How does refinancing a car loan work?

How does the refinancing process work for a car loan? I’ve improved my financial situation a lot since I first took out the loan, and I’d like to refinance because I think I could find better terms. What do I need to do?

Refinancing a car loan will work differently for everyone as loans depend heavily on your financial situation.
That said, you can generally expect the process to work like this:
  • First, you’ll want to check your credit. It sounds like your credit has probably improved since you first took out your loan, which means that you’ll most likely get a better rate on your loan!
  • Next, gather the documents you need. This will include a copy of your driver’s license, your vehicle registration, proof of insurance, and proof of income, but your lender might ask for more specific documents.
  • Make sure to shop around before settling on a loan. Make sure to look at the interest rate, repayment terms, fees, and any other elements of the loan contract that are important to you for each lender that you consider.
  • Once you’ve chosen a lender, it’s time to apply for the new loan.
  • If you’re accepted, you’ll sign the contract and your lender will pay off your old loan for you. Then, you can begin making payments to your new lender under the new terms.
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Liz Jenson
Answered on Nov 17, 2021

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