If you are planning to borrow money to purchase a car, begin shopping for the loan as early as possible. It is recommended that you check with your bank, credit union, and car dealership to find the best terms, rates, and payment plans. Carefully compare all loans in terms of rates and finance charges. Most loans may first require you to pay up to ten percent of the total loan value. However, you may be able to negotiate a much smaller down-payment. Keep in mind, the longer the repayment period, the more interest you will pay on the loan. If you can afford it, it is a good idea to pay as much as possible up front to keep the payment period as short as possible. These two steps will help lower your interest fees and associated charges. For more information about loans, contact your bank or financial advisor.