Maximizing Your Budget

Buying a car can be a daunting task no matter how good your credit score is, and if you are a first time buyer, have a short credit history, or maybe even a few credit challenges, it can be downright stressful. Here are a few financing tips to make your car-buying experience as easy as possible.

Choose a car that fits needs and your budget

Your Sales Consultant can help you fill out a guest sheet to determine what vehicles will work best for you. You can also get an average car payment estimate with our online financing calculators.

Maximize your down payment

Increasing your down payment lowers your monthly payment, lowers the total interest you will pay, and can improve your offer and chance of approval.

Estimate your trade

Know how much equity you have in your current vehicle, if you’re planning on trading it in, to get a better understanding of your total purchase. If you're not sure, Go Auto can give you a free appraisal of your current vehicle, and even contact your current financing company to help you determine your total equity.

Be accurate

Provide accurate and thorough information on your application.

Budget and Affordability Suggestions

Most customers use some form of car financing to complete their vehicle purchase. The following information can help you determine what car payment you can afford each month, and how to use that to help with your vehicle selection.

The rule of thumb from most financial institutions is to spend no more than 15% of your gross monthly income on your car payment. For example, if you make $2,000 a month you should spend no more than $300 on your car payment, and if you make $4000 your payment should be $600 or less per month. Monthly payments normally range from $20 - $25 per $1,000 financed.