Should I buy a Mazda CX-5 with a loan that's more than my annual salary?

"I want to buy a Mazda CX-5 that costs $25,000, but I only make $24,000 a year.

Is it a good move to purchase/finance a car that's more than my annual salary?"

“You could buy this car, but you might find it will become a financial burden every month when you factor in gas, maintenance, and full-coverage car insurance (that you’ll be required to have for your loan).
For example, if you get a 60-month loan at 5%, you’ll pay $472 a month. Add in gas ($50) and car insurance ($200), and you’re looking at about $722 per month. Compare this to your $2,000 month salary. Can you really afford it? Maybe not.
Instead of taking out this loan, either pay cash for a car or find one that’s less expensive. You’ll thank yourself later for doing so.”
Eric Schad
Answered on Jun 07, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.

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