Budget Tips

Buying a car should be an exciting process – not a stressful one. Unfortunately, factors can intervene to add strain to the experience. The good news? It doesn’t have to be a tense experience. If you’re a first-time buyer or have a few dark points on your credit score, don’t worry! We here at Orange Coast Auto Group have a few tips that will help to make your buying experience as hassle-free as possible. In no time, you’ll be on the road enjoying your new vehicle.

Plan a budget

Outline a budget to determine how much you can afford to spend on a vehicle. Next, opt for a vehicle that aligns comfortably within your price range. If you would like some assistance, chat with one of our team members to decide which options will match your budget. You can also use our payment calculator to get a realistic idea of the monthly cost of your car, which you can find at the bottom of the page. Together, we can find a budget and a vehicle that works best for you.

Your down payment

The bigger your down payment, the lower your subsequent monthly payments. A larger down payment typically increases your chance of approval when applying for financing. Although the cost is greater upfront, it can pay off in the long run or put less down if you are more comfortable with a higher payment.

Accuracy counts

When applying for a financing plan, be as accurate as possible. Details count, so give as much information as possible in your application, as it can improve your chances of getting approved.

Know your vehicle’s worth

If you plan to trade in your current vehicle, make sure that you know its value. You can also use our unique trade-in tool to get a clear idea of its worth. This will help you understand your total equity.

Budgeting Tips

Most people use financing when purchasing a vehicle.These tips will help you establish a budget and understand what you can afford to spend on a monthly car payment. Once you have determined this information, you can find a vehicle that meets all of your needs.

Determine your GMI

Figure out your gross monthly income (GMI). Typically, leading financial institutions recommend that you spend 15% to 20% of your GMI on your monthly car payment.

Consider the costs

There is more to the cost of a vehicle than the price tag alone. Consider these expenses when determining your budget:

  • Price of the vehicle
  • Down payment amount
  • Vehicle depreciation
  • Fuel costs
  • Insurance fees
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Leasing options
  • Interest rates

If financing for your new vehicle feels daunting, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our team members. We’re here to help – and together, we can find a vehicle that meets all of your needs and exceeds your expectations.