Should I finance a $9,000 car if I have $20,000 in savings to pay for it?

Should I pay cash for the car or should I finance all or a portion of the vehicle? I have $20,000 saved up to buy a car. After shopping around, I found the one car I like is only $9,000.

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Eric Schad
Answered on Jul 03, 2021
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“This is highly dependent on many factors:
  • the interest rate
  • your ideal down payment
  • if you want/need to build credit
If you can find a 0% interest loan, than financing the vehicle is a no-brainer. You keep all the money you’ve saved and you won’t pay anything extra on interest.
If you want to build credit, financing at least part of a new car would make sense. Just put down 50% and get a loan for the remainder.
Or you can just pay cash outright if you can’t find a decent loan rate or you don’t need to build credit.”
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