It's tax season again! If you're like the lucky ones this means you're going to be getting a tax refund. So what exactly are YOU thinking of spending your tax refund on? A third of Americans spend their refund on an auto-related purchase. For this reason we have outlined a few ideas for you. Think of it as your car-friendly tax refund. If you need new tires, are overdue on maintenance, or looking to upgrade the car, truck, or SUV you're currently driving, this is a good place to start. There are various ways to spend your refund, but here are just the most common ones.
1. Use Your Tax Refund for a Down Payment on a New Car
This is one of the most popular ways to utilize your tax refund. If you're like many Americans with poor or bad credit, using your tax refund is a great opportunity to make a large down payment. This will likely open up auto financing options that may otherwise not be available to you. A considerable down payment will demonstrate to the dealership that you're a serious car buyer and might also help you receive a loan with lower monthly payments, making buying a car much more financially possible. Use our payment calculator to get an idea of what your payments might be.
2. Get Repairs or Upgrades on Your Current Car or Truck
Maybe it's a new set of tires to improve gas mileage or an essential tune-up that's overdue. A well-maintained car can last well beyond 100,000 miles. Routine maintenance as well as the occasional upgrade might not be as thrilling as driving off the lot in a brand-new car, but it's a fantastic way to stretch your dollars...and the life of your car.
3. Buy a Used Car
Used cars are an option if you are looking to find a reliable car but don't want to spend too much money. Sometimes used cars can have a bad reputation, but that's not the case at a respectable dealership like ours. Don't allow the miles on the odometer fool you. Those miles prove that by using good care and maintenance a used car can still be a reliable car. It's unlikely that a used car will still be under warranty, so it's important to make sure you buy your used car or SUV from a trusted dealer, like here. We inspect all our used cars for safety and reliability. That way you can rest assured that you're getting a car with a great price to quality ratio, and one that will last for many years to come
4. Lease a Car
The general rule on an auto leases is that when you put down a bigger down payment, your monthly payments will likely be lower. With that larger down payment, your lease payments will be more manageable, and you may be able to upgrade to a vehicle that you otherwise may not be able to through purchasing. While you're here take a look at our current lease offers.
5. Reduce Your Existing Loan
Placing a nice, big payment towards an existing car loan will allow you to get one step closer to becoming free of debt. You can make an extra payment, which helps you pay off the loan quicker, or lower the balance, which will reduce your interest over time. Additionally it is a smart idea to call your lender to see what they think is the better action to take in your particular situation.
6. Refinance Your Existing Auto Loan
Did you know you can restructure a pre-existing car loan? If your car loan has a high interest rate or you've improved your credit history since getting the loan, you may be able to utilize your tax refund as leverage and structure a much better loan with lower monthly payments. You may also make use of a portion of your tax refund to lower the principal and obtain an improved interest rate on the balance.
We hope you've found this tax refund guide helpful. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have about how we can help you make the most of your tax refund. We’ve been serving the community for many years, and people have come to rely on us for all their automotive needs. We want to see you get the most for your tax refund, so drop by our dealership to browse our new and used cars this tax season.