Not too long ago, we talked about some of the benefits of dealer financing. In that article, we highlighted the fact that dealer financing can be more convenient; it is typically easier to negotiate with dealers on rates and promotions.
Of course, this all sounds great, but what is the process for getting a loan from the dealership? Great question. Here's how it works:
- Once you've finished shopping and have you eye set on a car, the salesperson begins working on the deal. They may need to check with a finance manager to discuss price, warranties and other products.
- A dealer will probably need to run your credit unless it's been run there in the last 30 days.
- A dealer will then need to get your loan pre-approved.
- If you have a trade-in, the car will be appraised to figure out the pay-off amount.
- You will then agree on a sale price for the new car and start the paper work.
- You'll share your driver's license, proof of insurance, the title for your trade-in vehicle, your registration and arrange payment.
- While this is going on, the dealer is washing your new car
- Finally, after all the paperwork is processed, you get the keys.
This process seems complex, and it is. The average car purchase takes roughly 4 hours. To speed up the process, try shopping during the week. If that's not an option, do the trade-in appraisal on a different day, and have your paperwork ready.
We hope this will give you a better understanding of the car-buying process and make it a smoother experience.