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Once you’ve negotiated your price, it’s time to close the deal. If you haven’t already, the dealer can help you get financing, insurance and even your tags and title. In the meantime, you’ve probably been at the dealership for hours. You’re tired and you just want to drive away with your new car. This may be when a dealer attempts to sell you a few extras before all is said and done.
Loan/lease payoff coverage, also known as gap insurance, is often offered to buyers during financing. This type of policy offers buyers protection from negative equity or being “upside-down” on a loan. When you drive your car off the lot, it can lose value immediately, putting you in a negative equity situation. With gap insurance, if you’re in an accident or the vehicle is damaged, you’ll be covered for the difference between the cost of the vehicle and the amount you owe on the vehicle. You’ll need to crunch the numbers to see if this extra policy is right for you, but if you’re driving off in a new car, there’s a good chance you’ll want to have the peace of mind this policy provides.
Extended warranties are often expensive and spell big bucks for the dealer. So, you want to know how to determine if you truly need an extended warranty before you shell out hundreds, even thousands of extra dollars.
Who should purchase an extended warranty?
Remember, you don’t have to buy an extended warranty the same day you purchase the car. You can shop around to find the best deal and buy later.
There are several other types of warranties you may also want to consider.
Congratulations! You’ve bought a new car! Doesn’t that new car smell make it all worth while?
Let’s hope so, because you’re not finished getting the most out of your money. The costs of buying a car will travel with you for the entire life of your vehicle!