Thursday, January 24, 2013

What are Your Car Finance Options?

With the new year in, many people will be looking to make some changes in their lives, and for some this might mean buying a new car. It can be one of the most expensive purchases you make, which is why you have to give it a lot of thought. If choosing the car wasn't hard enough, you've then also got to decide how to pay for it. There can be many different options, and finding the right one can save you quite a lot of money.

Outright Purchase – This is of course one of the best ways to buy a car. If you can afford to buy it without finance, then you won’t be paying any interest at all, making the vehicle cheaper. It might also be possible to negotiate discounts or extras on the car if the dealer knows you can pay there and then in cash.

Leasing – Leasing can be great value with relatively low costs, but the key is that you never actually own the car, unless you decide to pay a lump sum at the end of the agreement. There are lots of different options, depending on the length of the lease, the deposit you put down, and a variety of other factors. This is one of the best ways of combating depreciation however, so it’s worth a look.

Dealer Finance – Dealers often offer good rates of interest, and will have special deals from time to time. If you can take advantage of them, then do so, but be aware that you’ll often have to pay a large deposit.

Personal Loan – If you don’t want to pay a deposit, then a loan is likely to be your best option, depending on circumstances. A personal loan is likely to cost the most in terms of interest, but offers the least risk. There are of course limits to personal loans, and in some cases it will be difficult to get a loan for an expensive vehicle without a deposit.

Secured Loan – Secured Nemo homeowner loans also offer another option. The minimum term is usually over 3 years, so this isn’t really a good option if you don’t plan on keeping the car for a long time, but otherwise it could save you a considerable amount of money in interest. However, because the cost is often spread over a longer term you might end up paying more in interest.

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