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Low Monthly Car Payments Drive Subprime Credit Auto Sales

ID-10073066Going into summer 2013, banks and lenders are offering more options to subprime credit auto buyers including lower monthly payments and longer auto loan lengths.

According to Experian, the average monthly payment on a new auto loan in 2013 is $459, and new car buyers are extending the length of their loans as long as 84 months. 19.5 percent, or nearly 1 in 5 new car buyers, are opting for 73 to 84 month auto loans.

The obvious downside to a longer auto loan is that it will cost more in interest than a higher monthly payment and a shorter loan length. It is simple math, and there is no way around that. Still, a longer auto length is often a good option for consumers who need a lower monthly payment. Plus, they can always make higher payments and pay off the loan quicker if their financial situation changes and they have more money to put towards the loan.

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Longer or Shorter Auto Loan Length: The Right Choice for You

If you’ve been paying attention to auto loan trends, you would have noticed that the length of the typical auto loan has gone up in 2012, averaging at 64 months or about 5.3 years. Lenders are more willing to grant these longer loans, and looking at the lower monthly payments, it is easy to see why these loans appeal to consumers. These longer loans, however, are not necessarily right for everyone, and choosing the wrong loan length could cost you in the long run. How do you know if you need a shorter or longer loan length? We have a rundown of the major advantage and disadvantage of both types below.

Longer Loans

Longer loans are usually better for people who have shakier finances. The monthly payments are lower, so if a costly emergency comes up, the car payments won’t be as much of a burden. The downside of longer loans is that the interest adds up. In the end, you will end up paying more for the car, but you’ll get to pay it over a longer period of time.

Shorter loans

Shorter loans are better for people who are certain they can pay the loan off quickly, usually people with less financial obligations. The biggest upside to shorter loans is that you will pay much less in interest over the course of the loan. The downside is that if an emergency comes up, the monthly payments are much higher and will put a bigger burden on your finances.

The great thing about going through Approved Loan Store instead of walking up to any dealership is that our Special Finance Representatives will sit down with you personally and help you figure out what type of auto loan is the right choice for you. They will review your financial situation and determine with you what will suit your needs and not break your budget, whether that is a longer or shorter loan length.

Are you ready to get into a new or used car? Approved Loan Store wants to help you get into the car you want at terms you can afford! Fill out our secure online auto loan application here, and connect with us by liking Approved Loan Store on Facebook, following Approved Loan Store on Twitter, and subscribe to Approved Loan Store on YouTube!

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