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The Best Use of Your Tax Refund (Hint: It’s Not a Vacation!)

ID-10094956Tax season is here again, and as people across the country file their tax returns, they are already making plans for how to spend their tax refunds.

With summer quickly approaching, many families will probably use their refund towards a vacation, new warm weather outfits, or a PS4 or Xbox One to keep the kids occupied while school is out. Unfortunately, there is a great option that families don’t always consider, and it can improve job stability and overall quality of day-to-day life.

Families who have been planning to buy a new car in 2014 should consider purchasing a pre-owned vehicle from a recent model year. Owning a car can improve a family’s economic standing, the parents’ job stability, and the well-being of the family as a whole. Additionally, it can improve the credit health of the parents if they keep up with their payments, and if they use their tax refund towards a down-payment, they can certainly negotiate a lower interest rate. Also, a pre-owned vehicle from last year or only a few years ago will still have modern features like built-in navigational systems, driver/passenger climate control, or Sirius radio.

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Survey: Americans Spending Tax Refund on New Cars, Auto Repairs

A new survey shows that Americans are already planning how to spend their tax refund, and the results point to a very happy spring for car dealerships across the country.

Out of the surveyed consumers, 68 percent expected to get a tax refund, and out of those consumers, a third will either spend the refund on a new or used car or spend it on car repairs. While the average tax refund amount is $2,900, the average amount they will put towards purchasing a new car or repairing their car is over $1,000.

During this time of the year, auto dealerships have the opportunity to close a lot of deals and move a significant amount of inventory. The survey showed that car buyers are just as interested in used cars as new cars, so if dealerships take the right marketing approach, they could see a spike in both new and used car sales.

For car buyers, this is also great news. Dealerships will be ready for a surge of customers, and many will offer seasonal incentives and deals in preparation of tax time. Besides that, having a tax refund ready as a down payment will give car buyers more options as far as available vehicles and flexible financing.

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Car Loans: Using Tax Refund as a Down Payment

It’s the silver lining of having to deal with taxes.  After all the math and beating your head against a table trying to figure out why box 8 doesn’t add up right because of box 6, it’s nice to see that chunk of change coming back into your pocket.  The average tax refund in 2011 was $2,913 according to an article in Yahoo Finance.  Another figure the article quotes is that the average American worker spends just shy of $2,000 a year on lunches and coffee.

It begs the question of just what to do with a hefty amount of money.  Does it go towards all those lunch breaks?  Does it go towards paying off the credit card debt built up from holiday shopping?  Is it time to buy that new TV?  57% plan to use it to pay off debts.  There’s another option though.  That amount of a refund is perfect for putting down towards a new vehicle.  It’s sound advice for the weary car buyer out there afraid of their credit score.  Lending is really starting to pick up in the sub-prime market as the economy is starting to turn around.  That’s great news for someone with extra spending cash in their wallet.

A higher down payment can lead to a much better monthly.  The difference between putting $1,000 down on financing a $15,000 car is about $297.46 a month at 10% interest.  If you put down closer to $3,000, that rate goes down to $254.96.  That’s over $50.00 a month and that savings can add up fast.  So before just using that tax refund to head to Starbucks, think hard about how much it might benefit the buying of a new car.

Now is a good time to buy and explore your options.  Approved Loan Store has a number of dealers available to work with you even if you have bad credit.  Fill out the easy application here and you’ll hear back from someone within 48 hours.   Make sure to also like us on Facebook to keep up to date on the latest news and trends in the industry.

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