Protect yourself. Read these important car-buying tips before you sign!
The second post in our ongoing Financial Literacy Series for Financial Literacy Month is about negative equity. We answer what you can do to protect yourself against it, how to identify it, and what comes next.
The answer to this question is very succinct: Negative equity means owing more for a car than what it’s worth. How you get into negative equity is more complex.
Let's say you decide to buy a car you really like. If you take out a three-year loan, the monthly payments will be very high. If you take out an extended-term loan lasting between six and nine years, the monthly payments become more affordable.
However, by the time you pay off your loan, your car’s value will depreciate significantly.
If you plan to keep your vehicle for a long time, depreciation may not be a problem. Over time, your needs may change since you made your purchase. You may want to trade it in for another car before you’ve finished paying off the loan, resulting in heavy additional costs. Let’s take a closer look.
There are some things which should last forever, like love, or a diamond ring, but a car payment is not one of them. Yet forever is how long it might feel if you take out an extended-term loan (e.g. 96 months), without educating yourself on the perils of negative equity—owing more for a car than it is worth.To avoid the pitfalls of an extended-term loan, consumers need to educate themselves and be honest about their needs and car-buying habits.
When you owe more for a car than what it's worth, you have negative equity. Follow our infographic to find out how easily it can happen.
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