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Questions tagged [auto-loan]

to be used for questions on loans taken to buy a vehicle / automobile [generally cars]. Country specific is recommended to be used as appropriate.

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Who can truly afford luxury cars?

I never really thought about money until one day I checked how much I made compared to the rest of America. The calculator said my household income is in the top 20%. Kind of funny to me, because I ...
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If the co-signer on my car loan dies, can the family take the car from me like they're threatening to?

I have a car, both me and by grandpa are on the title. As I cannot get loan on my own, my grandpa is my cosigner. My grandpa is almost 90, and chances are he may not be around till the loan is paid ...
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Pay off car loan entirely or leave $1 until the end of the loan period?

Background information: I have a car loan that doesn't require payments if I'm ahead on the loan (but accrues the interest, of course, on the balance remaining). I still have a year and a half on my ...
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Should I pay off a 0% car loan?

I'm ahead on 0% interest car loan. I don't have to make a payment until October. I currently owe $3,000 and I could pay it all off. Should I do that or leave that money in my savings account that ...
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Dealership wants more money years after vehicle is paid off?

I bought a used car in August 2014 when I lived in Texas. A few months later I paid off the vehicle. I have the title and I never heard from the dealership after the final payment. Today I got a ...
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Would using an expensive car as collateral for a small loan to get cheap parking work?

There's a rather old joke which is being told in many variations and my question would be whether events narrated could actually happen in real life. I'm not in the US so I don't know all the details ...
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Can a car company refuse to give me a copy of my contract or balance details?

I have an auto loan with a car company that after looking at all possible amortizations, doesn't match what my payment should be. I'm talking with 40% interest rates, adjustable interest rates, ...
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Electric car lease or buy?

I know the conventional wisdom for leasing vs. buying, but are the economics of an electric car significantly different than other vehicles?
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Car dealer saying that they cannot see any credit information for my co-applicant. Could this be a scam?

A couple of days ago, I went to a Chrysler dealer here in Florida to look for a new car. Being that my credit score is currently somewhat low (about 680), me and my wife thought that we could have ...
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How can I remove my name from a car loan?

I financed a car, then my friend took over the payment. We went to the bank to transfer the car over to her, but I still had to be on the loan as a co-signer. Last year she was still paying on the car,...
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Should I pay off a 0% interest car loan or put money towards high principal student loans?

Within the past year my wife and I have paid off approximately $40,000 in debt - from her car loan, my two student loans, and other misc debt (new refrigerator, hardwood floor install). I had a car ...
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Insuring a girlfriend's motorcycle

My girlfriend has a motorcycle that she bought a few months ago with a loan (she put down $2k and now her payments are ~$82 a month). A few months later, she realized that she cannot keep the bike ...
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Finance or pay cash for car right out of college?

I just graduated and will be starting a job in a week at a salary of $65,000. After accounting for retirement savings and taxes, I should bring home about $3,500 per month. Unfortunately, my 8 year ...
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Why do new car loans, used car loans, and refinanced loans have different rates and terms?

If I want to refinance a car that is two years old, and getting a new car loan is better APR then a used car loan and even a refinanced loan, why does it matter which way you go? Isn't a loan just a ...
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What does it mean if a lender asks for a “title” from your purchase?

My boss at my company has agreed to lend me money to buy a car to use for work, where I would pay him monthly for a couple of months until it is paid off. Upon giving me the money, he asked me to ...
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Why do people buy new cars they can not afford? [closed]

This question in particular refers to the U.S. It has always baffled me and I am looking for diverse viewpoints to help understand the issue. Every day as I drive to work I see lots of new cars. US ...
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Did my salesman damage my credit? What can I do?

I am in the process of purchasing a new truck. A few months ago I put a $500 security deposit down on a truck. I was told that the truck was at a neighboring dealership and that it would take 2-5 days ...
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Why are my auto loan payments calculated differently than my mortgage payments?

Last year I got a home loan that follows the standard Rule of 78s amortization schedule. I can easily predict how much of my mortgage payment will go to interest and how much to principal. A few ...
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What is the 'real' monthly cost of a car?

I'm doing some financing for our future (my wife and I), and we want to purchase a used car - we'll be getting a loan, but along with the monthly payments we'll be making, we want to know what the '...
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mortgage vs car loan vs invest extra cash?

I received a good bonus this year and am trying to figure out the best way to use it. I have no credit card or student debt, maintain an emergency fund, and am maxing out tax advantaged retirement ...
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Should I be concerned about a loan refinance offer that adds $1000 to my loan in exchange for $1000 in cash?

I am in the process of trying to refinance an auto loan. I got 4.69% a year ago and should be able to do better now. The loan balance is about $13,000. I called to refi through the same company and ...
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I can't produce a title for a vehicle I just traded

I went to a Ford dealership and traded in a slightly older truck for a slightly newer one, and financed the rest. The next day, my fiancée informed me that the title of the old truck is still on a ...
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Paying off a loan with a loan to get a better interest rate

I've never had credit or a loan till recently when I bought a new car. This has recently given me a much better credit rating after having the loan for a year with 5 years to go and 2 credit cards ...
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Should I lease, buy new, or buy used?

I'm looking for an answer based on quality (they don't make 'em like they used to), price (are new cars even worth the $), and/or reliability/low maintenance (where leasing is attractive) which option ...
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Get car loan w/ part time job as student with no credit, no-cosigner but no expenses

This is the only place where I knew to turn for a question like this. I am a student (if that will make me look better to the loan officers), but I'm fairly certain I have no credit. I took out a ...
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Is it better to trade a car in and save on taxes or sell a car to a private party?

So my mother has a 2012 Toyota, and she is not really into it. She is short and it has poor visibility. I want to get her a 2014 Subaru or CRV but I'm trying to figure out what the best approach is. ...
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Question about car loan payment

Say I bought a car for $20,000 and made a down payment of $5,000 Now, at 0.99% APR, I need to pay around $450/month for 36months to pay off my $15,000 debt. Now, which is a wiser option: I make $1,...
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How do third-party banks issue car loans?

If you buy a (new or 'certified' used) car at an American dealership licensed by a manufacturer (and, of course, your credit is good), you can borrow money from the manufacturer's associated bank, ...
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Selling a car with a lien

I own a car personally, but it is mortgaged to a bank. I want to sell it to an individual. I haven't the funds to repay the loan until I'm paid for the car. The buyer doesn't want to pay me without a ...
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Will “rate shopping” affect my credit score?

I'm thinking of buying a car but I have a low credit score (649). I have a bank account that I've been using for the past five years so I thought I would apply at that bank first, get a quote and then ...
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Dealership made me the secondary owner to my own car

January of 2016 I bought a car from wilett honda south which is located in Georgia, with the help of my ex boyfriend. It was my very first car and I didn't really have much help besides a co signer ...
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Selling a car with outstanding finance in the UK

I have a car which has outstanding finance. BMW have given me a settlement figure of £15,000. A buyer is interested in buying the car for £13,000. The buyer would like to pay BMW directly using my ...
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I'm upside down on my car loan and need a different car, what can I do?

I purchased a used 2009 Camry back in 2012 after financing with Toyota Financial Services. The terms of the deal were 16k financed at 6% for 72 months. When I signed the paperwork however, I noticed ...
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Buying a car - advice needed

Some bad decisions and/or stupidity during grad school left me with a credit score of 593 and a collection+late payment on my credit report. A month ago my car died and now I need to get another one (...
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Multiple hard inquiry for a single loan from car dealer?

I'm new to the US and trying to build a good credit history from the beginning. I've just purchased a new car (an hour ago) from an Toyota dealer with a loan from them. I received an alert now from ...
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Do I have to use the entire loan amount?

I am 18 and I want to apply for a loan for a used car. I do not plan on paying more than $4000 for the car but the bank has a minimum of $7500 for car loans. If I only used $4000 could I just use the ...
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How do we remove an ex-girlfriend from a car loan?

My son is currently in boot camp, and his ex-girlfriend is threatening to go to court because she wants her name off a car loan they got when together. She is the primary borrower, but my son is the ...
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Is it worth it to take a car loan to improve credit ratings?

I've been considering buying a car recently, but I know that, as I am young, I don't currently have a credit score, as I really haven't needed credit up until now. So, would it be better to take a ...
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What can I do as a co-signer?

As a co-signer on an auto loan, how can I go about obtaining the vehicle if the other person defaults? Both of our names are on the title as well.
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Bait-and-switch on new car lease

My mother is retired, and is currently considering leasing a new car to replace her current aging vehicle. A dealership near us has been offering a special on a lease for a particular vehicle for $99 ...
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How do I sell a car that was purchased with a loan?

I bought a car earlier this year, and I have been making payments on it regularly for about 7 months. However, I want to sell the car to a private party and buy a cheaper car paying cash in full. The ...
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Family who did not make the car payments as a cosigner

Sorry for the long story...but need advice. My husband was suppose to cosign for a car that his brother wanted. When he went to the dealership, they told him he would have to be the primary signer ...
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I have paid $7000 extra of my mortgage in 6 months. Should I transfer this to my $11,000 car loan or is it better of the home loan?

My car loan is 6.49% but it costs $12 a month for every month you pay it off early. It is a 60 month loan, I have been on it for 6 months and have paid off $2500 (From $14 000 to $11-500. My ...
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How can I get my ex-fiancee to refinance a co-signed car loan?

I co-signed a car loan with my ex-fiancé. He is now married with a job and will not get the car refinanced to his name only. How can I get my name removed from the loan?
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Is paying double on a car loan the same as choosing half the term?

If I get a $13000 car loan and have 3% interest and a 60 month term but pay double each month is that the same as getting a 30 month term?
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If I put a large down payment (over 50%) towards a car loan, can I reduce my interest rate and is it smart to even put that much down?

I've saved a lot but not enough money for a car... I am looking to buy a nissan versa which is ~13000 out the door. I have ~11000 that I can put towards a down payment so I am just shy of the full ...
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Car dealership put my name as the buyer without consent, when I was just the co-signer on the loan

I went with my father to look at cars for him. we decided on a car and when they were filling out the papers they ran into a problem, his credit score was not high enough so I had to co-sign for the ...
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Debt Consolidation, trade down car, or both?

I'm a recent graduate, working full time (started in January). I have an average of 21.318% APR across 5 credit cards with a debt totaling $11,137, at $302 monthly min. CC #1: $2493 at 13.4%, $62 ...
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Why not pay in full upfront for a car?

I assume the following 3 hypotheses, which doesn't duplicate and instead only narrows https://money.stackexchange.com/a/38838/10763, https://money.stackexchange.com/a/15812, https://money....
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Can I save money on my auto loan by paying on it every 10 days?

I have an auto loan for $14414.00 at 12.5% for 72 months. If I pay $96 every 10 days, how fast will I pay it off? Does this strategy make any difference?