What's the single most important rule to financing a car?

What's the most important rule when financing a vehicle? I'm financing a car and I know many people have rules regarding the practice.

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Eric Schad
Answered on Jul 01, 2021
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“If you’re financing a car, you should definitely adhere to a set of guidelines. But which one is most important is entirely in the eye of the beholder.
Some of the most important rules include:
  • Don’t finance a car that costs more than 10% of your monthly income
  • Put at least 20% down
  • Don’t get a term longer than 48 or 60 months (avoid 72-month loans)
  • Walk away if you don’t feel comfortable
  • Always shop around
Since these rules all go hand-in-hand, there’s no single steadfast rule that will prevent you from getting burned.
Instead, employ all of these rules, and you’ll get the best deal on a new car that’s right for your needs and budget.”

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