Buying a Car

Buying a car is a major financial investment and we understand that it's also an important personal decision. The first thing to figure out is how much you can afford to spend.  The second decision you need to make is what kind of car will best suit your needs.  Are you single or a family of five?  Will you use it to commute every day or drive only on weekends?  Look at all the options and decide what is right for you.

Buy or Lease? Ask the Question.

That new car smell can be intoxicating and knowing you won't have any large mechanic bills for a while can be comforting, but most people don't have enough spare money saved to buy a new car with cash. The next decision to ponder is whether to lease or finance.

The advantage of leasing is that you will be driving a new car while making relatively low monthly payments. The disadvantage is that you may never own that car and there are many restrictions and penalties that come with a lease that you may find unacceptable for your driving style so read the lease agreement carefully before you commit to anything.

Depending on the size of the down payment, financing usually means a higher monthly payment but when you finance a car you have the pleasure of knowing that one day, it will belong to you.  At Summerland & District Credit Union, we offer 7 and 10 year car loans so your payment can be as low as a lease payment, without the question - "How much did I really pay for my car?"

Whichever method you choose, think about all costs involved in driving and maintaining a vehicle. Make sure you choose something that meets as many of your needs as possible, while still being something you can afford and enjoy.


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