We are a customer service company that happens to sell cars. That means when it comes to the financing and ownership protection for your car, you can expect a very different experience from what you might expect at a car dealership. Financing and insurance can be dismayingly complex. It is easy to feel out of your element or at a disadvantage. Our goal is to be your advocate, to help you feel certain and satisfied with your buying decisions. In financing as in every other aspect of our business, as a service company we are not here merely to make a sale. We are here to earn a customer for life.
Everyone is Certified - Everyone
Our entire staff in Finance & Insurance (F&I for short) has passed the rigorous certification of the Association of Finance & Insurance Professionals. This college-level program gives them in-depth knowledge of the regulatory and legal aspects of the field and lays a strong foundation in the industry's best ethical practices.
It only takes a few minutes to fill out our brief online application. No printing, scanning, or faxing needed.
When your factory warranty expires, our Vehicle Service Agreement keeps your peace of mind going and going. You will continue to enjoy extensive coverage of key components, including thorough mechanical, computer, and electrical protection. It guards against future rising costs of parts and labor, and includes towing service, travel protection, and a loan car during repairs. If you sell your vehicle to an individual buyer, the service agreement is transferable.
Prepaid Maintenance Plan
Proper maintenance pays off in ways beyond just extending the life and performance of your car. A well-maintained vehicle has higher resale value. The maintenance plan also insulates you against potentially costly repairs in the future, and it even has environmental benefits; a well-maintained vehicle consumes less fuel and has lower emissions. Speaking of resale, our plan may be transferred if you sell your car to an individual.
Tire and Wheel Coverage
Protection from common road hazards, 24-hour roadside assistance, and no deductible. Those are just a few of the benefits. Our Tire and Wheel Coverage includes full repair or replacement reimbursement for tires and mounting, wheels, balancing, and more. Coverage even carries over to new tires for the remainder of your term.
LoJack Tracking System
The only vehicle recovery system operated by police, LoJack guarantees recovery of a stolen automobile within 24 hours or your money back. Thieves can hide from conventional GPS tracking but not from LoJack, because it transmits through concrete and steel. No wonder LoJack has a 90 percent recovery rate on cars and trucks.
No matter how careful you are protecting your car from door dings, inevitably someone else is a little less careful. To help keep your car in showroom condition, we offer dent protection coverage on both new and preowned Sewell vehicles. Minor dents and dings are repaired by a certified Sewell Paintless Dent Repair technician. In most cases, Paintless Dent Repair is an extremely effective option for door dings and small dents (hail damage and paint scratches not covered) because it uses specialized hand tools to flex the metal to its original form. You have unlimited use of your dent protection for the duration of your plan. It is also transferable to the next owner.
Make your lease experience even more worry-free. SmartLease Select covers you in the case of excess wear during your lease term, with no deductible. It also waives excess mileage charges and covers missing or broken parts.
GAP (Guaranteed Auto Protection) eliminates one of the biggest worries about accidents and vehicle thefts: the potential gap between your vehicle's insurance value and the amount remaining on your loan or lease. If your vehicle is declared a total loss due to accident or theft, GAP does more than just cover the remaining balance on your loan or lease. It also helps cover the deductible on physical damage insurance and gives you the option of a discount allowance when replacing your automobile with us.
Make sure you and your family are protected financially. Credit disability insurance covers loan payments in the event you become disabled due to injury or illness, while credit life insurance covers the balance of your loan should you die. It's a simple step that can make a big difference in protecting your family's future.
In the spirit of exceptional service, we offer a number of different ways to finance a vehicle. Presenting options and walking you through all the ins and outs to find the best finance package for you is the expertise of your Sewell business manager. In general, our financing packages fall into three broad categories: balloon financing, leasing, and traditional financing.
This financing option combines the benefits of leasing and owning. You pay only the anticipated depreciation of the vehicle, plus any finance charges and taxes. A couple of different options are available, depending on the mileage you expect to drive. Your Sewell business manager will help you arrange financing for a 24-, 36- or 48-month term. At the end of the term, you can either make a final balloon payment to buy the car outright or turn in the vehicle to the dealership.
A lease can be a good way to have a more affordable payment than when buying a car. Your lease payment covers only the vehicle depreciated value (plus the = lessor's monthly finance charges), not the entire purchase value. Most vehicles are leased for 24 to 48 months. We don't recommend leasing a vehicle for longer than its general warranty. For people who drive an average number of miles and take good care of their vehicles, leasing is a good financing alternative. Note: If the vehicle incurs excessive wear and tear or mileage during the lease period, a fee will be assessed when the vehicle is turned in, unless you have coverage such as our SmartLease Select.
Does Leasing From Sewell Make Sense?
It makes a lot of sense. There are a lot of companies that only do vehicle leasing. They aren't actually automotive dealers; when you lease from them, they have to go to a dealership to acquire the car before they can lease it to you. In other words, they're middlemen. And where there's a middleman, there's usually a markup. When you lease from Sewell, there's no middleman.
Traditional financing is an installment transaction over a period of time. You agree to pay the amount financed, plus an agreed-upon finance charge. Traditional financing is probably right for you if you like the idea of owning a vehicle or you plan to keep the car for more than a few years. Sewell works with many different lenders to offer you competitive rates. A big part of our service is staying on top of the finance market, knowing which lenders have the best offers at any given time. Talk to your Sewell business manager about what we are seeing in the market today.
In Texas, you will be billed property tax if the car is registered in a business name. If it's registered in your own name, you can file an affidavit of non-income-producing purposes with the state. However, each city may still charge the individual.
How do I figure the amount for tax, title and licensing?
The tax rate in Texas is 6.25%. The tax is calculated on the sale price of the car less any non-leased trade-in. The title fee is $33.00. The registration fees vary based on the car's model year.
When will my first payment be due?
On a purchase, the first payment will be due 30 to 45 days after signing. On a lease, you will make your first payment at the time of signing.
For how long can I finance my car?
The maximum can vary depending on year model, up to 84 months.
How much do you require for a down payment?
Typically, a down payment is not required. However, any down payment used will lower the monthly payment.
Do you have a first-time buyer program?
Most of our lenders have a college graduate program. Some stipulations will apply. This could qualify you for preferred finance rates.
What is GAP insurance?
You may be surprised to learn that the value your primary insurance company places on your vehicle may be substantially less than the amount you actually owe. The result is a financial "gap,"and if the vehicle is totaled or stolen, it's you who must make up the difference. This gap liability could cost thousands. GAP (Guaranteed Auto Protection) insurance will pay the difference between the loan or lease balance and what your insurance company pays you. GAP insurance will go into effect if the vehicle is declared a total loss.
How much payment can I afford?
A good guideline is 20% of your gross monthly income, but other factors can cause it to vary. Your Sewell business manager can walk you through the particulars to help you arrive at a decision that works well for you.
Do you offer extended service agreements?
Yes, and with an important advantage: All our extended service agreements are backed by the manufacturer, not a third party. Service agreement details, including terms and mileage limits, vary between new and pre-owned vehicles.
What if my leased vehicle is involved in a wreck?
If your lease vehicle is declared a total loss, the GAP insurance will take care of the balance. (GAP insurance is always included in a lease.) If the loss is less than total, the claims and repair process is as it would be with a purchased vehicle.
What types of purchasing methods do you offer?
Our purchase methods include leasing, balloon financing, traditional financing, and cash payments. Sewell has many direct relationships with banks and institutions under which we may be able to offer a better financing rate than if you dealt with the bank or institution yourself.
How does my credit rating affect the purchase of a vehicle?
Part of the service our sales associates provide is an assessment of your credit. Sometimes a customer may believe his or her credit rating is not good enough for the purchase of a new vehicle, when, in fact, it may be just fine.
When and how can I purchase a vehicle service agreement?
Generally, vehicle service agreements are sold before the manufacturer's factory warranty expires. You may talk to any sales associate or service advisor in the dealership at any time to learn about or purchase a service agreement.