How do you avoid paying interest on a car loan?

Is there any way I can get out of paying interest on a car loan? I want to get a new car, but I’m worried that I won’t be able to afford the insurance rates. What can I do?

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Answer provided by
Liz Jenson
Answered on Feb 15, 2022
Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to avoid paying interest on a car loan. You’ll need to score a 0% APR to avoid any additional fees as you’re paying off your car, and a 0% APR is very difficult to get since interest rates are largely calculated based on your credit score. If your score is below 750, it’s unlikely that you’ll be offered a 0% APR loan.
However, there are some things you can do to improve your car loan interest rate, including:
  • Opting for a shorter repayment period
  • Shopping around for the best terms before settling on a loan
  • Paying off any outstanding debts or otherwise improving your debt-to-income ratio (DTI)
  • Always paying your bills on time
  • Refinancing your loan if necessary
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