What’s best for you will depend on a number of factors, including your current financial wellness and how hands-on you want to be.
- Auto Loans
- Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications, Elon University
About the author
Rebecca Betterton is the auto loans reporter for Bankrate. She specializes in assisting readers in navigating the ins and outs of securely borrowing money to purchase a car. Rebecca is passionate about empowering women to make informed financial decisions in the showroom.
When Rebecca isn’t researching recent trends in the world of auto finance, she is an avid runner and a lover of interior design.
Rebecca is passionate about providing clarity and accessibility to the automotive loans industry as the cost of used cars has skyrocketed due to inflation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rebecca has been the auto loans reporter at Bankrate since 2021. Prior to her time at Bankrate, she was a social media reporter and copywriter.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications and a minor in Women's Gender and Sexuality from Elon University.
Rebecca's Latest Articles
4 min read May 26, 2022
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Leasing a car can lower your payment, but there are other charges that might make it unaffordable.2 min read May 25, 2022
Don’t settle for a poor interest rate from a dealership — learn what you need to refinance.4 min read May 25, 2022
Learn how to spot a yo-yo scam — and how to stop one before you set foot on a car lot.4 min read May 24, 2022
There’s no single answer for what the best car loan term length is. But there is a way to find what best fits your needs.3 min read May 24, 2022
Maintenance expenses significantly influence the overall cost of ownership — find out by how much.5 min read May 23, 2022