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mastermariner

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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 3:50:12 PM

With this year's low interest rates, retirees who are on the hunt for a new car or truck have many payment options. They could finance at current interest rates, which average less than 4.5 percent for a 60-month loan, according to Bankrate's latest national survey. Or, they could use money from their own cash reserves.

Baby boomers should carefully think about each possible scenario before making a large car purchase. A mistake could put their retirement plans in jeopardy, says Damian Rothermel, a Certified Financial Planner professional in Portland, Ore. "Buying a car and figuring out how to pay for the car should take into consideration a number of factors," he says.

Here are some major points retirees need to consider when deciding whether to finance or pay cash for a car or truck.


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oldmack
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 3:15:28 AM

ok
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danindenver
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:06:11 PM

This is a no-brainer.

Always pay cash.
Period.


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BBopp
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 5:06:00 PM

If there is zero % financing, then finance.
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Norm10
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 2:53:12 PM

If you have the money pay cash - unless they will give you 0% financing after you have negotiated your lowest price.
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mygaz
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:58:03 AM

Always buy a new vehicle that is last years model. Buy it when the new vehicles come out.
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SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:37:21 AM

I still like the cash deal
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Evilmaddog
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:01:18 AM

car and fuel prices rising thanks to EPA
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FPLREP
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 7:45:32 AM

"Living on credit is always a bad move." So you are against raising the debt ceiling?
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Nancy&Len
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 6:15:37 AM

Have Obama buy it.
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leeac
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 4:25:44 AM

If I can't buy a car out right or at least put in 60 to 70% up front then I don't need a new car. Living on credit is always a bad move.



[Edited by: leeac at 10/13/2013 4:27:45 AM EST]
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JagXKR
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 3:56:09 AM

When I retire I will buy an OLD car and restore it. Only then will I have the time.
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cnygas
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:49:39 AM

roadrunnerMO, Did you pay cash for your house?
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roadrunnerMO
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:25:16 AM

If you do not have the cash, do not buy it...
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KAR120CSII
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:08:45 AM

They also should have their driver's licenses reevaluated -- too many in their new cars are driving into store windows --

Say it ain't so --
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doeslayersr
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:06:51 AM

Do not spend money you do not have.
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Gabydominguez85
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:51:32 AM

Good luck retirees!! I have a long way to go yet!
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Zing20
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:38:54 AM

It depends on price and finances.
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naspa
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:32:46 AM

OK
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mpg611
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:21:32 AM

It depends on the financial situation of the retiree, though IMO paying cash is the better option.
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kkimes
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:21:17 AM

Paying cash is usually a good idea but remember we are talking senior citizens here. Most probably won't have that kind of cash laying around to buy new. If they finance for 5 years at a good rate, they might be ahead. Especially if they are invested heavily in stocks which will probably go up at a higher rate than the loan interest. Plus, if they have to cash out some of their IRA or 401k holdings to get that kind of money, they will have to pay a penalty.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:21:07 AM

Whatever suits their budget
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jrschl
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:11:40 AM

Never finance a vehicle.
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txkrb
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:34:37 PM

If the interest rate you pay is less than you are earning on investments then you may as well finance
You should still pay an adequate down payment 25% or more
I bought a car last December and financed at 2%
@tekkersmom - normally when you take the 0% option you are giving up a rebate of up to $2,500, not necessarily a good idea

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CivicMA
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:21:58 PM

I always pay cash and only buy after burying the previous car.
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amerk73
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:59:26 PM

pay cash
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Tekkersmom57
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:44:09 PM

I always try to get the zero percent financing, that is the best deal!
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Claruth
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:14:17 PM

Cash would be the best options if you can afford it, but if you do financing shop around for the lowest interest rate.
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Previvor
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:09:19 PM

Cash
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MichaelJFS
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:06:42 PM

Did a banker write this?

5% is a "good" rate ?
If you borrow at 5%, so you can keep your $aving$ earning 1%, then it is really costing you 5 + 1 = 6%.

No deal.

:o(
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roadrunnin
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:57:04 PM

never gave it much thought. . . low interest seems to be an incentive for financing
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:52:00 PM

Depends on the circumstance. I prefer to go the way of ZERO % intrest.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:50:22 PM

Everyone should pay cash.
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montpelier28
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:23:20 PM

cash
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Ken2OD
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:11:59 PM

I would have to check with my financial advisor.
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BigRedVTX
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:09:01 PM

Finance it, that way if you kick it before it's paid, they can't come after you :)
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agrico
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:05:54 PM

I never borrow money if I have it in the bank earning practically zero interest
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Mr_Bill_W
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:38:31 PM

It really would depend on the individual and their financial situation...
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beachd8
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:22:15 PM

It depends on the person's circumstances at the time.
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00MrSlate00
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:03:43 PM

Cash is KING!
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windup
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:03:24 PM

4.5% is pretty high compared to what you can earn on savings (say around 0.20%).
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:02:56 PM

Use Credit card with rewards.
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schatzila
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 6:56:48 PM

do what you want.
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djwhit
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 6:51:40 PM

DRIVE THE CAR I HAVE.............
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 6:29:24 PM

It depends on the deal.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 6:09:59 PM

Thanks for the information.
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rosa403
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:59:07 PM

paying cash is better
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:52:58 PM

Thanks for posting a good article for baby boomers.
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wrunner
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:33:25 PM

Cash is the way to go.

Used car or truck is the way to go driving.

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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:31:45 PM

Good article.
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race2IT
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:26:48 PM

Pay cash and buy used, no interest and no car payments.

[Edited by: race2IT at 10/12/2013 5:28:34 PM EST]
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