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A Millennial’s Guide to Getting Your First Car Loan
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Buying a car is almost a rite of passage. Making that first car purchase, negotiating with the seller, and arranging financing (if you need an auto loan) all require a certain amount of savvy. And, once you successfully achieve the car-buying milestone, another signpost looms in the distance: Refinancing. Whether you’re getting an auto loan... Read More

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4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Leasing or Buying a Car
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When you’re looking for a new car, it can be difficult to decide whether buying one outright or leasing one for a period of time makes more sense. It’s true that cars only go down in value the longer you own them, but there are still some solid arguments for owning one outright rather than... Read More

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What Happens When You Pay Off Your Car Loan?
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According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, around 2.3 million car loans originate every year. Car loans can take years to pay off. So when you finally pay it off, you might be wondering—now what? What happens when you pay off your car? What should you do with the money you were previously putting towards... Read More

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Help, I Need to Get the Cosigner Off My Car Loan!
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We’ve had many readers write in after a divorce and ask how to split their assets with an ex-spouse. One of the most common questions is how to remove an ex or another cosigner from a car loan and title. Here’s how to go about it. What’s the Role of a Cosigner? It can be... Read More

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7 Things to Know About Giving (or Getting) a Car for Graduation
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Behind every diploma bestowed at high school and college graduations is a lot of hard work. And for some lucky grads, that hard work gets rewarded with a milestone gift: their own car. If you’re planning to buy a car for the new grad in your life, we’ve got some advice on making the right... Read More

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3 Simple Steps to Leasing a Car
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Shopping for a car is overwhelming. Not only must we choose between new or used, decide on a make and model, and sort through safety features and trim packages, but then we need to decide how to pay for it. If you’ve got the cash to pay for your car in full up front, it... Read More

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Leasing a Car: 7 Reasons Why You Should Consider It
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Would you like to spend less money up-front, drive away from the dealership in a brand-new car, and spend less time and money on vehicle maintenance? Consider leasing your next car. What Does Leasing a Car Mean? Leasing a car is a lot like renting one—but for a much longer period of time. When you... Read More

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How to Deal with an Underwater Car Loan When You Can’t Sell
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According to experts at the automotive website Edmunds, a new car loses up to $7,419 of its value during the first year on the road. Over the next three years, new cars lose an average of $5,976 in value, mostly due to age and wear and tear. This shows just how quickly a fancy new... Read More

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Should I Buy or Lease My Next Car?
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One of the most common questions I am asked as a financial planner is “should I lease or buy my car?” Leasing commercials on the radio make it sound like leasing a car is the only cheap, intelligent choice. However, it really depends on how you define “cheap.” If it means a lower monthly payment,... Read More

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Can I Get a Car Loan If I Have No Credit?
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Yes, lenders have auto loans for people with no credit, but getting one is not guaranteed. It will depend on the lender’s flexibility, the down payment you can afford, and the kind of car you want to buy. It may even depend on how you ask. Phil Reed, senior consumer advice editor for the consumer... Read More

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