Car Buying: Helpful Tips & Tricks

Car Buying

If you’re thinking about buying a car this summer, it’s time to start planning and budgeting. Purchasing a car can be pretty expensive! So before you make an impulse decision, check out some of these helpful car buying tips and tricks!

Should I lease or buy?
Leasing, rather than buying a vehicle, can be a good option for some. If you lease, your monthly payments will be smaller than if you financed the purchase. Leasing, however requires some contractual obligations, so it isn’t right for everyone. While payments may be less per month, you may be limited on how many miles you can drive per year and pay a significant penalty when you turn the vehicle in. Once you’ve locked into a lease, breaking it is nearly impossible versus buying a car where you can attempt to sell it and terminate the loan.

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  • Car payments should be no more than 4-6% of your gross income (income before taxes) per month
  • $40,000 gross x 6% = $2,400/12 months = $200 per month

7 Tips to Follow When Car Shopping
1. Figure out your car budget
2. Calculate potential payments on loan amounts
3. Practice negotiating with someone
4. Be willing to walk away
5. Always negotiate the price of warranties and insurance
6. Stick to your budget- both payments and the total amount you’re willing to spend on the vehicle
7. Get qualified at the CREDIT UNION FIRST!

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