming in, with 600 pounds of it already going out to other things.

Finance companies tend to get scared off easily by people they see as ‘dreamers’, so it may pay to avoid being seen as one.

2. The salesperson is not on your side.

If you’ve found and just test-driven the car of your dreams, then utter heaven may be the ‘I’m just like your favourite aunt/uncle’ salesperson who also offers you a “never to be repeated” or “I’m robbing myself blind” finance offer to go with it. All done in one easy stroke of the pen – car and finance combined.

Such a finance deal MAY be a good offer but it very possibly is no such thing and you’ll be paying far more for your finance than you could have found it elsewhere. There is absolutely no way on earth you can be sure about whether or not the finance being floated is a good deal until such time as you have compared it to another offer or offers.

3. Shop around & get expert advice.

Unless you’re very well qualified in the car finance business, you may find it difficult to look at a given option for a loan and say with confidence “that’s the best one”. The loans offered by the banks, building societies and finance companies all have their pros and cons and knowing which is the best for you may not be easy.

There are specialist car finance web sites around that may be able to help. Using their expert knowledge of the markets and the specifics of your situation may mean that you find deals that you would not have otherwise known were even around. It may be worthwhile looking at these sites a little more closely.

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