Unless you have the money to buy the car you want outright, getting a car loan is a good way to get the vehicle you need while staying within your budget. However, there are a few things to consider before getting a loan. First, make sure the car is worth the extra monthly payment that you will be agreeing to over the next several years, and make sure the total purchase price is representative of the value of the vehicle you want to buy. When calculating the total purchase price, remember to take into consideration any add-ons such as extra options, fees, extended warranties, and so on. Then consider the interest rate and the additional cost that comes with it. Finally, make sure the term, or the length of the loan, fits within your budget.