Category Archives: Budgets

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Should I Choose a Short-Term or Long-Term Car Loan?

Short-Term vs Long-Term Car Loans

Ideally, car shoppers would buy their vehicles outright with cash in full. Of course, this isn’t realistic for most drivers. Thus, car loans are available to help shoppers finance for their vehicle with a payment plan that is affordable. Granted, not every car loan is the same and you may receive a few different offers. To help you select a car loan, we will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of both short-term and long-term car loans.

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How You Can Save Money Buying Gas

Best Time and Days You Should Visit the Gas Station

For those on a tight budget, or those that wish to save some extra cash every month, getting the best prices on necessities like gas is important. A fact unknown to many drivers is that gas stations often sell gas for cheaper prices at certain times and days of the week. Here are a few things to consider so you can save money buying gas.

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Tips for Buying a Car for the First Time

Things that You Should Know When You are a First-Time Car Buyer

It’s a very exciting time to be able to shop for your very first vehicle. With this big step, it’s important to know what you should watch for and shop for. To help make your first car purchase memorable, we have a few financial tips for first-time car buyers that you should know before making the final decision.

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What is the 20/4/10 Rule for Buying a Car?

Recommended Budget Rule to Follow for Purchasing a Vehicle

Whether it’s your first car or fifth car, it’s important to always stay within a budget when shopping around for a vehicle. However, it’s not obvious how much you will be able to afford with a certain income. How do you figure that out? With the 20/4/10 rule, budgeting for a car will be easy. Below, we will describe this recommended budget rule in further detail so you have a full understanding of how you can create a budget for your next car purchase.

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How to Get a Car Loan with Bad Credit

Online Pre-Qualification at U.S. Auto Sales

Are you in the market for a reliable vehicle? Do you have struggling credit? No matter your credit score, you should be able to get access to a car you can afford and depend on for work, school, and running errands. However, getting qualified for a car loan can feel daunting if you don’t have excellent credit. Here’s how you can get a car loan with bad credit with our online pre-qualification application at U.S. Auto Sales.

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How Much Should I Put Down for a Car?

Pros and Cons of Large and Small Down Payments

You may have found the perfect car for your needs and comfort. Perhaps you even got qualified for a car loan. As you close the deal, the question of how much you want to leave as a down payment is raised. How much should you put down for a car? Ideally, you’d want to put down around 20% of the purchase price. What if you have more than 20% of the cash saved? What if you have less? Here, we will explore the pros and cons of making large and small down payments.

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What is the 50/30/20 Budget Rule?

Easy Budgeting Method to Save Money Every Month

Having a hard time budgeting? Want to save some money every month? Determining your budget for a variety of different things can be time-consuming and feel difficult. The 50/30/20 budget rule is an easy way to figure out how much you can afford for necessities, wants, savings, and debts. Here, we will walk you through how you can figure out your budget using the 50/30/20 rule.

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