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Car Buying Tips That Pay Off

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Be Happy With Your Car Deal

If you’re ready for a new car, make sure you’ll be happy with the deal you get at the dealership. We want you to enjoy your new vehicle more, so here are some car buying tips that pay off.

Start by deciding, before you even shop, how much you’re prepared to spend. This is great protection against the lure of the showroom—and you’ll still be thrilled with your new car.

Manageable Payments

One guideline is to shoot for a car payment no more than 20% of your disposable income. So after you deduct all your debts and living expenses, calculate one-fifth of the balance. The best scenario is for this amount to cover your car payments as well as insurance and gas.

Now think about how long you intend to make those payments. No surprise here—the longer you pay it back, the more you’ll pay overall. Stretching the loan out reduces each monthly payment, and that can be appealing. But you will pay more in total interest.

Use the Vehicle Affordability Calculator at to play with various loan terms. Then be honest with yourself about the impact on your bottom line and your other financial goals. A Mid Oregon Credit Union loan officer can help you walk through this step and explain your loan options.

And get pre-approved for a loan with Mid Oregon. This means you will go to the dealership and effectively bargain for your new car with cash—an ideal way to keep within your budget and give you the most options for financing.

Good Timing for Car Shopping

Now, does it matter when you go shopping? Here are a few timing tips:

Mid Oregon has an additional resource for you, CUDL AutoSMART. There, you can search for information by model, type of vehicle, dealer or local inventory.

Your Mid Oregon Credit Union loan officer has more insider car-buying insights for you. Stop in, email or call (541) 382-1795 today.

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