How Does Car Financing Work?

December 27th, 2018 by

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When you’re ready to purchase a used or new car for your drives around Marrero, you can purchase it outright, lease it, or apply for financing. If you’re asking yourself, “What does it mean to finance a car?” and “How does financing work?”, we’re here to help you understand the process, so you can enjoy a stress-free and well-informed car-buying experience.

 

How Does Financing a Car Work?

The first step in financing a new or used vehicle is to apply for the loan through the dealership, a bank, or a credit union. The application can be started online, or you can apply for a loan at the dealership. Factors that the lender will look at include:

  • Credit Score
  • Loan Amount
  • Length of Loan
  • Debt-to-Income Ratio
  • Age of the Vehicle

If you know your credit score is low or you don’t have a strong credit history, consider asking a family member or close friend to cosign your loan.

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Choose Your Lender

If you are approved for a loan, you might have a few different options to choose from. If the dealership offers in-house financing, you can compare their offer to a bank or credit union offer to see which makes the most sense for your needs and budget. Take a look at how much money you can put down, and how much your monthly payments will be to ensure you will be able to pay back the loan.


Finalize the Loan Terms

Before finalizing your loan and buying a car, you may need to negotiate on price. If this is the case, you and the salesperson can go back and forth until you settle on a loan with an interest rate that works for you. Once you have, you can finalize the loan terms and close the deal. You’ll sign all the necessary paperwork, take delivery of the vehicle, and drive home to the Gretna area in your new vehicle.

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Want to Know More About Car Financing in Harvey?

To learn more about the automotive finance process, contact us online or simply stop by our dealership to speak to a member of our finance department near New Orleans. We have lots of advice to offer, and it doesn’t just center around the car-buying process! We’ll also help you learn about oil change frequency, or even the best seafood in New Orleans!

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