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U.S. financial and economic topics from several finance writers.

Can You Really Afford That New Car?

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It’s new, it’s shiny, and it has that new car smell. What more could you want? As tempting as it may be to purchase a new car, don’t go down this path until you’re 100 percent sure that it’s the right financial move. When shopping for a new car, it’s easy to pay attention to nothing more than the sticker price and the deal you negotiate. However, there are many other costs associated with this...
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Should You Refinance Your Car Loan?

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Before you decide to refinance your car loan, it’s important to determine if you’ll benefit as a result. If everything checks out in your favor, it’s time to contact three to five lenders to learn more about your options and the best way to proceed. If you’re on the fence, here are several benefits of refinancing: •    Lower interest rate: This is one of the top reasons to refinance, as a lower rate saves you...
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What Should You Look for in a Car Loan?

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Buying a car is supposed to be fun. Unfortunately, your good time can be spoiled if you run into challenges when searching for a loan. On the plus side, there are thousands of lenders across the country offering car loans. From small community banks to national lenders to credit unions, your options are nearly endless. With so many options, you must carefully consider the finer details of each lender and loan that’s available to you....
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What To Do If You're Upside Down in a Car Loan

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  In the ideal car buying scenario, the value of your car would always exceed your outstanding loan balance. However, sometimes the opposite can happen and you owe more on your car than your car is actually worth - a situation that's referred to as being upside down on your loan. For example, if your outstanding loan balance is $17,000 and your car is valued at $12,000, then you’re upside down. If you wanted to...
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Has anyone been in this situation before? Given how fast cars depreciate, I would expect this to happen a lot.
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:25
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How Much Will You Spend On a New Car?

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According to Kelley Blue Book , the average cost of a new car is approximately $36,000. For some, this may be the perfect price point. For others, it may be entirely too expensive. As you shop for a new vehicle, it’s important to do so with your budget in mind. If you don’t, you could fall prey to all the bells and whistles, thus paying more than you can comfortably afford. Here are three basic...
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My philosophy on purchasing cars is to buy used, a car with less than 40,000 miles. I feel this is where you can get the best deal... Read More
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 14:25
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Don’t Forget the Other Costs of Buying a New Car

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Are you thinking about trading in your current vehicle? Do you have reason to believe that now’s the best time to make this move, both from a personal and financial perspective? While the actual cost of the vehicle will impact your budget in many ways, you don’t want to stop there. There are other costs to take into consideration, all of which will determine if making the move is a good idea. Here are three...
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I never advise anyone to buy a brand new car. Cars depreciate in value so quickly. My recommendation is to purchase one 1-4 years ... Read More
Saturday, 19 May 2018 14:30
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Disadvantages of Auto Loans

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If you need to purchase a car (new or used), it would great if you were in a position to purchase the car in cash. Unfortunately, very few people are in that kind of financial position to be able to do that. That really only leaves you with one option: financing the car through an auto loan. While that may be the only option available for you, I wanted to lay out some disadvantages you...
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5 Things to Know About Getting the Best Auto Loan

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A lot of people still do not do much research on auto loans when purchasing a car. While people assume the dealership will provide you the best option that is definitely not the case 100% of the time. Below I have summarized 5 things to know about getting the best auto loan for yourself: Focus on the total purchase price rather than the monthly payment: You should always focus and negotiate on the total purchase...
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What You can do About a High Car Payment

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Have you come to find that your car payment is entirely too high? Is this having a negative impact on your budget and finances as a whole? Are you hoping to make a change? It’s extremely common to bite off more than you can chew when purchasing a vehicle. You get so excited about pulling the trigger that you overlook the impact your new payment will have on your financial situation. If you find yourself...
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Cars never hold their value. I usually recommend to try and ride it out, but refinancing is sometimes an option for certain situat... Read More
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 17:45
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What to Do After You Pay Your Car Loan

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After what seems like an eternity of car loan payments, you’ve finally mailed off the last payment on your loan. Now you fully own your car and you’re free of payments, what should you do next? Store your title away safely . In some states, the motor vehicle department will automatically mail a title to you once the lender has notified them of the lien release. In other states, you may have to actually go...
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I always call the bank to confirm there is no more outstanding balance. I have had an issue before where I had a small balance and... Read More
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 17:42
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