How Does Financing a Car Work?

Car-buying paperwork

At Whitten Brothers Mazda, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of Mazda vehicles in all shapes and sizes, designed to match just about every budget and lifestyle! Once you’ve settled on your next ride, you have three options for bringing it home: you can purchase it outright, lease it, or apply for financing. What does it mean to finance a car? In short, it means taking out a loan and paying it off in installments. Once you’ve fully paid it off, the car belongs to you! The finance team at Whitten Brothers Mazda has more information on how to finance a Mazda in Richmond in the guide below.



How Car Financing Works

So, what does it mean to finance a car? It’s relatively straightforward as long as you follow the proper steps. Once you’ve found a vehicle you like in our inventory, the next step is to apply for a loan. You can do this through our dealership or through a Ashland-area bank or credit union. You can apply for financing right from our website or you can come to our dealership to fill out an application in person. The lender will look at the following factors:

  • Credit Score
  • Loan Amount
  • Length of Loan
  • Debt-to-Income Ratio
  • Age of the Vehicle

Choose Your Lender

Once you get approved for a loan, you have a few options going forward. You can compare your offers if you apply for financing through the dealership as well as a bank, and see which offer best fits your budget and needs. You should carefully consider how much money you can put down and how much you can afford to pay in monthly installments before making any commitments. 

Finalize the Loan Terms

The next step is to finalize your loan. You can also negotiate on price if you feel like you can get a better deal than what was initially offered. Once you and the salesperson have settled on a rate that works for both of you, you’ll sign the necessary payment and bring your new Fredericksburg-area Mazda home!

Finance a MAZDA in Richmond with Whitten Brothers Mazda!

If you have any questions about how car financing works, don’t hesitate to contact our office! You can also stop by our dealership near Chester to talk to a member of our team in person, and we’ll be happy to help you out. Be sure to check out our car buying tips for more advice on finding your perfect next ride. 


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