Do I have to pay cash when buying a car?

Paying cash for a car is great, but if that's not possible, follow The Money Guy's 20/3/8 rule for car purchase.

The value of a car depreciates rapidly as soon as it's driven off the lot. With that in mind, paying cash for a car is great choice, but we realize not everyone has that option.

If you need to purchase a reliable vehicle to get you to work and take care of your family, we have a Money Guy rule of thumb that allows you to take on a car loan in a wise and financially responsible way.

It's called the 20/3/8 rule:

  • 20% down
  • Finance no longer than 3 years
  • Total car payment is no more than 8% of gross income

Also, make sure your car payment doesn't exceed your monthly investments. We want to make sure your army of dollar bills is still working for you!

The only exception to this rule applies to buying luxury vehicles. For these types of cars, pay cash or pay it off in one year.

For a more in-depth look at car purchases, check out the following episodes of The Money Guy Show.

How to Get a Great Deal on a Car Purchase! (Full Episode - 58:15)


Important Car Buying Ground Rules That Everyone Needs to Follow (Highlight - 14:34)