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2022's Cities that Overspend on Cars

Adam McCann

February 9, 2022

WALLETHUB - In order to determine where Americans overspend on their set of wheels, WalletHub compared the median auto-loan balance of more than 2,500 U.S. cities.

Buying a car isn't as straightforward as making everyday purchases. The former involves multiple steps and requires prior research, a reasonable budget and some negotiating skills. But buying isn't for everyone, either.

For guidance on the proper way to purchase or lease a car, we asked a panel of experts for their thoughts on the following key questions:

  • What are the most common mistakes people make when shopping for a car?
  • In what circumstances is leasing a smarter option than buying?
  • Generally, what percentage of take-home pay should go to car payments?
  • What are your predictions for car sales in 2022? Should we expect to see an increase prompted by a lack of confidence in public transport, or less commuting due to more people working from home?

Ask the Expert

Vickie Hampton Ph.D., CFP® – Retired Professor, Personal Financial Planning, School of Financial Planning – Texas Tech University

To read Hampton's responses, click here.