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Getting 0% Financing on Our Ridiculous New Ford Mustang Purchase

There are two things my husband loves as far as hobbies go: Apple and Ford Mustangs. The latter is something people are very surprised to learn about him. He comes across as a reserved and very shy guy. Have you seen the movie “Zootopia”? He is like the character of Dash (the sloth) who gets busted for speeding at the end of the movie. I did not see that one coming!

Anyway, my husband had his current Ford Mustang for 9 years. It was bought used and the deal was, he would keep it for 10 years and then get another brand new Mustang. He insisted that it had to be brand new. I don’t get it because obviously, buying “used” is usually the way to go. But it’s not about logic, y’all! No one buys Ford Mustangs because it’s logical and practical. Am I right, male readers?

The plan was to get it next October, but  a couple of things happened. The color he likes was discontinued for 2017 and apparently, they are planning on making some changes to the body style in 2018. My husband  has a very specific taste and 2016 model year had everything he wanted. So, if we waited till 2017, we would have to buy used. Oh, the horror! I’m being sarcastic, of course.

Additionally, my in-laws just bought a new minivan and we ended up getting their old one. We really needed something bigger than our Mazda5, so it worked out very well. This is something that  prevented me from considering a new Ford Mustang since we had to take care of our minivan situation first. So what if it has 115,000 miles on it? I’m keeping it till the wheels fall off.

I wish my husband shared the same sentiment about his old Mustang, but alas, he didn’t. Many times I found him staring longingly at 2016 models and pretty much drooling on his Apple iPad. I felt bad, so I did something foolish. I told him maybe we could buy his new car this year instead. You should have seen his face! He instantly pulled up the car he wanted on the computer and asked me to start negotiating process. Apparently, there was only one “perfect” Mustang in the state of Florida.

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I did an online chat with a salesman  trying to get him to budge on the price. No go. He said Ford already dropped the price some and offered 0% financing on top of it. I’m not going to give numbers except to say that the car was totally overpriced. It’s a dark green V8, GT, “California Special” Ford Mustang.

The interior has super fancy leather and there is even an A/C for your butt. No, I’m not kidding. So, if your posterior gets extra hot while driving, this car is for you. Alternatively, you can just put some water on your behind before getting in the car. Cheaper and just as good!

Of course, my husband  wanted to buy it regardless of the price, so we went to look at the car that very day. I hate car dealerships but have to admit, this experience was rather pleasant aside from ridiculous cost. Our salesman was very nice, no-pressure kind of guy. I knew what our trade-in was worth, and they were happy to offer us that amount.

Always do your research ahead of time. I looked up Kelley Blue Book trade-in value  for free before leaving the house and took the printout with me. Even though it won’t always be 100% accurate, it will give you a rough estimate and show salesman that  you did your homework. Of course, it’s best to let them make an offer and go from there.

Everything seemed to fall into place, but there was a small matter of financing. You see, we sure as heck don’t have the cash to pay for a brand new V8 Mustang that has an A/C for your butt. Fortunately, Ford wants to get rid of 2016 models ASAP, so we could potentially get 0% financing.

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My husband and I constantly switch credit cards but happen to have very good credit scores (around  770). It appears that all the recent inquiries didn’t matter in the least. My husband has applied in his name and got 0% interest for 72 months. Yes, we will be making payments on this baby  for 6 years. My condition to hubby was that he keeps it for at least 10 years, possibly longer. He cheerfully agreed.

I did ask the salesman if we could use a credit card to put some money down. He said yes, as long as it’s $5,000 or less. I went ahead and split it between two credit cards in order to meet minimum spending requirements. Plus, I also earned 2 points per dollar, worth 2 cents toward  travel (total of $100).

I will say upfront that this  is NOT a good idea for most people. Since we got 0% financing, we have to factor in the lost interest we would have earned on that $5,000. If you have access to an account that pays 3% or more, you will be better off skipping credit card option. In my case, I already maximize 5% earnings on two Insight cards as well as  Netspend (see highest paying savings accounts’ comparison on this DoC page).

The  high-interest savings account options have been drying up as of late, so I bet my money on the “bird in a hand.” That way, I could sign up for  another credit card bonus (more on that tomorrow). I will have to pull that money out of savings, but we still have enough put away that I feel this was a somewhat reasonable decision, given the circumstances. I was planning on allocating money for a new Mustang each month, and will now divert it to our savings account instead.

My husband is happy, so I’m happy (I think)

I’m an extremely logical/cheap person, so obviously, this sort of extravagance isn’t my cup of tea. But here is the thing, travel (for the most part) isn’t my husband’s cup of tea but he still does it to make me happy. Flying to Europe in coach every two years isn’t something he enjoys, but he comes along anyway. My parents drive him crazy, yet he agrees to have them over once or twice per year.

He also works very hard and drives a lot during the day. Why not make it a little more enjoyable for him? Also, something I’m very happy about is that this car has side air bags (his last one didn’t). We can afford monthly payment (for now), but our travel will probably need to be scaled  back for the foreseeable future.

Of course, we will still be going places, but I’ll be watching my cash like a hawk. No mattress runs for IHG points, we are burning what we have or signing up for a credit card bonus. It goes without saying that my income from the blog wasn’t taken into account. It could literally go away tomorrow, so it would be extremely foolish for me to rely on it for the next 6 years.

My husband has been at his current job for close to ten years, and we don’t have any reason to believe that it will change in a near future. Of course, you never know with these things, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

He is downright giddy right now and can’t get enough of his new toy. We took kids to a nearby city which required one-hour drive in a Mustang, and he told me to put pull-ups on my son, just in case. Yet he gave me so much grief when I did the same thing before a long airplane ride. What?

I asked my husband to pose for a photo  in his new toy and he cheerfully agreed. He has been so nice to me for the last few days: “Credit cards? I love constantly switching credit cards!” Originally, I wanted him to wear nothing but  gold chain and a speedo (both clearly visible on  photo), but he drew the line there.

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This is what mid-life crisis looks like. But it sure beats getting a mistress, right? Right? 🙂 Seeing his stupid grin makes this foolishness almost worth it. Almost…

 

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Author: Leana

Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.

10 thoughts on “Getting 0% Financing on Our Ridiculous New Ford Mustang Purchase

  1. Wow! 0%! Thats awesome!!! Husbands deserve a treat like that for putting up with us hahahha! We got 1.75% on our Civic and I still am amazed by that. Meanwhile most of our friends with similar cars have 3 or 4 times the payments we do. Gotta thank our parents for helping us build our credit early on and showing us the importance of saving up for a down payment.

    • Emily, thanks! I made my peace with it. 😉 He does work very hard, no question about it. Hopefully, getting a call in the middle of the night and driving an hour to fix IT disaster will be a little more pleasant in a new car.
      I sure wish he liked Civic! I would be happy to pay 5% interest or more on it due to reasonable price. But what can you do? My husband is a Ford Mustang guy.

  2. Nice ride! As a fan of sport/sporty cars, I can understand his logic. I know a lot of the financial gurus out there say that buying a new car (vs. a 3+ year old used car) is a poor financial decision, due to the usually crazy rate of depreciation. However, when you are buying a sports car that you intend to keep for a long time, you have to factor in how the previous owner took care of it. Did they follow the break-in schedule and baby the car for the first 1500-2000 miles? Or did they floor it full throttle as soon as they left the car dealer? Did they diligently keep up with the maintenance, including regular cleaning of the interior/exterior or just let things go? With the mechanical things in particular, failure to do those things can lead to expensive repairs in the future and/or depreciation of your enjoyment. Unless you really know the previous owner and their driving/car care style, it’s hard to determine what you’re getting in a used car, even with so-called “certified pre-owned” vehicles (which at least have some reassurance with an extended factory warranty). It’s really disappointing to finally get your “baby” and then find out a couple of years later that something breaks simply because the previous owner was an idiot. If you buy it new, then you know exactly how it has been maintained.

    For things like minivans, family sedans, and compact cars these factors are maybe less important. They are primarily built for utility and not performance. If a minivan loses 10-20 HP during it’s middle life, your average person is probably not going to notice (although they might notice a head gasket repair at 100K miles, but perhaps they’ll want to replace it anyway by that point).

    I don’t know the exclusivity of the “California Special” edition, but if it is a fairly limited production run and if your husband takes good care of it, the car may hold its value well if he ever decides to sell. (Hint – get a spiral notebook to keep good records that you can show to the next owner, even jotting down things beyond normal maintenance/repairs like the dates that you’ve washed it, had it waxed/detailed, gas receipts, etc.). If you have a Costco or other “Top Tier” gas station nearby, try to buy your gas there (see http://www.toptiergas.com). Mustang owners/collectors appreciate cars that are well-maintained and they will pay premiums for them, especially special editions. The current model Mustang is highly regarded as the best ever built.

  3. @Erik You made me feel much better! I figured you were a sports car enthusiast based on your Facebook photo with a giant bear. That was really funny, btw! I do agree, there are some huge advantages to buying new when it comes to sports cars. That was pretty much my husband’s reasoning as well.
    We are without fail keeping this thing for at least 10 years, maybe longer. In fact, there is a decent chance that my son will end up inheriting it (he is 6 now). Gasp! That’s a scary thought. I don’t want that boy driving a sports car or any car, for that matter.
    We do keep our vehicles for a long time, and with this price, we are most definitely not trading in Mustang in a few years. I told my husband if he says “I wish I would have waited for the new model to come out!,” he is dead.
    He said “California special” is a fairly rare upgrade. That’s probably why the dealership wouldn’t budge on the price. They knew someone would eventually buy it. And it does look sharp, I have to admit. I’m not into cars, but I can see why my husband was drooling over it. But the price, that price!

  4. My husband is the same way with motorcycles. He keeps upgrading to bigger and faster ones. Men- what can you do? Like you said, he works hard and at least it’s not a mistress on the side… 🙂

    • @Winnie Glad you could relate! Like they say: The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys. But new expensive Ford Mustang definitely beats a mistress on the side. 🙂

  5. My husband wants a new car too. I think he’s purposely letting his Jeep fall apart right now so that he can make a case for himself. He either wants a sports car or a large SUV. I’m dreading what this is going to cost us. But, alas, he works hard too…

    • @Jennifer It’s hard to reason with guys when it comes to cars! I’m having a hard time reconciling how much this thing will squeeze our budget. I really hate borrowing money for vehicles, but this was the only way. Well, at least my husband will feel better about putting in all those overtime hours on weekends, knowing they are paying for his new toy.

  6. Nice car! We bought a new car last week but it’s not nearly as exciting…a new minivan. I also hate car buying, and this time I didn’t even go to the dealer! We used the AAA car buying service and within 8 minutes of hitting submit online we had local dealers calling us. Brian was able to get quotes over the phone from several and negotiated the lowest price before going to the dealer. He even had another dealer call him while he was intransit to a different dealer and offer to beat the other dealer’s price by $500! I’m just glad it’s all over.

    • @Nancy You know, for us buying a new minivan would have been the logical thing to do! The one I have now has quite a few miles on it. But sometimes you just have to shove logic aside.
      I don’t really care what I drive. As long as it’s safe and comfortable, it’s good enough for me. If something breaks on it, we’ll just fix it.
      My husband very much cares about what his personal work vehicle is. His ROI when it comes to enjoyment is much higher with new Mustang than it would be for me if I got a minivan. 🙂 Oh, and I’m also glad it’s over. I don’t like car shopping process at all. Plus I don’t like spending money.

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