Destination: Savings—And You're in the Driver's Seat

Unfortunately, the value of your vehicle takes a plunge the second you drive it off the dealership's lot. However, there are a few ways you can lessen this financial blow. By shopping with the aid of AAA's Car Buying Services, refinancing your auto loan, extending your warranty or adding GAP coverage to your policy, you can significantly decrease your auto expenditures and increase your savings.

1. AAA Car Buying Services
The process of buying a car has as many components to it as a full-suspension mountain bike. Luckily, AAA has taken the hassle out of this procedure and provides extensive research on hundreds of vehicles (new & used) and dealerships. With this tool, you can narrow down your search to the car of your dreams, locate it at a local dealership, and print out a "Certified Dealer Report," which includes your target price and the dealer's for free.

2. AAA Insurance
Is your auto insurance policy up-to-date with you (and your car's) current coverage needs? Your auto insurance needs tend to vary and evolve over time, so it's important to keep everything in check. With a policy from AAA, you can evaluate these needs and customize a policy specifically designed for you. Receive up to six quotes in minutes when you quote online. With an average savings of $519*, the 97 percent customer satisfaction rating is just icing on the cake.

3. AAA Auto Loans & Refinancing
Before you write that big check at the dealership, check into the new AAA Auto Loan program. With rates starting at 2.14 percent, members save an average of $1,882 on their car loans. The application process is super easy, and the turn-around time is quick. Apply for your loan online and you'll receive a response from a AAA Financial Services rep in a flash.

The previously mentioned rates and potential savings also apply to refinancing your current auto loan. Deciding whether or not you should refinance can be tricky. In a nutshell, you can save on interest in two ways:

  • Increase your current monthly payment.
  • Refinance the remaining balance at a new interest rate.
If you think you fall into one of these categories, apply for your new auto loan online today.

4. GAP Coverage
Even if your car is totaled or stolen, you will still be required to continue making payments on the loan or lease. Sometimes, the insurance company settlement may not be sufficient to supplement this cost which results in a "gap." That's when AAA GAP Coverage comes into play. This policy offers you the difference between your outstanding loan or lease balance, protects your credit rating, and prevents a deficiency balance from being added to a new loan for your next ride.

5. AAA Auto Extended Warranties
If you and your car are in it for the long haul, consider extending your auto warranty. With repair costs on the rise, coupled with the unpredictable scenarios you encounter on the road, a little extra coverage can go a long way. Plus, when you do decide to go your separate ways, you can transfer the warranty extension to a private party, increasing your car's resale value. Which extended warranty package is right for you, your car and your budget?

Learn more on these auto saving strategies online or stop by your local office to speak with a AAA agent.

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