1. USE YOUR TAX REFUND/STIMULUS CHECK FOR A DOWN PAYMENT ON A NEW CAR, TRUCK, OR SUV
This is one of the most popular ways to spend your tax refund. If you're like many Americans with shaky or bad credit, tax season is a great time to lay down a substantial down payment. This will also open up car financing options that would otherwise not be available. A substantial down payment can also help you get a loan with lower monthly payments, which makes buying a car, truck, or SUV even more financially feasible.
2. GET REPAIRS OR UPGRADES ON YOUR CURRENT CAR/TRUCK
Whether it's a new set of tires to improve fuel economy or a much-needed tune-up, a well-maintained car can last well past 100,000 miles. Routine maintenance and the occasional upgrade might not be as thrilling as driving off the lot in a new car, but it's a great way to stretch a dollar...and the life of your car.
And if you've got a car that you'd like to customize, why not consider some of the following Buick or GMC accessories?
Custom floor mats
A trailer hitch
3. SAVE MONEY: BUY A USED CAR, TRUCK, OR SUV
Used cars are a great option when you're looking to find a deal on a reliable car but don't want to spend too much money. Used cars used to have a bad reputation, but nowadays that's no longer the case, especially at a respectable dealership like Pegasus Chevrolet. Don't let the miles on the odometer fool you. Those miles prove that with proper care and maintenance a used car can also be a reliable car. High-mileage cars probably have mostly highway miles, and those miles put less wear and tear on a car. It's unlikely that a used car will still be under warranty, so it's important to make sure you buy your used car or truck from a trusted dealer, like Pegasus Chevrolet. That way you can rest assured that you're getting a car with a great price/quality ratio, and one that will last for years to come.
4. LEASE A CAR or TRUCK IN ENNIS
The general rule of thumb on car leases is that if you put down a larger down payment, your monthly payments will be a lot lower. With a larger down payment, your lease payments are more manageable, so if you do decide to extend your lease, you can negotiate to keep the same low payments.
5. PAY DOWN YOUR EXISTING CAR/TRUCK LOAN
Putting a nice, big payment on an existing car loan can help you get one step closer to becoming debt-free. You can either make an extra payment, which will help you pay off the loan quicker, or pay down the balance, which will reduce your interest over time. It's also a good idea to call your lender to see what they think is the best thing to do in your particular circumstances.
6. REFINANCE YOUR CAR, TRUCK, OR SUV LOAN
Did you know you can restructure an existing car loan? If your car loan has a high-interest rate or you've improved your credit score since getting the loan, you could use your tax refund as leverage to structure a better loan with lower monthly payments. You can even use a portion of your tax refund to reduce the principal and get a better interest rate on the balance. We hope you've found this tax refund guide helpful. Feel free to call our Finance Department at 469-988-5637 with any questions. Pegasus Chevrolet has been serving Kaufman, Waxahachie, Corsicana and neighboring Texas communities for years, so people know we're the most trusted Chevrolet dealer around. We want to see you get the most for your tax refund, so stop by our dealership to browse our new and used cars this tax season.