Archive for the ‘credit’ Category

Who needs a co-signer for a car loan? How does it work? New or first-time car buyers are often surprised at being turned down for a car loan because they have no credit history, which unfortunately has about the same effect as having bad credit. Getting a co-signer might be the answer. Lenders want to […]

About principal and interest If you purchase a new or used car with a loan, you agree to pay off the loan amount (principal) over a specified number of months. But you also agree to pay a finance charge, or interest, for the privilege of using the bank’s (or finance company’s) money for your purchase. […]

Is Cheap Car Insurance Possible? Auto insurance is one of those irritating expenses of car ownership that has no immediately obvious benefit. We pay and pay, and may never get anything in return. Teenage first car buyers are always a bit startled by the high cost of insurance. Car insurance is one of the most […]

We answer questions from first-car buyers almost every day when we participate on the Yahoo! Answers web site in the Car Buying and Selling section. The majority of those questions come from teens and young adults who have little or no experience in buying, trading, or selling cars. In the few years that we’ve been […]

For many people, an auto loan is the most significant and largest financial transaction they make in their lives — at least until they get a home mortgage. Because it is so significant, it makes sense to take the right steps and avoid mistakes in the process. 1. First, shop around for auto loans at […]

Your First Car – Making Your Decision Most of us get our first car as teenagers. It’s the car we’ll always remember. Let’s take a look at some of the important questions you’ll want to consider when deciding about what you’ll buy as your first car, how you’ll pay for it, and how to go about […]

Buying a car with a low credit score? Having bad credit means that sometime in your past, possibly as far back as seven or ten years, you have had missed or late loan payments, repossessed property or cars, or have declared bankruptcy. You may also have an excessive number of credit cards with high balances. […]

Should I Lease my First Car? Many people who are looking for an economical way to drive a new car, perhaps their first car, will look at leasing as a possible solution. The consideration of leasing is often based on a mistaken belief that leasing is like renting and doesn’t require good credit as does buying […]

We have been an expert participant on the Yahoo! Answers web site for many years, particularly in the Cars and Transportation section, Buying & Selling sub-section. We answer questions and provide advice about a wide variety of topics related to automobile buying, selling, insurance, maintenance, and car brands. Although the Answers site is open to anyone, […]

When you buy a car with a loan, you not only pay back the amount borrowed but you also pay finance charges (interest).  Each month’s loan payment consists partly of principle and partly of interest. Actually, the amount of principle and interest changes each month, although the total remains the same. In the beginning, you […]

How do I get my credit reports and my credit score? Whenever you apply for any type of credit or financing, a credit report is pulled from at least one of the three major credit bureaus. While there are hundreds of smaller credit bureaus around the country, virtually every credit bureau is affiliated with Trans […]

Car manufacturers and dealers often have special loan rates available for limited-time promotions. Are these deals worth considering? Do you save money by accepting low-interest loan deals? We see a lot of variations of low-interest loan rates from car manufacturers. Some are 3.9%, some, 1.9%, some 0.9%, and even 0%. What’s the difference? Is a […]

How do I buy a car from an individual private seller — not a dealer? When you buy a car from an individual, you pay with cash, a money order, or a bank cashiers check. The money can come from savings, a checking account, a family loan, or a loan from a bank or financial […]

Refinancing your car loan can often lower your monthly payments. Auto loan interest rates are hovering at the lowest rates seen in many years. If you are currently paying a high rate, you may be able to benefit by refinancing at a lower rate. Depending on the value of your car and the amount you […]

Buy-here-pay-here car dealers provide auto loans to people with bad credit. Most car dealers do not directly finance loans on cars they sell. They work with outside banks and finance companies to provide loans for their customers. It’s up to those banks and finance companies, not the dealer, to approve and provide customers car loans. However, […]

Car manufacturers offer special sales incentives every month on particular vehicle makes, models, and styles. Incentives vary from month to month. Incentives come in the form of direct-to-customer rebates, special lease deals, and low-interest loans, including 0% APR loan deals. See Best Car Deals for current new-car incentives, including 0% loans. Zero percent financing, when […]

A Car Loan Story David, 17, recently graduated from high school, landed a good paying job, and wanted to buy a new car. His thought was that he would go to his neighborhood Ford dealer where he had been admiring a bright red Focus model that he felt he could afford, and arrange for a […]

The need or desire for a first car often comes before sufficient money is available. This is especially true for many teenagers or college graduates who are eager to buy that first car, but lack the necessary funds. What to do? This is a common problem for lots of folks buying their first car. It […]