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Financial advice regarding purchasing a car

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Carlyle, May 15, 2014.

  1. Carlyle


    May 15, 2014
    Hi all! I'm starting D1 this fall at one of the expensive 400K+ schools and plan on doing it all through loan. Have about 15k left from undergrad. Since I need a vehicle at where I'll be attending, a family member has generously offered to give me the $ to purchase a new vehicle for school as a gift.

    My question is simple really, since I'm taking out the full brunt of loans, does it help my credit at all if I stash the $ for the car and pay it off incrementally at a 0.0% APR, or to pay it off full when I purchase? Any other advice on anything prudent that one might recommend?
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  3. Glimmer1991

    Glimmer1991 5+ Year Member

    May 5, 2012
    If you can get a 0% loan, you might as well take it. Theoretically, you can keep the money in a high yield savings account and be earning interest on it while you pay the car off in chunks. If you pay in full, you don't have that opportunity.

    Also, if you are responsible with the loan, I'm sure it will help your credit score. A mixture of different types of credit is good.
  4. Illfavor

    Illfavor 5+ Year Member

    Jan 3, 2012
    sjv and Glimmer1991 like this.
  5. Glimmer1991

    Glimmer1991 5+ Year Member

    May 5, 2012
    It makes me sad to hear the interest rates that used to be around!

    Here I sit with 0.87%... and it's about as good as I can find. :dead:

    Still better than the 0.01% I used to get with Bank of America!!!

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