How is the APR calculated on a car loan?

What kind of information do lenders use for APR calculations on a car loan? I’m just wondering if there’s anything I can do to get a better APR.

Answer
APR or annual percentage rate is an important part of your loan, so it’s great you’re looking at ways to improve it. The APR on a car loan is largely based on your credit score. Borrowers with excellent credit will see a much lower APR than borrowers with low or limited credit.
If improving your credit score isn’t feasible, there are two things you can do:
  • Decrease your loan term. 72 and 80-month car loans tend to come with much higher APRs than 60-month loans and below.
  • Make a **large downpayment. When you do this, you lower your risk as a borrower. Since a lender won’t have to finance the car’s entire value, they will generally offer a lower APR.
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Liz Jenson
Answered on Dec 03, 2021
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