1) When you go to the supermarket you have a budgeted amount you are willing to spend so, why would you go to a dealership without a budget?
As a General Motors and Hyundai Product Specialist and former Finance Manager I see buyers do this everyday. They come into the dealership without knowing what is the best price they can get for the vehicle. On top of this they don’t know what interest rates they qualify for before coming to the dealership.
Not knowing best vehicle price + Not knowing interest rate = You Pay more!
Regardless of what type of credit you have you should always research and know the vehicle price and interest rate you qualify for before you enter any dealership. You can accomplish this by getting a FREE Auto Quote and FREE Auto Loan Quote before you visit the dealership.
Doing these two activities before visiting the dealership will save you both time and money. As well as make your auto buying experience better. Because no one really likes going to the auto dealer.
In fact I’m sure most people would rank the experience last on their preferred list of things to do, just above going to the dentist to get a root canal.
2) Not All dealerships are Created Equal – Know which dealerships offer programs for perfect and less than perfect credit.
Any dealership can deal with a person with perfect credit. However, not every dealership can handle individuals with less than perfect credit. By getting a FREE online auto loan quote you gain the following advantages:
a.) Find dealers that work with all customer types regardless of credit.
b.) Get approved for a vehicle loan regardless of credit.
c.) Know exactly what type of autos you qualify for.
3) Know what’s on Your Credit Report before you visit the Dealership.
There’s nothing worse than walking into a dealership and expecting a 5% interest rate and then having me, the Finance Manager quote you 21%. I’ve had to tell countless people this and some of them are upset as if I personally had something to do with what rate they qualify for and what is on their credit reports.
The truth is that you are responsible for your credit score, which largely determines what rate you qualify for. I rarely have any problem with customers who are educated about their credit scores because they already know the rates and types of autos they qualify for.
My advice is to get your FREE Credit Report and find out your credit score before you go to the dealer. This will allow you to know what rates you qualify for and to see exactly what good and bad things may be lurking on your credit report.
The advantage of submitting an online auto loan quote is that dealerships will automatically contact you with the types of autos you are approved for regardless of your credit.
4) Entering a FREE online auto loan quote gives you access to multiple dealerships without traveling — saving you time, gas and money.
In the past I’ve seen customers drive to several dealerships just to save a $100 dollars on their vehicle purchase price. That may have worked in the past but given gas prices who wants to drive around town and lose that money in gas. There is a better way you know? By submitting a FREE online Auto Quote you can get the best prices for any vehicle in the comfort of your home.
When you submit an online auto price quote your request is sent to several area dealers who compete for your business by sending you quotes for any vehicle you choose. So why waste money and time driving around town when you can have multiple quotes sent to you while sitting in your comfortable robe and slippers. Choose the best price and then go to that particular dealership.
5) Know what interest rate and terms you qualify for beforehand so you can enter a dealership and buy with confidence.
By submitting an auto loan application you get the benefit of having several dealerships work to earn your business. Once you land on a particular car and dealership, go to their website and find their payment calculator. Most dealers have this listed under the Finance or Payments section of their website. Use this helpful tool to figure out your interest rate and possible monthly payments.
6) You get pre-approved financing and this allows you to control the sales process because you know which vehicles you can afford to buy.
Ah yes, there’s nothing like confidently walking into the dealer knowing you’re pre-approved! Beats the alternative of not knowing anything! The great advantage to getting an auto loan quote is that you get pre-approved and can walk confidently into any dealership knowing:
*What vehicle you’ve been approved for.
*Amount that you will pay for your new or pre-owned vehicle.
*Estimated monthly payments and terms (months) for your auto.
I cannot stress enough how good it will feel to walk in with paper in hand of the vehicle you are about to purchase. It also allows the Sales Consultant to shorten the sales process thereby shortening your time at the dealership. Although, there are some people who actually like hangin out at the dealership. I know it sounds kinda weird but my son is one of those types of people along with some of our best customers.
7) It’s absolutely FREE!
Did I mention that getting an online auto loan quote is FREE! Oh yeah, I did. Just think, no getting dressed, starting up the car and driving around town wasting gas trying to haggle the best price out of each dealership. You just sit at your computer sipping your favorite beverage, fill out ONE auto loan quote and then magically; multiple dealers begin contacting you regarding your request. It’s that simple! The Internet is really a great thing!
Good Luck with your auto loan search.