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Outside auto loans: The secret to a great deal when buying a car

Blog Post by chrisoutsidefinancialcom - 09/06/2017 04:02:58pm

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BEAR FACT Don’t leave yourself vulnerable: you need to understand your options and arrange your car loan before you go to the dealership. The right car loan could save you $1,000 in fees and markups.

A better auto loan is easy (and we can help)

Do your research. Understand your options. Understand what protection products make sense for you to protect you from costly repairs and other unpleasant surprises. Then make a good decision, on your time, in your place. Most importantly, arrange your loan before you go to the dealership.

When you walk into the dealership with your loan in hand, you walk in with the power of a cash buyer. That’s the only way to be confident you got the loan that’s right for you.

Outside Financial is here for one reason: to help you do this right.

The back office of an auto dealership is not the place to make important and complicated financial decisions. By that point in the car buying process, you’re likely low on patience, fresh air, blood sugar, time, information, choices, and wireless connection… Yet this is how most people arrange their car loans. It’s like showing up to the grocery store and asking the cashier how you’re going to pay for your milk – only the stakes are much higher.

Consider Melissa.

The right auto loan would have saved Melissa $2,500

When we started Outside Financial, we asked a lot of car buyers about their experiences. And we mean a lot: over 600 people, spread across the U.S. Melissa’s story stood out, because it reminds us of why a great car deal must starts with a great car loan.

Getting burned on a bad loan can easily wipe out the savings you earn negotiating the purchase price of your car.

I just got caught up in the rush

And Melissa really did work to get the best deal on her dream car: a Jeep Grand Cherokee. She drove across state lines to save several thousand dollars on the purchase price and taxes.

That’s great. But then she walked into the back office without arranging her financing. She remembered that she was offered a bunch of add-on products . “I would never buy any of that from the dealer” she said.

Then her story turned surprising and ugly. Melissa pulled out her contract to show us, and only then realized that she paid $2,500 for a vehicle service contract she didn’t know she bought. The $2,500 was dumped into the monthly payments on her loan.

$2,500 is not “just $35 per month”… it’s $2,500!

Melissa’s added payment $35
Melissa’s loan term in months x 72

“I just got caught up in the rush,” Melissa told us – excited that she had “beat” the car buying process. It happened at the very end, when she was worn down in the dealer’s back office.

But here’s the thing – Melissa is not alone. Consumer Reports puts it well: “If you don’t have financing in place when you visit the dealership to buy, you’re leaving yourself vulnerable”.

Bottom line:

Don’t leave yourself vulnerable. Arrange Outside financing before you go to the dealership to save yourself time, hassle, and $1,000 or more.