How much money should you save for purchasing a new car?

Like anyone else in the country, a Nebraska motorist who's looking to buy a new truck, car, or SUV must consider how much money to save up for down payments. Financing can pay for the majority of a vehicle's price, but you'll probably need to put down at least $2,000 to make a purchase. Having a larger upfront payment could provide several important benefits.

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Minimum Down Payment For a New Car

If you have an excellent credit rating, you might qualify for an auto loan with no money down. If you do, you still need to pay the sales tax and various fees. In addition to this, dealerships usually add expenses such as registration, advertising, documentation and delivery charges to the bill. If you select a $25,000 vehicle, plan to spend around $2,200 on fees and taxes depending upon where you are located.

Estimating the Ideal Car Down Payment

Many drivers don't qualify for auto loans without paying a substantial portion of the price of the car in cash. If you have a low or average credit score, lenders will expect a larger down payment. When you start saving for a new vehicle, remember that a bigger down payment will benefit you in multiple ways:

  • You’ll receive lower monthly loan payments
  • Less money will be spent on interest
  • And you may not need gap insurance

Consumer Reports encourage motorists to save up a minimum of 15 percent of the vehicle purchase price to use as your down payment. On the other hand, Edmunds describes one-fifth as the "ideal" amount but also suggests putting 10 percent down and buying gap insurance as well. Keep in mind that you can treat the value of any trade-in vehicle as part of your initial payment.

Estimating the Ideal Car Down Payment

Consider Leasing a Car Instead

Leasing may be a good choice if you want to drive a new auto without saving up much money. Many leases have total upfront expenses ranging from $3,500 to $4,500. You may qualify to lease a car with no down payment and less than $1,000 in fees. A higher initial cost usually reduces the monthly expense but won't affect interest rates.

What to Do?

The right down payment amount depends on your income level, credit rating, car price, trade-in vehicle and other factors. It also varies based on your personal financial goals. Sarpy County motorists can easily compare many great loan options which fit their needs at Honda Cars of Bellevue. Our eastern Nebraska dealership offers competitive rates and financing solutions that accommodate many different budgets without hassle!

Honda Cars of Bellevue’s main job is to help find the vehicle that’s right for you and your  budget.  Whether you're interested in a truck, van, or sedan, we will work with you to  determine the best vehicle option to fit your finances and lifestyle. The advice from Edmunds and Consumer Reports is great advice, but give us a call at 402-695-6500, or contact us now so that we can give you available options based upon your credit rating, savings, and or trade in. We’re here to help .