Are you seeing the need to get yourself a new set of wheels? Maybe you have been waiting until the pandemic restrictions were reduced? Perhaps your current vehicle is becoming less reliable? Generally, more people make vehicle purchases in the spring. Mid Oregon wants you to know why auto loan pre-approvals are critical today..

Mid Oregon Credit Union has many thousands of vehicle loans, and each year we help Central Oregon’s purchase thousands of cars, trucks, RVs and “toys”. We strongly suggest you get pre-approved for any vehicle purchase, especially today. While always a good idea, currently it may make the difference in getting what you want, when you want it.

Why Get Pre-Approved For Your Loan?

  • Verifies you can afford the car you want. You will want to focus on the vehicles that fit in your price range. There are many brands, makes and models theoretically available. You should concentrate your efforts where prices, whether new or used, are affordable to you.
  • Reduces pressure while buying. There can be a lot of stress just finding, test driving and negotiating your purchase. Having your loan settled is one less thing to worry about. You will want to be focused on the vehicle and price to make a better decision.
  • Lender will have more of your interest in mind. If you finance through a credit union or bank directly, they want to be sure the loan works for your circumstances. That lending relationship will continue long after you drive off the dealer’s lot. Both you and your lender want that to work long term.
  • Choose better loan terms. When you are at the credit union looking at a pre-approval, you will have knowledgeable input on what you can afford. You can easily see how interest rate, monthly payments, duration of the loan and overall costs will look for you. You aren’t pressured or rushed in order to get your vehicle purchased.
  • Learn about additional insurance or service coverage at better cost. Mid Oregon, and likely other financial institutions, will have lower cost additional products and services you can set up with your financing. Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP), Mechanical Breakdown Protection and Life, Disability and Unemployment protection are the most common. These can help provide peace of mind with your major purchase.
  • Get trade-in valuation information. Mid Oregon will look up current values on your potential trade-in. Sometimes it is easier to handle that at the dealer, but normally you can get more value in selling it yourself. You will have more time to consider the choice.

Why Auto Loan Pre-Approvals are Critical Today

  • Low Inventory. New vehicles have been in short supply due to supply chain issues. Chip availability for new auto electronics are the major reason, but there are others. As a result you will have fewer vehicles on the lots to see, and if you find one, having your pre-approved loan and amount allows you to make a fast decision. Even if you order your vehicle, having your loan in-hand can mean getting delivery sooner. While the used car market has its differences, being able to make quicker decisions is still important.
  • Rising Prices. Prices on new cars increased over 12% from January 2021 to January 2022. And 82% of buyers paid over sticker price, compared to 3% in January 2021. If you are pre-approved, you can better determine current affordability in the moment.
  • Higher gas prices and operating expenses. Often vehicle buyers only focus on the monthly payments for their purchase. While we know that the total cost is equally important, the monthly maintenance expenses can make a big difference to affordability. Fuel prices have risen dramatically in recent weeks, and even motor oil costs have increased. Coupled with lower supply of some parts and even difficulty getting in for services, the expenses for operating a vehicle need to be strongly considered with your purchase and loan payments.

Getting Pre-Approved is Time Well Spent

Talking to a vehicle lender like Mid Oregon Credit Union before you start shopping can be a great decision. You will use your time better by concentrating on what you can afford, not wasting your time. It’s easier to be more responsive when shopping, and have less stress in doing so. You stand a better chance of getting the vehicle you need, when you need it. And you will have more peace of mind knowing the financing will be better for you, without the pressure of a quick decision.

Mid Oregon would love to help you with your pre-approval. Many purchasers start online with our easy application. You can also visit one of our Central Oregon branches, or reach out to us through email or by phone (541) 382-1795. Let us help you get the vehicle you want, when you want it!

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