My husband and I have a tendency to purchase new automobiles and hold them till they die. My automobile is eighteen years previous, and his is 9 years previous. We might have preferred to have changed my automotive final 12 months, however with the market being the way in which it’s, we’ve determined to attend so long as doable. Nonetheless, we’re planning for the day we have to purchase a alternative, so I’ve been researching choices. Within the course of, I stumbled upon a novel tackle paying for a automotive.
Our Objective for Automobile Alternative
We’ve purchased three autos in the midst of our 22-year marriage. Every time, we needed to take out a mortgage for almost all of the associated fee. This time, we wish to do it otherwise.
Thus far, we’ve saved about 45% of the price of a brand new automobile. Every month, we save a further 2.5% of the worth of the automotive. I wish to pay money for our alternative automobile, however I’m undecided we’ll be capable to save sufficient earlier than the 18-year-old automobile dies. Nonetheless, I wish to save as a lot as doable so we will take out a small mortgage.
That was the plan, however then I learn one thing which will trigger me to rethink.
A Distinctive Tackle Paying for a Automobile
Whereas perusing one of many many monetary Fb teams that I belong to, somebody was in the identical state of affairs as me—attempting to save lots of for a automobile and eager to take out the smallest mortgage doable. Then, one commenter really helpful that she not put a lot down on the automotive. As an alternative, she ought to take a car loan for almost all of the price of the automobile and pay the minimal mortgage fee for a 12 months or two. Then she ought to use her saved cash to pay down the automotive mortgage.
This commenter stated, as everyone knows, that if you drive a new car off the parking zone, it instantly depreciates. So, when you take out a mortgage for the total amount of the vehicle, you’ll be the wrong way up on the mortgage for the primary 12 months or extra as a consequence of this depreciation.
In case you pay a good portion down, say 25 to 50 p.c or extra, a part of that cash vanishes as you drive the automotive off the lot. This isn’t an issue when you hold a automobile so long as we do. Nevertheless, it’s a drawback in case you are in an accident and the automotive is totaled. The commenter prompt ready to place that giant chunk of cash down till after you’ve skilled the primary hit of depreciation.
I don’t just like the considered taking out such a big automotive mortgage and paying the curiosity each month, however I can see the commenter’s logic. Then again, is the curiosity that I might pay on a automotive mortgage for a 12 months or two, particularly on the present rates of interest, equal to the depreciation I might face when driving the automotive off the lot? Am I primarily paying the identical quantity however it in a distinct method?
What are your ideas on this distinctive tackle paying for a automotive? Does the commenter have a degree, or ought to I stick to my unique plan and pay as a lot down as doable to cut back the mortgage I’ve to take and the quantity of curiosity I’ll should pay?