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Experian May 23
A5: “If you are planning to make a major purchase such as a home or a car, it’s a good idea to order a copy of your credit report at least 3-6 months in advance.” Read more in this article from the Ask Experian Blog:
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Experian May 23
Q1: What is the best way to research a vehicle?
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Experian May 23
Q7: Is it better to buy or lease a car?
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Experian May 23
Q5: What financial information should you have ready to go before heading to the dealership?
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Experian May 23
Q10: What’s the most important thing to remember while car shopping?
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Experian May 23
Q9: Gas prices are at recent highs, what’s the number one thing people should remember when it comes to MPG?
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Kerrie Roberts May 23
A10: Take your time and do your homework. No impulse buys!
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Kerrie Roberts May 23
I learned so much today!
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Matt Schmitz May 23
A9: -Mind the number on the window sticker but also keep in mind that driving style & vehicle maintenance affect YOUR mileage. -Also bear in mind that any cars recommend or require premium fuel, which is increasingly costly relative to regular gas.
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Matt Schmitz May 23
A8, Part 2: Read fine print to see if warranty is transferrable & backed by the automaker or just the dealer — as that influences where you can take the car for repairs & whether that extended warranty can be a potentially selling point for a future buyer.
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Experian May 23
Q8: What should people know about extended warranties?
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Kerrie Roberts May 23
I'm taking Matt with me when I buy my next car. 😀
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Experian May 23
Q6: What are the challenges that come with getting a car loan?
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Arthur Khmura May 23
A2: Budget and figure how much you spend monthly. You'll be able to see what kind of car payment you can actually afford.
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Jennifer White May 23
Replying to @Experian
A4. Pay attention to how it sounds and how the steering and brakes feel. I also pay attention to my line of sight and how comfortable I am when driving. This article has some great test drive tips:
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Experian May 16
Q1: Why is it important to know and pay attention to your credit score?
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Matt Schmitz May 23
A3, Part 6: if you can only have the car with the nav system and the yellow paint, there won’t be as many to choose from and your negotiating leverage will be mitigated.
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Jennifer White May 23
Replying to @Experian
A6. It takes time to research the different vehicle options available within your budget and decide which car is right for you. It can be stressful, but you have to shop around for the best price and a loan with the best interest rates and terms.
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Matt Schmitz May 23
A2: •Know your total budget not just desired monthly payment •Calculate what budget works out to in terms of full price of the car using ’s payment calculator •Factor insurance/fuel/maintenance into your monthly budget
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Matt Schmitz May 23
A1: •Start w/ the type of car you want or that best suits your needs (SUV, minivan, sedan, pickup truck) •Figure out your budget •Go to a car-shopping site like ;) and narrow to handful of choices that suit your needs and fit your budget.
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