How Does Car Financing Work?

Signing Finance Documents for Car
When you begin shopping for a new vehicle, you may be asking yourself some questions. What does it mean to finance a car? How does financing a car work? What is car financing, exactly? Luckily, the finance professionals at Coyle Automotive Group are here to help! We’re here to help you navigate the car financing process and better understand how financing a car works. Our goal is to provide our Louisville customers with a stress-free car-buying experience so they can drive home in their dream car, truck, or SUV.

Understanding Car Finance Works

So, how does car financing work? The first step of the process is choosing a new or used vehicle. Once you know what vehicle you want, you’ll want to apply for a loan through a dealership, a bank, or a credit union. Should you opt for a dealership, you can easily apply for financing online. Financing a car with a dealership is often the simplest way to tackle car financing, as everything will be handled in-house. Dealerships also often work with area lenders, so they “shop around” for you for the best rates.

Lenders often look at the following when approving someone for a car loan:

  • Credit Score
  • Debt-to-Income Ratio
  • Loan Amount
  • Length of Loan
  • Age of the Vehicle

If you happen to have a low credit score or don’t have much credit history, you may have a better chance of getting approved for a good loan rate if you ask a family member to cosign your loan.

How Car Financing Works: Choosing Your Lender

Once you’re approved for an auto loan, you may have a few options available to you. If a dealership does offer in-house financing, you can compare their offer to that of a bank or a credit union to make sure you’re getting the best possible rate. As mentioned previously, dealers often work with area lenders so they can offer customers the best, most convenient rates.

Next, you’ll want to budget exactly how much money you plan to put toward your downpayment. This will help determine what your monthly payment will be, but it’s also good to have an idea in mind of what you want to pay each month.

Finalizing Your Loan Terms

Once you’ve negotiated the price of your vehicle and are ready to drive it home to Jeffersonville, you’ll need to finalize your loan terms, or “close the deal.” This includes paying your downpayment and signing paperwork to formalize the agreed-upon terms. After completing these steps, you can officially take on the New Albany roads in your new vehicle!

Finance Your Next Vehicle Today!

Now that you know a bit more about what car financing is, it’s time to pick which vehicle you’re going to drive home! Have questions about our family of dealerships? Feel free to contact us at your convenience. Even if you have more questions about how car finance works or what it means to finance a car, we’d be happy to help you out. We look forward to helping you get behind the wheel of your next car!

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