How can a dealer offer a better APR on a car loan than my bank?

I got preapproved for a 60 month loan at 3.59%. I went to the dealer, they asked about my financing, and they said they could offer 2.99%. How can a dealer beat my bank on a car loan?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
“Car dealers often offer competitive rates to sell more cars.
Before agreeing to a loan through the dealership, read over the finance agreement.
sometimes change or raise the price of the car as a result of the lower interest rate. They use this tactic to bait you into thinking you’re getting a better deal.
You can compare the terms and conditions of the dealership’s loan to your bank’s. If the dealership’s offer is truly a better deal than your bank’s, you should feel comfortable financing through the dealer.
Don’t forget that when you buy a new vehicle, you will need proper coverage. If you haven’t already found insurance, use the free
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