Save money on auto financing by knowing your credit score and leveraging competing loan offers at the dealership. Put money down, keep the term as short as you can afford, and — of course — don’t buy more car than you can afford.
You can get a low APR car loan with little or money down (with good credit). Use savings to pay off credit cards or other debt, not as a down payment.
Dave Ramsey tells people that FICO scores aren’t credit scores; they’re “I love debt” scores. Case in point: Last week, I paid off my auto loan. This week, my FICO score dropped 60 points. Sixty! There have been no other changes to my credit report. Needless to say, I’m pretty flabbergasted…and pissed off…that my score […]
Should you ever go into debt even if you have the cash to make the purchase? Dave Ramsey would definitely say “NO!”. But believe it or not, there are situations in which it may actually cost you more if you don’t go into debt!