Is it better to refinance or trade you car in?

"Is it better to refinance your car or trade it in in order to save money? My car is a few years old and I still have 24 months of payments on it. I was looking at getting a new car and trading this one in, but I also might just refinance the one I have."

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Eric Schad
Answered on Jul 28, 2021
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“Both options have their pros and cons.
If you refinance, you can knock some interest off the loan and lower your monthly payment. If you trade it in, you can knock some money off the price of your new car–especially if you also provide a down payment–although you won’t get as much as if you sold the vehicle on your own.
Another important thing to note is whether or not you’re upside down on your car loan.
If you’re upside down on the loan, you probably won’t be able to refinance. In addition, you won’t get enough money to pay off the remaining part of the loan, which means the old car’s loan balance will get rolled over into the new loan.”

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