Used Car Prices Are Lower Than Ever, And There Is A Good Reason Why


Did you know that when new car sales go up, prices on used cars go down? It’s true! In 2014, new car sales were up, and there were more affordable used cars for all price ranges. The reason is that most people purchasing new cars were trading in their last cars to put towards a down payment, and as a result, there is a better variety of cars available for smart shoppers.

The good news is that new car sales are continuing to hold strong so far in 2015. According to CNN Money, car sales are the best they have been in almost a decade, and it is showing no signs of slowing down. This means that more used cars will be hitting the market soon, and with low, low gas prices, owning a car is cheaper than it has ever been.

At Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge, we want to help you make your dream of owning a great car a reality, and we will work with you to find the right car to fit your needs. You can get pre-approval, check out our monthly specials, and shop our online inventory by make, model, and year. Click here to visit our website today, or stop by and visit us in person at 21219 Northern Blvd in Bayside, NY. You can also get our latest deals and news by following Bayside on Twitter and Facebook and subscribing to our YouTube channel!

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Tax Liens: How Unpaid Taxes Will Hurt Your Credit Score

ID-10034355The deadline for filing 2013 Federal Tax returns is April 15, only a few days away, and while some people have already made plans for how they will spend their tax refund, others have yet to file their return or are still making payments.

Most advice for improving or maintaining a good credit score tends to focus on credit cards, auto loans, and mortgages, but a tax lien can hurt a credit score significantly. The IRS will report non-payment of taxes to the credit bureaus, and tax liens are listed on credit reports under public records.

Tax liens can drop a credit score by 100 points or more depending upon the amount owed and the number of tax liens listed on the report. Someone who hasn’t paid their taxes in several years will have their payments owed listed separately for each year, and it reflects poorly on the consumer if they apply for a loan, a credit card, or another form of credit.

How can you avoid a tax lien? First, work out an installment plan with the IRS and file for an extension if need be. They will look over your finances and determine how much you can afford to pay. Second, stick to your payment plan. Do not miss a payment. If something changes in your financial situation and you think you will miss a payment, contact the IRS immediately. By missing a payment, you are violating the goodwill extended by the IRS in working out a payment plan, and you will have more worries than a damaged credit score.

Do you have poor credit or no credit? Obtaining an auto loan can be tough, but it is achievable. Contact a sales person at Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge and find a time to come in so we can work with you to find the proper loan. We’ll get you driving away in the new or pre-owned vehicle best suited for your lifestyle. Be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to us on YouTube to see our monthly specials.

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Building Good Credit at Any Age

ID-10086809Getting that golden FICO credit score of 750 to 850 is difficult at any age, but for consumers that start later in life, it can seem impossible or even pointless to try. The truth is that working for a better credit score is beneficial, no matter how old or young you are.

Many consumers mistakenly believe that after a certain age, they really don’t need to worry about their credit. They have paid off their mortgage and car loan, and they either don’t have credit cards or closed their credit card accounts long ago. What reason would they need to take out a loan or need access to credit anyways?

Unfortunately, this kind of thinking usually leads to disastrous inaction. There are many reasons why a consumer could need a loan or available credit, and to get a loan, consumers need a good credit history and by extension, a good credit score. A medical emergency, sickness in the family, temporary job loss, or another unforeseen emergency can happen to anyone. Even if none of these circumstances occur, most people want to travel in their retirement or rent out a condo in a warmer climate. Travel credit cards will require a good or excellent credit score, and renting a condo will usually require a credit check.

There are a few ways that consumers at any age can ensure a solid credit score. First, do not close old credit card accounts. As long as these accounts are open and active, they will report to Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Closing these accounts shortens a credit history and lowers the amount of available credit. This raises the overall credit utilization and lowers the FICO score. Second, pay all loans and lines of credit on time and keep the balances low. Payment history makes up a huge part of a credit score, so consumers who pay on time will benefit while consumers who miss payments will end up with a lower score. Finally, consumers who don’t have many accounts on their credit report can boost their score by opening a new line of credit, like an auto loan, and making their payments on time. This action will also diversify the type of credit on the report.

Obtaining an auto loan without a credit history or troubled credit history is tough, but it is achievable. Contact a sales person at Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge and find a time to come in so we can work with you to find the proper loan. We’ll get you driving away in the new or pre-owned vehicle best suited for your lifestyle. Be sure to like us on Facebook and to follow us on Twitter to see our monthly specials.

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