Hidden Fees to Watch Out For When Buying A Car

| Tedis Baboumian |

Hidden Fees to Watch Out for When Buying a Car

Buying a car can be a tiring process between finding just the right vehicle, planning your budget, and getting financing. When you’ve finally taken all of these steps, you probably just want to sign the paperwork and go home. However, there’s one more thing to think about, and that’s the hidden fees to watch out for when buying a car.

Fees You Can Expect to Pay

It’s an unfortunate fact that besides the cost of the car, there are some additional fees you’ll have to pay that aren’t negotiable. Examples include:

  • State sales tax
  • Title and registration fee
  • Documentation fee, which covers the cost of the dealership handling the paperwork

You may also have to pay a destination fee, which represents the cost of transporting the vehicle from the manufacturer. Dealers used to inflate this price and include it in the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, but the amount they can charge is now federally regulated. Your state may also require a vehicle to pass a safety inspection, and this may also be included in your fees.

Fees You Shouldn’t Have to Pay

The dealer may try to pass on added fees to you that shouldn’t be paid by you. These include:

  • Vehicle ID number etching – The dealer may charge you to etch the vehicle ID onto the windows as a way of deterring thieves. What they don’t tell you is that this is a service you can pay for yourself after you leave, probably at a lower cost.
  • Extended warranty – This may come with a high price tag, and it may not cover everything that could go wrong.
  • Appearance packages – The dealer may try to charge you a large amount of money for things like tinted windows and paint protection. If you want these extras, you’re likely to save hundreds of dollars by having it done somewhere else.

The dealer may also try to sell you different types of insurance, such as GAP insurance or credit insurance. GAP insurance covers the difference between your loan balance and the value of your vehicle if it’s totaled or stolen. Credit insurance covers your loan payment if you become disabled, unemployed, or die. Even if you want this protection, you may be able to purchase it through your own car insurance company for less.

Being Proactive About Your Finances

It’s important to be proactive about your finances so that you don’t end up paying more than you have to or get charged for things you never wanted. Being proactive about your finances also means being careful to always pay your bills on time.  Setting up your car loan payments on auto-draft can protect you from forgetting to make a payment.

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