My First Car Payment

One of the most important decisions a person will ever make is the purchase of a car. There are so many things to consider when purchasing a vehicle. Of course its lots of fun when deciding color, make, model, interior and features but there are some difficult decisions to make when buying a car. First, consider the required down payment and the monthly payments. Always have the car payment you desire in mind as well as the maximum amount that you can afford to pay. Because the sales process can get pretty intense you should have these figures firmly planted prior to going shopping. You don’t want to end up with a vehicle you neither want nor can afford.

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When considering the car payment also consider due dates as they relate to your pay dates. Some finance companies will require payments correspond to paydays while others may require the 1st payment due 30 days after the contract is initiated. The next important detail to consider is the method of payment when making the car payments. Most finance companies offer several different payment options. Among the options are usually walk in payments, online payments, pay by phone and direct debit options. Remember that the method of payment you commit to should be one that is available to you consistently to avoid late payments.

Most car dealers have a network of finance companies that they work with closely. Once the loan is approved remember to take your time and read the contract completely prior to signing. The contract is a legally binding document effective the moment after you sign. Take the time to research any points and facts that you are not familiar with. There are representatives available at the finance company that can further explain the contract. Look up the value of the car with the options you choose to make sure that the total cost of the vehicle with the interest is not more than the car is worth. Sometimes companies have an option to lease a vehicle instead of buying it. In some cases this may be a wiser decision. People usually base their decision to lease based on the amount of wear and tear they traditionally put on a vehicle. Also, it may be wise to take into consideration the amount of travel and what the primary use will be for the vehicle.