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1557 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA, 92029

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Dealership Info

Phone Numbers:Sales Hours:
  • Mon - Fri9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Sat9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sun10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    (Call 760-745-3000, Option 2 to set an appointment)
Service Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    (Call 760-745-3000, Option 1 to set an appointment)
  • Sat - SunClosed
Parts Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - SunClosed
Collision Center Hours:
  • Mon - Fri8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - SunClosed

How Does Car Financing Work?

Car financing is a fairly simple process when you have everything in order before applying for a lease or loan. But what is financing a car anyway and what does it mean to finance a car? We at MINI of Escondido have a guide to help answer your financing questions. Take a look and get in touch with our finance department to ensure you’re getting a stress-free and well-informed car-buying experience.

How Does Financing a Car Work?

The first step to learn how car finance works with a new or used vehicle is to apply for the loan through the dealership, a bank, or a credit union. It’s important to note, especially if you have bad or no credit, that the first offer you receive isn’t your only option. Browse, compare, and be prepared to negotiate. Once you’re ready to apply, whether applying online or in person, know that the lender will take the following into consideration:

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

If you know you have a low credit score or not a strong enough credit history, consider asking a family member or close friend to cosign your loan. There are also a few steps you can take to improve your credit score such as using a credit card to make small purchases and paying it off immediately.

Choose Your Lender

You have the option, once approved for a loan, to go with in-house financing through the dealership, an offer through a bank, or a credit union. Compare the offers and see which makes the most sense for your needs and budget. You’ll also want to make sure you keep in mind how much money you can put down, and how much your monthly payments will be to ensure you will be able to pay back the loan.

Finalize the Loan Terms

Before finalizing your loan terms and buying the vehicle, be ready to negotiate on the price. You can talk with the salesperson until you settle on a loan with an interest rate that works for you and your financial situation. Once you have, you can finalize the loan terms and close the deal. This means signing the remaining paperwork and getting behind the wheel of your new MINI model to drive it home to San Diego.

Visit MINI of Escondido for More About Car Financing!

Learn more about the automotive finance process, ask us about ways to improve your credit score, and more when visiting MINI of Escondido near San Marcos. Our finance team is standing by to get you the model you want for an affordable price. Also, be sure to check out our new vehicle specials and learn about auto insurance personal injury protectionwhat does gap insurance cover and what is a good interest rate on a car loan. Don’t hesitate to contact MINI of Escondido with any questions!

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