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Tips on Auto Finance

If you must finance your next vehicle, here are some tips.

You will want to find the lowest interest rate possible. This research can easily be done online faster than making the phone calls to different banks.

Auto dealers can provide financing for you, this way you can do all of the paperwork in one place. Keep in mind they receive a commission for this, so it may help in your negotiation process.

There are different finance programs for different credit categories.

Put as much money down on the vehicle as possible. This will help keep your payment low. Also keep in mind, if the vehicle happens to be in an accident and is not repairable, the lower your balance the more likely to have the loan paid in full by your insurance company.

If you have bad credit or no credit at all, you will want to shop around to maximize your options. A special finance company may be willing to finance the vehicle for you if you have at least 10% down. If you do not have a very large down payment, you may need to seek out financing at a buy here pay here auto dealership. Ask and make sure they report to the credit bureau. If so, this will help you re-establish or establish credit. If you must go this route, it is a good idea to purchase gap insurance.

Keep in mind automobiles depreciate. So as time goes by you want the value of your vehicle to be more than the balance on your auto loan. Any extra payment you can make toward your balance will help the principal decrease.

If you miss a payment on your vehicle you will end up paying more interest in the long run, because interest is accrued daily. Therefore, you will not have your loan paid in full by the end of the term. Most finance companies also charge a late fee if you go beyond a grace period of usually 10 to 15 days. If you must pay late, pay within the grace period.

To calculate your daily interest, take your loan balance, multiply by your interest rate and divide by 365 days. For example, if your loan balance is $10,000 and your interest rate is 10 percent, you would multiply 10,000 x .10 = 1000. Then divide 1000 by 365 days, which is $2.74. This gives you a much better idea of how much of your payment is going to interest and how much interest you will be paying over the term of an auto loan. So any additional payment you can make toward principal really helps.

Budgeting Tips for Students

After graduation I took a trip with my friends. The trip was immense fun but it wasn’t fun when I did the expenses. When I sat down to settle the trip bills, I knew I had to be stricter with my finances. Here’s a plan I made for myself and it has continued to help me to stay on track. I hope it helps recent graduates like me.

Make a budget for variable expenses: We all have expenses that are fixed- rent and bills. But expenses such as food, laundry and other personal expenses can change. Set a budget for such variable expenses.

Track your expenses, ALWAYS: if you don’t know how much amounts to your variable expenses, track them for previous months. You are sure to come to an average amount. Then set a ceiling for how much you should spend on them and stick to this number rigidly. Don’t give up tracking. Always track your expenses.

Avoid swiping your credit card for lesser amounts: pay by cash or use your debit card to pay for smaller amounts. Smaller amounts like the 10s and 20s amount to quiet a big number on your bill. It feels good to get them out of your way when you pay by cash.

Start cooking at home, because that is much cheaper than eating out every day. And it can save you a lot of money.

Avoid eating out as much as possible. Need I say again that it can save?

Say no: you don’t need to always catch that flick with your friend or go out every weekend for dinner. It is difficult to say no but your friends will understand.

Pause before you shop: Before you are ready to swipe your card, ask yourself if you really need the item you are buying. Can you do without it? If the answer to this question is ‘yes’ you know what to do. Few days back I was in BJs doing grocery shopping. I picked up a lovely winter jacket which was costing only $30. I was tempted to buy it. I roamed the entire store with it in my cart knowing I shouldn’t buy it. Eventually I put it down and bought only the required groceries.

It can be difficult to curb yourself from shopping in the beginning. But after you see the difference it makes it isn’t that difficult. All the best!