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How Does Car Financing Work?

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Many drivers around Kirkland ask us, “How does financing a car work?” If you’ve wondered how car financing works or have asked, “What does it mean to finance a car?” Honda of Kirkland can help take the mystery and hassle out of car financing. Car financing simply means you get a loan for a vehicle and make monthly payments to pay back the loan. Honda of Kirkland makes it easy to apply for financing. Learn more below, and if you have questions, contact us.



What Does a Lender Need to Get You Qualified for a Car Loan?

To get approved for an auto loan, the lender will need to know the following: 

  • Employment History
  • Credit Score
  • Age of the Vehicle
  • Credit History
  • Condition of the Vehicle
  • Debt-to-Income Ratio
  • Loan Amount Requested
  • Repayment Terms

If you haven’t yet established credit or have bad credit, you may have to pay a higher interest rate than other Redmond applicants with better credit. So, try to make an effort to improve your credit score before you apply for a loan. 

Things to Do Before Applying for a Car Loan

If you live around Woodinville and want to learn how car finance works, we suggest you talk to a finance professional at Honda of Kirkland. You can use a payment calculator to determine how much you can afford to pay each month on your auto loan. These are some other things to keep in mind when setting your monthly automotive budget:

  • Make sure you always make your payment on time.
  • Estimate the value of your trade-in vehicle with Honda of Kirkland. It will reduce the total amount of your loan and keep your payments lower.
  • Remember to build into your monthly budget an amount for insurance, fuel, and car maintenance, and repairs.
  • Try to save money for a down payment. It will help you keep your monthly payment low.
  • Make sure you always make your car payment on time.

Finance a Car Today at Honda of Kirkland

Now that you no longer need to ask, “What does it mean to finance a car?” If you still have questions about the auto loan process, contact us at Honda of Kirkland. We’ll patiently answer your questions and are conveniently located near Seattle. Whether you need a new Honda or a pre-owned vehicle, our friendly sales team will work hard to get you the car of your dreams at an affordable price, so call us today. Take a look at more auto finance details such as how you can trade in a financed car.


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