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Four Key Questions To Get You Started

What Will I Use My Car For?

Understanding the whats and the whys can help you narrow your search.

  • How many people will you usually drive?

    If you’ve got a larger family, an SUV or van may be a great option.

  • Where do you plan to drive most often?

    Consider a compact car if you’ll be doing most of your driving on busy city roads.

  • What kinds of road conditions do you expect?

    Think about whether you’ll need all-wheel drive.

  • How long is your average drive?

    Fuel efficiency may be a priority if you’ve got a long commute.

  • Which features are most important to you?

    Do you want additional safety features such as collision avoidance, automatic emergency braking, or lane assist?

What’s My Budget?

When buying a vehicle, there are a number of expenses to keep in mind as you determine your new car budget, including:

  • Auto Insurance

  • Fuel

  • Parking

  • Maintenance/ Repairs

  • Registration Fees

  • Car loan payment

New or Used?

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing between a new and used car. Ultimately your choice will depend on your budget, needs and personal preferences.

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New or Used table New Used
Price More expensive than used. Manufacturers may have incentive programs. Prices for the same car can fluctuate so make sure to shop around.
Trade-In / Resale Value Your opportunities for trading in and selling will be greater if you purchase a new car. However, new vehicles depreciate faster, particularly over the first one to two years. Used cars have already experienced most of the depreciation, therefore will retain more value. However, older vehicles may not be as attractive to prospective buyers.
Warranty Normally includes a factory warranty including bumper-to-bumper coverage and roadside assistance. Unless it’s a certified pre-owned vehicle, you may wish to purchase an extended warranty.
Features Will include the most up-to-date technology, features and options. Technology will be older and possibly obsolete. May not integrate with smartphones.
Financing Lower financing rates compared to used vehicles. Higher financing rates compared to new vehicles.

Buy or Lease?

Trying to decide whether to buy or lease your car? There are a number of pros and cons to consider when it comes to financing each option. Here are some factors to help you make the decision that’s best for you.

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Buy or Lease table Buy Lease
Ownership You own the vehicle after all loan payments are made. The leasing company owns the vehicle. You pay the depreciation of the vehicle over the lease term.
Financing Secured loans are available for Dealership purchases. You can lease your car through leasing companies and dealerships.
Mileage Kilometers are unlimited. Your lease contract will come with a kilometer limit.
Payment options You can pay off the loan early without penalty. You will be need to pay termination fees if you end the lease early.
Maintenance Repairs for wear-and-tear are the responsibility of the car’s owner. There may be additional fees charged to you at the end of the lease for wear-and-tear on the vehicle.

Why Choose RBC For Your Car Financing

  • Competitive Interest Rates

    Get a competitive rate when financing with RBC. Special financing rates are available through our featured partner manufacturers1Disclaimer.

  • Apply where it’s convenient for you

    Choose financing for your vehicle at one of partner dealerships.

  • Flexible payment options

    Pay monthly, semi-monthly, bi-weekly or weekly. There’s no penalty to pay off your loan early.

  • Financing solutions that match your needs

    Choose a term from 1 to 8 years with financing available for units up to 10 years old.

How do I buy through a dealership?

  • Visit any of our trusted partner dealers

  • Test drive a new or used car

  • Discover dealer incentives and trade-in savings

  • Apply for financing onsite

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