Should you ever pay cash for a brand new car?

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Asked by Nov 25, 2015 at 10:15 PM about the 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

I have friends who insist on paying all cash for even a $35,000 car.   
With financing as low as 2 percent does this make good financial sense?

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Yes Dealers still will say cash is King, I have seen a few Dealers give some very good deals with a cash only transaction, plus it elemanates a fare amount of paperwork.

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Yes, well, its the same as if you finance it through your credit union and have them cut a check to the dealer, they treated me as a cash customer. They were disappointed that I didn't finance it through them, they would have made more money that way.

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It depends. If you believe that interest rates will inevitably recover then long-term cheap money is an especially good deal. Dealers absolutely do not care...unless, as Mark said, they're handling profitably the note. FCUs, S&Ls and AAA have been my suggestions to my clients for 30+ years, as I do NOT condone dealer financing, as you're not apt to be protecting your client from being upside down in what should be a mutually-beneficial good faith contract. Just ask Barney Frank or Robert Reich....

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Cash is better if you can afford it. All the money you pay in interest can stay in your pocket! HTH. -Jim

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