Leases are very attractive….You get a new car every few years with a payment that is lower than what you would have to pay if you purchased the vehicle. So leasing is the way to go….right?
If you are like me and you like to drive a lot, then leasing my not be for you. Leases have mileage limitations and if you exceed the limit alotted, there can be hefty penalties when your lease ends. Penalties can range from 5 to 20 cents per mile over your limit. There is an option to pay an extra cost upfront for a higher mileage cap.
With buying a new vehicle you are essentially purchasing a depreciating asset. The value of your vehicle will decrease substantially in the first two years. This could possibly put you in an upside down situation with your auto loan.
As stated earlier, with leasing, your payments will be lower vs. buying, at the end of the lease period, but you have nothing to show for it. You will have the option to purchase the vehicle or lease another one.
Ownership is an advantage to purchasing. At the end of the loan period, the vehicle if yours for as long as you choose to keep it.
Here is a quick breakdown that may help you decide which purchasing option is best for you.
Leasing may be for you if:
You like driving a new car every 2-4 years.
You don’t drive a lot or have a second vehicle to keep mileage down
You take good care of your vehicles
Buying may be for you if:
You keep you vehicles for long periods of time
You log a lot of mileage on your vehicles
You like to customize your vehicles
I hope this helps you decide which option is best for you. If you are in need of guidance with buying or leasing a vehicle, feel free to contact us. We are happy to help!
At the time of the post we are in the midst of a global pandemic known as Covid-19. With that being said, it has had a significant impact on the global economy. What does that mean for the car industry? Will there be killer deals available? Will I be able to buy a car at the fraction of the original price?
The pandemic has had an impact on the car industry already and the total impact has yet to be determined. There are deals available now, and they may or may not get better within the coming weeks. Will you be able do get a car at the fraction of the original price…probably not.
With auto manufacturers shutting down production over the last few weeks is preventing the market from having a huge surplus of new cars therefore limiting the extent of how deeply vehicles will be discounted.
However, there are some attractive offers from a few auto brands at the moment. One of the most popular seems to be the 0% for 84 months.
First of all, I wouldn’t advise anyone to drag an auto loan out for 7 years. 7 years! Also, if you have followed me for a little while you know that I am a proponent of purchasing preowned vehicles vs. new.
Is there a catch? Well here are some things to consider.
Most dealers only offer 0% financing or a rebate. Not both.
A small interest rate such as 1.9% with a rebate could actually be a better deal. The monthly payment may be slightly higher but the total amount paid over the term of the loan could be lower.
Check out the video below by David B sells Chevy on YouTube where he breaks down the math on an example.
When most people purchase a car, they are generally most concerned about the monthly payment and whether or not, they can manage it.
What should be considered most is the total amount of the loan including finance charges and interest over the total amount of the loan. Just becase the payment is lower doesn’t mean it less expensive.
Moral of the story, pay close attention to total amount being financed, interest rate, and monthly payment. That way you can determine the total amount you will have paid at the end of the loan period.(This will also be in your finance paperwork as well when you are signing the final documents.)
Depends. The answer is based upon your personal financial situation.
I’m expecting there to be very attractive deals in the upcoming weeks and months.
With the uncertainty of the economy and job market, this current time could be a risky move. However, I would recommend that you have at least six months to a year (leaning more towards a year) of expenses saved if you are wanting to purchase a car.
More importantly, assess if this purchase is a want or a need. If you have extra funds available at the moment, perhaps those funds could be best used in some type of investment at this current time. The stock market is down at the moment; therefore, could those funds be better served there?
Those who are satisfied with their investments and who have adequate savings, this could be an opportune time to buy a car.
Although, I am typically not a proponent of purchasing a new vehicle, I expect this is where you will find the larger discounts.
GM is already offering extended terms (be careful with this) and lower interest rates on select vehicles.
For instance, I have read that the company is beginning to discount the brand new previous generation Corvettes. Since the 2020 Corvette is all the rave at the moment, the new 2019 Corvettes should be significantly discounted. I understand that GM has a fairly large amount of them in inventory. If you are not the type of person that has to have the latest and greatest, this could present a good deal for you.
To answer the initial question, yes, this could be a good time to buy a car if you are in a financial situation that allows for it.
Deals are beginning to appear, and I expect them to be even better in the upcoming weeks.
You might have heard the phrases “upside down” or “underwater” when it comes to real estate.The same can apply to your vehicle.The meaning of this phrase refers to owing more on the loan balance than what your home or car is worth.For the purposes of the writing, we are discussing auto loans.The very first thing you have to do is find out whether or not you are actually “underwater”. If you happen to be “underwater”, you need to know by how much. Finally, we will discuss how to remedy this situation.Find out the balance of your auto loan. Review your most recent loan statement. If you don’t have one available, contact the financial institution that financed your vehicle and request the balance. Also, take note of your interest rate. (We will go into more detail about interest rates in another post.)Find out the value of your vehicle. This can be easily found online with sites such as KellyBlueBook.com, Autotrader.com, Edmunds.com, and NADAguide.comCompare the value vs. the balance. If your balance is lower than the value of your car or around the same amount, you are in good shape. If the balance is higher than the value, you are considered to be “upside down” or “underwater”. If you fall into this category, don’t fret. Here are a few ways to turn that upside down loan right side up:Make principal payments: Any time you have extra funds, make a payment towards the principal of the loan. Ex. If your monthly payment is $400, try to pay $100-$150 extra towards the principal.Whenever you receive bonuses, birthday money, income tax refunds, make an even larger principal payment.*This will also assist you in paying the loan off faster.Refinance your vehicle: Your credit may have improved since your loan was originated. Refinancing with different terms could bring the balance more in line with the value.*Don’t stretch the term too far out, though. The longer the term, the chances of you going underwater again increases, as the value of the vehicle continues to decrease.Sell your vehicle: If you have funds saved, you could sell the car and start fresh. Try to get the highest amount for it. Keep in mind that you will have to cover the difference between the sale price and loan balance, hence the need for funds saved.I hope this was helpful in assisting you with identifying whether or not you are upside down on your auto loan. If you happen to find yourself in that situation, I hope that one of the suggestions mentioned will be a good solution for you.