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6 Reasons Refinancing Your Car Make Good Financial Sense

6 Reasons Refinancing Your Car Make Good Financial Sense

When you’ve had a car for a long time, it’s almost expected that you’ll keep making the same payments you always did. Refinancing is a process that is usually associated with houses. However, refinancing your car could save you hundreds each month. It’s possible to refinance with the original loan provider but that doesn’t mean you can’t shop around before making that choice. It’s important to remember that refinancing, for homes or cars, isn’t for everyone. Before you actively seek this option, be sure to determine the value of your loan (how much you have left) and the value of your car. Here are six reasons why refinancing your car is a smart decision for you and your wallet.

1. The length of your loan is longer than five years

If your original loan is set to last longer than five years, chances are that you’ll actually be paying more interest than the principal. Refinancing may be able to reduce the length of your loan so that you pay a value closer to what you signed up for. And if it’s possible or helpful for your finances, you can refinance your loan for an even longer term to get lower payments.

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2. Your credit score has risen

Depending on what your score was when you got the car, your interest terms may not have been the best. As with most credit-related purchases, a higher credit score will get you a better interest rate. This improvement could be the difference between a few hundreds of dollars each month. You can check your credit report before applying for the refinance to see whether it’ll be worth it or not.

3. Car interest rates have fallen

As with the economy, interest rates can get really high or really low. For this, timing will be important on when you choose to refinance. If you’re unsure of what the rates look like, you can research and get the information for your local area as well as cities nationwide. This will help your decision. You can also find out the current trends so you’ll know whether to wait a while longer or act immediately.

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4. You didn’t get the lowest rate possible

Credit scores and ratings are not unchanging or permanent in any way. There are various factors that will determine whether or not your score will gain or lose points. Maybe your credit was shaky or new when you got the car. And if not that, it’s possible the economic conditions weren’t really favorable. Even worse, if you bought a new car and got talked into what sounded like a great deal by a talented salesperson, it’s worth looking into your loan terms. Time, interest rates and credit scores change. So that means you can also change the conditions of your loan to help get the most of your money.

5. You financed with the dealer where you bought the car

The rates being offered by dealers are typically higher so that they get a larger profit from each sale. So probably what they offered was a higher rate than what other lenders would give you for the same price and vehicle. If that’s the case, you can definitely seek other lenders to get a lower rate. Various banks and credit unions may offer lower rates. However, there might be a membership required before you can take advantage of their deals. Check with your own financial institution and see what they’re willing to offer you.

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6. You need to lower your monthly payments

This is one of the most common reasons why it might be time to refinance your loan. Maybe your financial situation has changed for the worse and it’s just hard to keep paying for your car. Whether it’s an employment issue or the stress of additional bills, a refinanced loan may help your monthly costs. Financial institutions are great places to seek advice on how and where to cut costs and you might be driving one. If you need to rearrange your monthly payment plan without pushing your budget to the limits, refinancing your car might be one of your best options. By using this process, you be able to reduce some of your monthly financial pressures.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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