“Great (and important) question! An upside-down car loan
is a fairly common type of occurrence where the borrower owes more money on the vehicle than the value of the vehicle.
This can happen with high-interest rates, but unfortunately, your loan can also go upside down as soon as you drive off the lot. Cars depreciate in value quickly, and new cars can instantly lose 10% to 20% of their value after leaving the dealership.
However, getting into an upside-down loan is not unavoidable. You can:
So to ensure that you aren’t upside down on your car loan, you should check the value of the vehicle before you buy it (if it’s used) and compare that to the price offered by the dealer or seller. On a new car, the best way to make sure you don’t go upside down is by making a 10% to 20% down payment
. With this down payment, you offset the depreciation that accumulates when you drive off the lot.
You can use free tools like Jerry
to see if you’re eligible to get different refinancing options if your loan no longer works for you. And even if you do end up going upside-down, there are ways to get out of that too. With the right tools and resources, you should be able to keep that loan rightside-up!”