Car Loans Much Easier to Get Now
Thanks to the economic downturn, it had been difficult to try and secure financing for a new car lease or purchase as requirements were tightened and some dealerships simply couldn't find the money.
These days, getting car financing is more likely, although it isn't quite as easy as in years past. If you can manage to put down a fair amount of the purchase price as a down payment, and have decent credit, you have a good chance at qualifying for a loan.
That's especially true at GMAC Financial Services, which is General Motors' in-house lending agency. Not only has the company chosen to raise billions in bonds to offer more loans, but the company also allows buyers to use trade-in money to contribute to their down payment.
Other lenders have also loosened their requirements, such as Chase, who does financing for Subaru as well as individual buyers who wish to obtain financing outside of dealerships. Some are also offering loans to those who have had foreclosures, something that wasn't possible previously.
If you'll be financing your new car, we recommend you read our Car Financing Tips.
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New York Tri-State Residents - Important:There is a new car leasing service called Carvoy, available to NY tri-state area residents, which I recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with car dealerships. Carvoy provides pre-negotiated lease deals, calculated with taxes and all fees incuded so you know exactly what it will cost. Here is my list of Best Carvoy deals, updated each month.
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About: Gregg Fidan
Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.
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