While it is important to watch out for dealer add-ons when you’re buying your car, you don’t have to be too jaded about all of them. A few of your available options are potentially useful, depending on your situation. Just make sure that you’re getting the best deal possible before adding any extra expense to your auto loan.
From our own experience, one key to successfully completing a subprime car loan is the ability to keep a vehicle in running condition. In many cases, a service contract can help borrowers on a tight budget avoid unforeseen expenses while keeping their credit repair plans on track.
Before you psych yourself up for negotiating your next car deal, you should know which parts of the vehicle’s cost are flexible and which ones are set in stone. The dealer has control over much of a car’s final price, but they don’t have a say in everything.
Over the years we have noticed that car buyers, especially those consumers with poor credit who have recently been approved for an auto loan, can be taken in by the sales pitches from telemarketers touting used car service contracts.
Finance managers at car dealerships sometimes refer to it as part of “fully protecting” an auto loan when they speak with borrowers including those with damaged credit. That description is fairly accurate and before making a decision consumers should have a basic understanding of how credit disability insurance works.
Finance managers have been known to present the product to problem credit buyers as “protecting an auto loan” which is actually a fairly accurate description. But the fact remains that credit-challenged borrowers, in particular, should have a basic understanding of how credit life insurance works.
Here at Auto Credit Express we’ve always felt that a service contract was one of the better dealer backend products for borrowers with problem credit, especially if they’re financing a used car with a high-risk auto loan. But a recent article from the Service Contract Industry Council which includes a number buying tips also points out another reason why purchasing one might be a good idea.