How to Finance a Car

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Buy a Car the Web Way

When buying or leasing a car, impulse is your enemy. Given the financial commitment required to buy a car, a purchase not shown proper consideration could leave you regretting your decision for a long time. Luckily, the Web's resources are perfect for getting you the information you need and moving that perfect car from the showroom floor to behind your garage door. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.

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How to Finance a Car

Unless you're sitting on a hefty savings account, buying a new or used car means taking out a loan. Use these sites to learn the ins and outs of auto financing, including how to access your credit score, improve your credit, calculate payments, and find a loan.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • Getting your financing through the car dealership can be convenient but it can cost you a lot of money if you're not getting a good rate. Before you head to the dealer, check your bank's Web site (or any bank's Web site) to get an idea of current interest rates so you can better evaluate any offer from the dealer.
  • A good credit score is important for securing the best rate on your loan. Before applying, be sure to check your score on a site like FreeCreditReport.com. If the credit check reveals a low (poor) credit score, improve your credit with help from the resources in the findingDulcinea Credit Guide.

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