Everyone is looking for the best deal possible when it comes to financing. One way to insure you get the best deal from the lender is to have a down payment. Depending on your credit history, you may not be "required" to put any money down, but if you do, you may be able to get more favorable terms from the financial institution making your loan. Here are a few reasons why you want to put down money on a car loan.
Lower Payments: one of the biggest reasons you want to put money down is you will have lower monthly payments. Regardless of the terms that the lender gives to you, the lower the amount finance, the lower your payment will be. It is just simple math.
Build Equity: when you decide to put money down on a car purchase, you are more apt to build equity in your car faster. If you are like me, trading your car every few years can be tough if you are upside down in your current vehicle (owe more on it than it is worth). By putting a larger down payment on the loan, you begin to build equity faster and that allows you to trade your vehicle more often.
Save Money: the larger the down payment, the more you save. When you put any kind of down payment towards the purchase of a vehicle, you not only lower the amount you are financing which lowers your monthly payment, but you reduce the amount of interest you pay over the life of the loan. This can save you hundreds of dollars over the life of the loan.