How long should I expect to have to wait for approval on a car loan?

"How long does approval for a car loan usually take? After applying for financing the dealer thanked me and said they would let me know when I am approved and can come back in to finalize everything."

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Johnny Puckett
Answered on Jul 28, 2021
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“It really varies from one dealer to another and can also depend on your current financial situation as well.
Some dealerships have a better relationship with better lenders and can get an answer for a new car loan the same day, while it may take other dealers a day or two.
If you have less than perfect credit or low income, the dealership may have to look for financing from a subprime lender, which could also take longer.
Either way you should know something by the end of the week. If not, you can always call the dealership and ask.”
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