How Does Used Vehicle Financing Work?

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Some West Palm Beach drivers aren’t sure how used vehicle financing works, and the finance specialists at Lexus of Palm Beach are happy to help! When you’re ready to purchase a used or new car for your Delray Beach lifestyle, you have several options. You can purchase it with cash, lease it, or apply for financing. But is used vehicle financing different from new car financing? Can you finance a used car, or must you pay cash? Check out this guide to how used vehicle financing works to have a hassle-free used car buying experience.



How Does Used Vehicle Financing Work?

The first step in learning how used vehicle financing works is to apply for a loan with a bank, credit union, or a dealership like Lexus of Palm Beach that provides in-house financing. At Lexus of Palm Beach, you can apply for credit online. These are some things a potential auto lender will evaluate before granting you a loan:

  • Loan Amount
  • Credit Score
  • Length of Loan
  • Your Employment and Income
  • Debt-to-Income Ratio
  • Age of the Vehicle

Used vehicle financing is similar to new car financing except that the interest rate will likely be higher and there may be some restrictions on how old the car can be or how many miles it can have on the odometer. If you have poor credit or no credit history, consider asking a friend or family member to cosign your auto loan.

Choose Your Lender Carefully, and Compare Offers

If you get approved for a used car loan, you might have a few options. If a Lake Worth dealership offers you in-house financing, you should compare their offer with any bank or credit union loan approvals to see which works best for your needs and budget. Compare how much money you must put down, how much your monthly payments are, the interest rate, and the length of the loan. Remember, you can try to negotiate your terms until you are satisfied with them.

Finalize the Loan Terms

Once you have agreed on everything from the price of the vehicle to the loan terms, it’s time to sign the papers and close the deal. Read the entire contract carefully before you sign it. Then you get the keys to your used car or certified pre-owned vehicle and can drive it home to Palm Beach Gardens!

Finance a Used Car at Lexus of Palm Beach

Now that we’ve answered the question, “Can you finance a used car?” are you ready to take the next steps? If so, explore our Lexus-certified pre-owned cars, or if you are on a strict budget, browse our used vehicles priced under $10k! Feel free to reach out to our West Palm Beach finance department with any questions.


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