There’s nothing quite like the feeling of paying off a car and knowing that you no longer have that particular debt hanging over your head. Not only do you own the vehicle free and clear, but now you have extra money every month you can save or spend however you desire!
If you’re like many people, though, it doesn’t take long for the question to arise, “Should I buy a new car or keep the one I have?” This is especially the case when your existing car begins experiencing a few mechanical issues along the way.
Before you dive into this momentous decision, it is good to weigh a few key considerations. Here are a couple questions you’ll want to ask yourself first.
How often do you need to make repairs? Used cars will always experience occasional repairs. It’s when you must continuously make repairs that you may become concerned about the reliability of your vehicle. If you’re paying more in repairs than you’re saving from having your car paid off, it may be worthwhile to consider a new car.
How serious are the repairs? Minor repairs and maintenance related issues are something all cars experience. Things like new spark plugs, tires, and occasional belts aren’t a huge deal in the big picture. However, when you face costly repairs, engine wear, or if major systems in your vehicle begin to suffer, it might be time to kick the tires on a newer vehicle.
When It’s Time to Buy a New Car
Once you’ve answered these questions, you may decide that now is the time to buy a new vehicle. Before you do so, you’ll want to take care of a few other essential details first, including:
Identify the value of your current vehicle. It’s easy to figure this out by researching before you buy. This can help you decide if it is in your best interest to trade your car in on a new vehicle or sell it independently. In some instances, trading your car may not be an option, and you’ll want to know its value before you try to sell it.
Scrape together a down payment. Whether you plan to use your current vehicle as a trade-in or not, you may need an additional down payment to qualify for financing for your new car. A good rule of thumb to follow is to have 20 percent of the car’s price to use as a down payment.
Get pre-approved for a loan. A pre-approval gives you the upper hand when buying a new vehicle. First, it allows you to know exactly what you can afford to spend on a new car and helps you stay within your budget. Second, dealerships realize you cannot pay over your pre-approved amount, which helps avoid pricing games and gimmicks.
We’re Here to Help!
When deciding if now is the right time to buy a new vehicle, a little help can go a long way. Our staff will help review your current financial situation to help you estimate new payments and your trade-in value before you begin car shopping. Give us a call at 248-322-9800 extension 5 today.
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