Ways To Save For A Down Payment
Ways To Save For A Down Payment

Ways To Save For A Down Payment

March 23, 2024

Let’s face it, we know cars are expensive. Most people nowadays need a vehicle. If you have a family, you typically need more than one vehicle. For many, saving for a down payment may be an obstacle standing in the way of car ownership.

The costs associated with purchasing and maintaining a vehicle can put a huge dent in your budget. Below we cover helpful hints to saving up for a downpayment in the hopes of making your vehicle purchase more affordable. 


1. Get In the Right Mindset Before You Start Saving For A Downpayment.

Without a gameplan, it can be very hard to start saving money for a downpayment on a vehicle. The first step is to get yourself in the correct mindset. 

Car payments are not necessary, even in today’s economic environment. Almost anyone can finance a vehicle if they want, but most people think they can’t afford to do so. However, with the right mindset and knowledge, anyone can.

2. Drive Your Current Car Until the “Wheels Fall Off”.

Figuratively speaking, of course. Nowadays, most cars are designed to last beyond 200,000 miles. The longer you drive your vehicle the more time you have to save for your next one.

You don’t have to purchase a new vehicle every two to three years to be happy. If your current car functions as you need it to, continue driving it and reduce any extraneous maintenance unrelated to safety to save additional funds.


3. Start Finding Ways to Save Money For a Down Payment on Your Next Vehicle.

There are a variety of ways you could potentially save money. Review your regular monthly expenses and see where you can make cuts in your budget.

For example, reevaluate your mobile phone, internet, and cable/satellite plans. Call these service providers to see if there is a cheaper plan available to you. 

Also, consider cutting back on any entertainment expenses. Maybe rent a movie at home instead of going to the theater. In addition, consider cutting back on the number of times you dine out and cook meals at home instead.


4. Finding Ways to Earn Extra Money Can Help You Save For a Down Payment More Quickly.

Listed below are side-hustle ideas that can help you save for the downpayment on your next vehicle: 

  1. Walk dogs.
  2. Take on professional projects on Fiverr or similar websites.
  3. Participate in online surveys. 
  4. Tutor.
  5. Start a blog that can be monetized.


It may take time to get into your next vehicle. Be patient and keep working hard. It will pay off in the long run.

If things work out well, you could end up with lower car payments, and improved credit history, and the ability to increase your credit score.

Easton Motors, a trusted used car dealer since 1991, has expanded to multiple locations across Wisconsin, including Adams, Baraboo, West Salem, Wausau, Sun Prairie, and Green Bay. Our mission is to help individuals restore their credit while providing reliable transportation.
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