Monday, August 11, 2014

Six Years of Car Payments Sounds Like A Student Loan

I just saw a TV commercial where they were offering 0% financing on a new car for 72 months; that's right - six years. The rule of thumb is to never finance a car for more than three years or 36 months and keep the car for at least six years. If you do that and then continue the amount of the car payment into your savings account for three or four more years, you will be able to pay cash for your next car.

We all know that money is not free, so if there is cash back offer or 0%, pay cash and take the discount.

I don't know about you, but ten years to pay off my student loans seemed to take forever. I personally couldn't stand for paying for a car over a six year period.

The problem with debt is that you are pledging future earning to the banker. In simple terms, you are enslaved to your lender. Vehicles depreciate over time –a vehicle is not an investment. At least with your student loans, it's an investment that pays off.

When you are debt free, all the money you make is for you (and the government in taxes). Being free of debt liberates you to pursue your passions and work for less doing something you love.   When you can turn your passions into profit, you never have to "work" a day in your life.

Be careful of low monthly payments. Dave Ramsey says "poor people ask how much down and how much a month. Rich people just ask how much."  Here it to you becoming rich and debt free.


  1. This article is not entirely correct; you need to consider potential returns on cash not spent up front (time value of money). For instance, assume you buy a 20K car with no money down, 72m payments at 0%. If you can earn annual returns of 5% in the stock market on the money you didn't pay up front, you have earned about $2,900 in interest by month 72. It's better to get $3K cashback up front, but you should do the math before making the decision.

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