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New Year, New Car?

As we roll into the new year, aspirations and plans for change often find their way into our lives. For many, this might mean considering a new set of wheels. If you’re contemplating purchasing a new vehicle or even thinking about refinancing your current one, this article brings you valuable tips and reminders to navigate this journey seamlessly.

Purchasing a New Vehicle: A Guide

When diving into the realm of purchasing a new car, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the options and dazzled by the latest features. Here are some tips to consider before making this significant investment:

Set a Budget

Determine your financial boundaries and stick to them. Remember to consider not just the upfront cost but also ongoing expenses like insurance, maintenance, and fuel.

Research, Research, Research

Explore different makes and models that align with your needs and lifestyle. Don’t forget to check reviews, safety ratings, and resale value.

Get Pre-Approved

The negotiation process can often be the most stressful part of the car buying experience. Being pre-approved pre-negotiation gives you a stronger position at the table. Contact a Trademark representative to help you start the pre-approval process.

Take a Test Drive

Always test drive the car before finalizing your decision. This step is crucial to ensure the vehicle suits your comfort and driving preferences.

Negotiate Wisely

Don’t shy away from negotiating the price. Dealerships might be willing to negotiate, especially towards the end of the month or year.

Reminder: Refinancing Your Current Vehicle

While the excitement of a new car purchase might be tempting, don’t forget about the potential benefits of refinancing your existing vehicle:

Lower Interest Rates

If interest rates have dropped since you purchased your car or if your credit score has improved, refinancing could mean lower monthly payments or reduced interest costs over the loan term.

Improved Loan Terms

Refinancing can also offer extended loan terms or the opportunity to adjust your repayment schedule to better suit your financial situation.

Access to Equity

If your car’s value has increased or if you’ve paid down a significant portion of your loan, refinancing could allow you to access that equity for other purposes.

As we embark on this journey into the new year, remember that Trademark is here to support you through every financial decision. Whether it’s purchasing a new vehicle or exploring refinancing options, our team is dedicated to providing guidance and assistance every step of the way.

Here’s to a year filled with exciting possibilities!