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Common Auto Financing Mistakes to Avoid

Couple Staring At Auto Financing Mistakes

Buying a new or used car typically involves more than simply picking a car you like and driving it off the lot. For most car buyers, purchasing a vehicle involves the additional step of getting auto financing through a bank, finance company or some other financial institution.

If you need to get financing for your next vehicle purchase, here are four mistakes you should avoid during the auto financing process (especially if you are trying to improve your credit):

  1. Not considering your budget
    Considering auto financing without having a firm grasp on your budget is how you can wind up purchasing a vehicle you may not be able to afford. Consider all of your monthly living expenses when determining your car-buying.

  2. Thinking about your financing options last
    Deciding on the type of car you want before determining the types of financing available to you can be a problem. Setting a budget, checking your credit and researching your auto financing options beforehand will help give you a better idea of what you can afford.

  3. Not knowing your credit history
    Checking your credit report before diving into the car-buying process is a good way to get an idea of the types and terms of financing you may qualify for when it comes time to buy your car.

  4. Not making a down payment
    Making a substantial down payment on a new or used car gives car buyers the advantage of having a shorter finance term, which may result in lower monthly payments and an overall lower cost of financing your vehicle.


If you are in the market to purchase a vehicle but need help getting approved for financing due to having bad credit or no credit, Credit Acceptance can help. Fill out the Start Your Credit Approval form on our website to find an enrolled dealer near you!