Shopping for used car loans can be as stressful as shopping for the car itself, and they can actually be more complicated than new car loans. Moreover, they pose a higher risk for the borrower.
First and foremost, it is vital you take the time to assess the true value of the car. The lender will come up with their figure of what the vehicle is worth. Typically, this number will be determined by looking at the Kelly Blue Book or the National Auto Dealer’s Associate price. However, never assume someone did this already; look up the prices yourself to ensure the proper value is assessed.
Next, when looking for a used car loan, check the value of the trade-in. It will affect the down payment on your loan and ultimately determine if you have the money needed to purchase the car. For car values, again look to the Kelly Blue Book and National Auto Dealer’s Associate price. In addition, get a quote from another used car dealer, just to be sure.
The final tip on a used car loan is to read the contract closely as there is much more to it than just an interest rate. Everything from prepayment fees to default terms deserve a close review. Each of these details can affect the loan immediately and long-term.
While used car loans can be complex, simple assessments can break down the process to ensure you get a good, well understood deal.