Anyone thinking of buying a new or used car has a huge range of options to choose from in terms of manufacturer, type of car, gas, diesel or electric etc. Whatever the individual chooses to buy in the end, it is important from the outset to understand the various additional costs that can be incurred by either choosing the wrong type of finance or not appreciating what insurance costs could be involved.
Most people buying a new car will need to arrange some type of finance to fund it. There are some people who will literally be cash buyers but they are few and far between. The majority of people will look to some type of finance or credit arrangement either with the manufacturer or with another lending institutions such as a bank or credit union.
If looking to buy a new car, then it is also well worth considering the option of leasing a vehicle rather than buying it outright. Leasing a vehicle is similar in many ways to a long-term rental, but with a few and advantages and disadvantages. The advantages tend to be that someone can effectively get hold of a brand-new car that they would not be able boys to afford to buy. The disadvantages often tend to centre around the lease end arrangements, where significant additional costs can be involved to cover extra mileage, additional wear and tear and any damage or deterioration of the condition of the vehicle.
When an individual looks to finance a new or used vehicle the manufacturer or their dealership will require a credit application to be filled in. The manufacturer will then use a credit rating agency to obtain a credit score for the individual. This credit score will then be used as a guide by the manufacturer or dealership to assess the creditworthiness of the individual. Based on this assessment, the dealership or manufacturer will then decide whether to offer the individual a loan, and if so how much, how much of a down payment, what rate of interest to charge and over what period of time. This process is pretty much the same whether the individual is looking to buy or lease a vehicle.
When someone is looking to finance a new car it is always a good idea to get as many different quotes as possible from different lending institutions, and compare them on a like-for-like basis. Some people look to refinance their loans at a later stage of the loan period, but this can be a tricky process often only up costing a lot more money.
The costs regarding insurance should also be taken into account. People should be aware of what the legal requirements are for they live in terms of liability insurance, but they may be unaware that the manufacturer will want them to take out comprehensive and collision insurance as well.
Another insurance cost that will need to be factored in is that of GAP insurance. GAP insurance effectively covers the difference in depreciation between the value of the vehicle when purchased, i.e. the full amount of the loan, and its subsequent value at any point during the period of the loan. If the car is written off or badly damaged in an accident, then the insurance company will pay less than the purchase price of the vehicle, due to depreciation. GAP insurance is designed to cover this difference.
Peter Main is freelance writer who has almost forty years experience of the car industry, and a wide knowledge base of personal finance. He writes extensively about Auto Finance, with regard to companies such as Ford and General Motors,and the need for research when negotiaiting Truck Finance.