How Does Car Financing Work?

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If you’re ready to get a new or used vehicle, you have a couple of financial pathways; you can purchase it outright, lease it, or apply for financing. If you’re asking yourself, “What does it mean to finance a car” and “How does financing work,” we’re here to help you understand the process, so you make a well-informed decision and enjoy the excitement of bringing home your new vehicle to Beckley.

How Does Financing a Car Work?

If you’re interested in financing a new or used vehicle, the first step is to apply for the loan through the dealership, a bank, or a credit union. You can apply for a loan at the dealership, or get started with the click of a button thanks to Mercedes-Benz of Charleston’s secure online application. Factors that the lender will look at include:

  • Credit Score
  • Loan Amount
  • Length of Loan
  • Debt-to-Income Ratio
  • Age of the Vehicle

If you know your credit score is less-than-perfect or you don’t have a varied credit history, you may need a family member or close friend to cosign your loan.

Choose Your Lender

Once you’re approved for a loan, you might have a few different options to choose from. If the dealership offers in-house financing, you can compare their rates to that of your local bank or credit union to see which is the best fit for your budget. Beyond the interest rate, look at how much money you can put down, and how much your monthly payments will be so you can be confident you can pay down the loan.

Finalize the Loan Terms

Before finalizing your loan and buying a car, you may want to use this opportunity to negotiate a price. If you opt to do this, you and the salesperson can go back and forth until you settle on a loan with an interest rate that works for you. After you’ve come to an agreement, you can finalize the loan terms and close the deal. At this point, you’ll sign all the necessary paperwork, take delivery of the vehicle and drive home to the Huntington area in your new vehicle.

Want to Know More About Car Financing in Charleston?

If you have additional questions about auto financing, speak with a representative at our finance department near Bridgeport. They’ll provide additional information on auto financing, as well as explain how leasing works.

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5 Dudley Farms Lane Charleston, WV

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Phone: (304) 746-0500

5 Dudley Farms Lane Charleston, WV


Phone: (304) 746-0500

5 Dudley Farms Lane Charleston, WV


Phone: (304) 746-0500

5 Dudley Farms Lane Charleston, WV
38.326558 -81.713262
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Mercedes-Benz of Charleston
Mercedes-Benz of Charleston
5 Dudley Farms Lane
Charleston, WV, 25309 United States
(304) 746-0500
Mercedes-Benz of Charleston 38.326558, -81.713262.