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5 Things you Need to Know About Car Loans

Thursday, 10 Feb 2011 09:22 AM

A vehicle is becoming a necessity these days. Many people want to purchase a car but do not have the cash for its payment. If this is the case, you should consider a car loan. There are various banks, financial institutions, and other money lenders offering car loans, in the form of pre-approved car loans, car title loans, and so on. But before you go in for a loan to finance your vehicle and put forward your car loans application, there are certain things that you should know about car loans.  
The following are five things you need to know about car loans:
  1. Search for car loans. Consider all options available; call local banks, finance companies, and online money lenders, and get quotes on the interest rates offered by them. Go in for a comparison of interest rates and the terms of the loan. This helps you choose the best option. Finding information about available car loans helps you compare and find the best deals offered.
  2. Look for pre-approval car loans. It is better to have a pre-approved car loan before you buy the car, because it is easier to get a good deal. Car dealers sell cars to customers with pre-approved auto finance. There are various companies online who offer such car loans.
  3. Make a down payment. The initial down payment made will affect the interest rate and the monthly installments to be paid later. So it is best to pay as much of the down payment as possible. The amount of cash paid initially varies from lender to lender.
  4. Interest rates are variable. Remember, interest rates are not fixed and can be negotiated. The interest rate will be lower if you have a good credit score. It also depends on your negotiating skills. Find out from your bank or credit company if account holders are eligible for lower interest rates.
  5. Avoid car title loans. Car title loans are loans where the borrower provides the car title as collateral for the loan. Car title loans have higher interest rates compared to other sources of credit. The value of a car title loan is high because the lender does not check credit, and depends only on the value and condition of the car.

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