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It can be overwhelming to think about buying a new car. How much can I afford? How long do I want to have a car loan? Am I getting a good deal at the dealership? These are all good questions. What if we told you that there are ways to help yourself feel better about your dealership experience?
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Are you looking to buy a car? Are you getting confused by all of the shorthand vocabulary being thrown around, and all the fine print? You aren’t alone.
I often answer questions about many of these tricky details so I thought maybe it was a good time to spell things out.
We are often asked about GAP insurance: what is it, what does it cover, do I need it? GAP insurance is a product that covers you for the difference between what your insurance company may pay the bank in the event of a total loss and the balance you owe the bank on a car loan. For example, if you owe the bank $20,000.00 and you total your car, if the insurance company pays $17,000.00 based on the retail value of your car, you are “upside down” by $3,000.00. Even if you pay your deductible of $500.00, you still need to pay $2,500.00 for the deficiency or the “GAP” between what the insurance company has agreed to pay and what you owe. Scenarios like this are quite common these days and in many cases, we see deficiency amounts much higher due to people financing for longer terms, as well as the depreciation of vehicles, etc.
These days there are so many avenues to buy products online, but what about a car? In this era, shopping online for a car is becoming commonplace. You can easily scan through numerous options without having to drive around to multiple dealerships looking for what you need. There is even an assortment of websites that cater to online car sales. If you decide to shop online for your next ride, be sure you still check out your final selection in person. You can buy a car online but unlike a pair of shoes, you can’t return it if it doesn’t “fit.” Generally speaking, a car is one item that once you have purchased it, you’re stuck with it.
When it comes to buying a new car, many people ONLY look at the monthly payment. They don’t always pay attention to the price of the car or how much that car may cost in total.