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People have long had a romance with the open road, the sun streaming through your car windows and the smell of new leather, nobody feels nostalgic about the car loan financing process. If you’re a first-time car buyer, the hoops you have to jump through before you’re finally behind the wheel can seem daunting. Even for veteran car buyers, applying for an auto loan is a headache — a have-to rather than a get-to.

That’s why we’re here for you with our Auto Loan Learning Center and our Member Resources. No one is born knowing everything they need to know about personal finances. Before you begin your journey toward purchasing your next car, make sure you have all the information you need. The links below provide a self-directed tour through the car buying process, from deciding how much car you can comfortably afford to figuring out how much you can get if you sell or trade in your current car.