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Do your research before taking a car loan


Ferrari press car loaned for the day

Owning a car, which used to be a luxury a couple of decades ago, is now a basic necessity- as basic as your roti, kapda and makaan. And with easily available car loans with attractive features, the general mindset is: why wait to save enough to buy one, when you can own one on borrowed capital and repay it slowly at your own pace in equated monthly instalments?

But, while a house, jewelry etc are assets, as their value appreciates with time, a car, though perceived as one, isn’t actually an asset as its value depreciates with time. It is possessed more for convenience, and for some, it is a status symbol. Hence it is important to carefully consider the utility and the benefits before purchasing your vehicle, especially if you plan to fund it through a loan. Do keep the following points in mind –

  • Even if you can afford to, do not apply for a very huge loan which would result in a huge monthly EMI outgo and leave no liquidity in your budget to accommodate any extra unforeseen expenses.
  • Always try and repay your loan as soon as it is feasible.
  • While exploring loans from different lenders, do not just compare the interest rates. Look at the total cost in hand- including the processing fees, the repayment penalty etc.
  • Opt for loans of shorter tenures, as the cost in hand would be lesser.
  • Many banks have special arrangements with specific car dealers and offer special rates to their customers who hold a savings a/c with them. Do check out for such offers.
  • Apart from these, car dealers also offer seasonal discounts and freebies- during important festivals like Diwali, or towards the end of the financial year in February and March every year. Sometimes the freebies are quite attractive like a free stereo, 0 % EMI, free car servicing offers and deep discounts on exchange offers. It is advisable to make use of these.
  • Do careful research before finalizing on the loan. There are useful websites like bankbazaar.com and carwale.com which give an exhaustive comparison.
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One response

  1. Ganesh Krishnan | Reply

    Superb!

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