“Don’t believe everything you hear.” How many times have you heard this when you were a kid? Well, everyone grows up and it’s time to actually listen to that little old saying, especially when it comes to buying a vehicle. There are tons of common myths and misconceptions out there, but what is the truth behind these myths? Find out the true answers to some of the most common car buying myths right here:
Myth #1 Auto dealers will always have the best loan rate & payment.
This isn’t always necessarily true. Credit unions and other financial institutions also offer competitive rates compared to dealerships. Those who are looking into buying a car should shop around and not only compare rates, but also compare restrictions, to find the best deal that fits their wants and needs.
Myth #2 Seeking multiple pre-approvals/loan offers will destroy your credit rating.
An individual’s credit score will not be affected negatively if seeking multiple offers. The analysis will have to be made within a certain time period of 14 days. However, keep in mind while shopping around this may cause multiple creditors to request a consumer’s credit report.
Myth #3 Auto loan refinancing is expensive.
It’s actually the opposite. Refinancing can drastically reduce your monthly payments and is an option you should consider. Have you stopped into your local First Financial branch location to see how much we may be able to save you each month by refinancing your car loan? Or give us a call at 866.750.0100, Option 4.
Myth #4 Refinancing isn’t an option on an auto loan.
Most people know that refinancing an auto loan can provide the same benefits as refinancing a home loan. They both can save you a lot of money by lowering the monthly payment or interest rate. Many may not know that refinancing an auto loan is actually much easier than refinancing a home loan. You might want to consider refinancing if your current car loan interest rate is above 6 percent, doing so could save you hundreds of dollars each year if you are approved!
Myth #5 Consumers think that even though Credit Unions have better rates – that you have to have perfect credit to get them, or be part of a union or work at a certain company to get them.
You do have to be a member of a Credit Union to get the Credit Union’s rates, and the rate you qualify for is based on your credit worthiness. However, most people do not realize just how easy it is to join a Credit Union these days, and that Credit Unions will at least try to work with you and help you get on the right track to a better financial standing if you aren’t currently. The majority of Credit Unions how have community charters – where you simply need to live, work, worship, or attend school in a certain area in order to become a member of that particular Credit Union. That’s certainly the case at First Financial – to join $5 in a Base Savings Account is needed at all times, and you must live, work, worship, or attend school in Monmouth or Ocean Counties in New Jersey. Plus, once you are a member – your immediate family can join too!
Here at First Financial, Enterprise Car Sales and First Financial are able to offer First Financial Members monthly deals on used vehicle purchases through Enterprise. December 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014 - members can get rates as low as 1.99% APR up to 60 months.* Get started by getting preapproved by First Financial and search for certified used cars online with Enterprise Car Sales.
As always, First Financial offers great low rates – and they’re the same whether you plan to purchase a new or used vehicle! Currently, auto loan refinance rates are as low as 3.74% APR** If you need a handy tool to help you figure out those monthly auto loan payments to see what you can afford before you buy, try our free loan calculator application called AutoCalcubot. We also provide a free auto buying and research tool, AutoSMART – a great place to find new and used vehicles!
*APR=Annual Percentage Rate. Rates as low as 1.99% APR for 60 months. This is a buy down rate. The amount of the buy down will not affect the price of the vehicle. For example, a $15,000 loan at 1.99% APR with a term of 60 months would have a monthly payment amount of $262.85. 100% Financing available including Tax, Title and License. Financing for qualified First Financial Federal Credit Union members. Not all buyers will qualify. Actual rate may vary based on credit worthiness. Offer valid only on Enterprise Car Sales vehicles 12/1/13 – 1/31/14 only. Used vehicles were previously part of Enterprise short-term rental, lease fleet or purchased from Enterprise from other sources including auto auctions, with previous use possibly short-term rental, lease or other. Offer only valid on one trade-in for each Enterprise vehicle purchase. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.
**Subject to credit approval. Credit worthiness determines your APR. A $15,000 loan at 3.74% APR with a term of 60 months would have a monthly payment amount of $274.49. A First Financial membership is required to obtain a First Financial auto loan and is available to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Monmouth or Ocean Counties.