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4 Unexpected Costs of "Zero Percent Financing" for Auto Loans
Did a car dealer offer you zero percent financing? It might seem like an amazing promise. And it might also be too good to be true. Here are four things you should know about the hidden costs of zero percent financing.
1. You may not qualify
Dealers tend to tightly restrict this type of financing, and they know not everyone will be eligible. You’ll likely need a perfect or near perfect credit history to qualify, and you may need to meet other financial requirements as well.
2. The loan will probably be short-term
Most dealers will only offer zero percent financing for up to three years. This means you’ll be paying much larger payments each month than you would with a five or seven year loan.
3. The loan might not be complete
Sometimes, zero percent financing only applies to the first part of the loan, often only the first six months. After that you’ll be faced with higher interest rates, so make sure you read the fine print.
4. You’ll likely be restricted from other discounts
Often, signing up for zero percent financing from the dealer means you won’t be eligible for other savings, including manufacturer rebates and special discount programs.
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I am not a skilled negotiator. Do you have anything that will make my experience at the dealership less painful?
At United Texas, we are committed to being your best choice in financing your next new or used vehicle. That’s why we offer our Auto Check* service for a smoother dealership purchase.
To take advantage of it, simply apply for your loan before you go shopping. You’ll be pre-approved up to a certain limit. Then, we’ll give you a blank check that’s good for any amount up to that limit. Sign the Auto Check and drive away—no more paperwork from us! There are no hidden fees for this service, and you’ll receive the same great low rates.
With an Auto Check, there is no need to discuss financing through the dealership. Your Auto Check gives you the bargaining advantages of a cash buyer, so you can keep the conversation centered on the true invoice price. Make sure to also take advantage of any dealer and manufacturer rebates available.
*The Auto Check program is subject to certain credit criteria. Available at participating dealerships within the greater San Antonio, TX area. May be used for the purchase of new or used automobiles, trucks or SUVs. May not be used for sales between private parties or to purchase reconditioned, salvaged, or auctioned vehicles. Other restrictions may apply. Contact us for additional terms and conditions.
When is my first payment due?
You may take up to 60 days to make your first payment
What are my options for making my auto loan payments?
We offer several convenient options for making your payment:
- Online Banking
- Online Bill Payment
- United Texas Mobile
- Bank to Bank Transfer
- In person at any United Texas Branch or Shared Branch location
- Via our 24/7 Telephone Banking (from a United Texas account)
- By phone at 1-800-531-8456 (free from a United Texas account, or $5 if the payment is made from a credit card or non-United Texas account)
- At any United Texas night depository or ATM
- By mail to United Texas Credit Union, 5500 UTSA Boulevard, San Antonio, TX 78249
Should I put any money down?
This is not always required. However, if you’re payment conscious this is a good way to lower your monthly payment.
Should I buy auto protection products?
An auto purchase is a major expense and protection products help to protect that investment, providing value to your purchase.
When do I have to add my new car to my auto insurance policy?
You should add your auto to your insurance policy prior to driving it off the lot.
Are there any penalties if I pay it off early?
There are no pre-payment penalties.
Do you offer any discounts?
We offer rate discounts with the purchase of protection products and/or automatic transfers. The most you may discount your rate is 0.70%.
Can I finance the tax, title, and other small fees the dealer charges in my loan?
We offer up to 125% financing, in most cases. Therefore, you may include dealer tax, title, and license in your purchase.
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Auto Loans Rates & Calculator
Up to 125% NADA
Clean Trade-In; 2002 - 2017
|as low as 1.95% APR*||up to 60 months|
Up to 125% NADA
Clean Trade-In; 2008 - 2017
|as low as 1.95% APR*||66 months|
Up to 125% NADA
Clean Trade-In 2010 - 2017
|as low as 1.95% APR*||72 months|
Up to 125% NADA
Clean Trade-In 2013 - 2017
|as low as 4.29% APR*||84 months|
* APR = Annual Percentage Rate. Rates are effective August 1, 2017. The specific rate and term will be dependent upon your credit rating, collateral value, amount financed and other factors. Rates and terms are subject to change without prior notice; other restrictions may apply. In-house refinances are not eligible. Auto rates are eligible for protection product discounts. Discounts vary by protection product. Lowest discounted rate with the purchase of protection products is 1.95% APR (up to 72 months). Rate applies to 2002 - 2017 model year vehicles. Payment per $1,000 is approximately $17.51 per month for 60 months at 1.95% APR. Auto rates are eligible for protection product discounts. Discounts vary by protection product. Lowest discounted rate with the purchase of protection products is 1.95% APR (up to 72 months).
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Auto Loans Why United Texas
- Concierge service—we'll come to you!
- Up to 125% financing available
- No payments for the first 60 days
- $150 cash reward for refinancing
- Auto check for smoother dealership purchases
The auto loan preapproval experience was awesome. I would absolutely recommend United Texas!!Kevin C., member since 2011
Ricardo was excellent to work with and was of great assistance.
Hi Ryan - thanks so much for your five-star review of the service you received from Ricardo. We appreciate your choice to be a United Texas member. We're here for you when you need us! Thank you again!
I have requested and received several loans from UTCU and in all cases i got the best rate, the transactions were a breeze, and the loan officers respectful, professional and knowledgeable. I will do this again!
Andres - thank you for your kind words about the service you've received from United Texas CU. There are many financial services providers in the market and we sincerely appreciate your choice to do business with us. When you need us again, we'll be here for you and your family. Have a fabulous day! - Karla
I have been a member for 49 years and they have always provided superb service. They financed my very first vehicle, a new 1970 Ford Maverick back in 1969 and they are still taking care of my financial needs including the mortgage on my present house. Thank you for always being there!
Rosa - thanks so much for your feedback. We sincerely appreciate your choice to be a United Texas member and we'll continue to be here for you and your family! Have a great day! - Karla
Cassandra was very easy to work with and did everything she could to make my loan fit into my budget. She was very helpful and answered all of my questions and concerns.
Jeri - Thank you for the positive feedback about your experience with Cassandra at our Boerne Branch. If you need anything else, please reach out to us. We're here for you and sincerely appreciate your choice to do business with United Texas. Have a great day! -Karla
Cassandra was amazing from start to finish in getting my loan done, plus nobody could beat the United Texas rate!! I appreciate that she got me all set up to draft my payment each month too so it is just a very seamless, easy process for me!
Susan - Thanks so much for your kind words about the service you received from Cassandra at our Boerne Branch. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and should you need anything, please let us know. We're here for you!
I worked with Kris Boiles then Cassandra at the closing of the loan. Kris was able to get a lower rate and went above and beyond what was anticipated or expected. I went to the local office to sign the papers which was very convenient for me. It was a good experience all in all.
Hi Ginger Snap - thanks for letting us know about your recent experience with Kris and Cassandra at our Boerne Branch. We sincerely appreciate your choice to do business with United Texas CU. Happy holidays to you and your family and thanks for being a member! - Karla
United Texas Credit Union has been such a help to our family. They have assisted us with car loans and business loans. We would recommend them as your financial partner.
Thanks so much for the positive feedback. We sincerely appreciate your membership!
The staff at United Texas Credit Union were all great, especially Jorge Rocha. He patiently worked with us to ensure we had the right value for the used vehicles we were considering and most importantly, made sure we had immediate financing once we made the purchase. He also coordinated with the branch manager Ricardo, to make sure the final transaction went smoothly. Thank you for making the purchase of this car such a pleasant experience.
Ken - Thanks so much for letting us know about your recent experience at United Texas CU. We're proud that we were able to help you make this transaction a smooth one. Please let us know if you have any questions or need more information. We're here for you! Thank you for your choice to be a United Texas member. Enjoy your vehicle!
I was in the market for a car loan. I decided to check with United Texas and Jorge Rocha was assigned to my loan application. He was quick to engage and provided great customer service. Everything was smooth and seamless. I would definitely recommend United Texas and Jorge for great personal assistance.
Carlos - Thanks for letting us know about your recent experience with Jorge at our Headquarters location. We're happy we were able to help you make this transaction a smooth one. Please let us know if you have any questions or need more information. We sincerely appreciate your choice to be a United Texas member. - Karla
Great experience. I had to make a payment on my van and they were able to look it up quickly and apply the payment.
Thank you Alex for your feedback. We appreciate you! - Karla
GREAT BANK. OFFER GREAT RATES FOR FINANCING.
Roy, thank you for the positive feedback on your membership experience with United Texas. We appreciate you!
Ricardo Guzman was very professional and explained everything to me. Will definitely recommend family and friends to him. Thank you so much for helping us with our car loan.
Thank you, Sandra for your feedback on the service you received from Ricardo. We appreciate you and we're here for you when you need us. Thanks again for your choice to do business with United Texas CU! -Karla
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Auto Loans How it Works
How to get an Auto Loan
Getting an auto loan with us is fast and painless. Here are the simple steps:
Contact us in person, online, or by phone and complete a quick loan application.
Get us the information about the auto you have chosen. You can also use our Auto Check program if you’re unsure which type of vehicle you want.
Open an account if you are NOT already a member of United Texas.
Sign your loan documents with us, in person or electronically.
Pick up your newly purchased car.