"Is it a good idea to build my credit by getting a car loan at 20 years old? "

"I am 20 years old and have a stable, good paying job. I also have decent credit, but I would like to build up my credit for when I eventually want to buy a house. Is a car loan a good idea?"

Answer
“You should never buy a car specifically to build credit. There are plenty of ways to do that for free.
However, if you need a car and can afford it, it’s not a bad idea. You should be mindful of the interest rate, though, and you should shop around for the best deal. Dealership financing can be easier to get approved for, but credit unions will typically have the best rates.
Another bonus of getting a loan from a credit union or bank is that it will give you an opportunity to build a relationship with a lender that could help you get a house in the future.”
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Johnny Puckett
Answered on Jul 26, 2021
Johnny Puckett is a freelance writer and automotive expert. He has contributed content to a number of some of the largest online publications, aftermarket automotive manufacturers’ sites, and automotive informational sites. His experience in the automotive and information fields informs his writing at Jerry. His automotive interests bleed into his free time, where he enjoys modifying his favorite cars and woodworking.
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