What are the main differences between bank financing and dealer financing for a car loan?

I keep hearing conflicting stories about whether bank financing or dealership financing is better for the car loan. In actuality, I don't even know the difference. What are the differences between dealership and bank financing?

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“The main difference between dealer lending and bank lending is that the dealer usually acts as a middleman.
Dealers often work with numerous lenders to find the best rate for your car loan. With a dealership, you don’t have to do any legwork to get the loan other than filling out some forms.
Bank lending cuts out the middleman and may result in a lower interest rate, but not always. However, you’re responsible for going to the bank and doing all the paperwork to get the ball rolling.
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Eric Schad
Answered on Aug 10, 2021
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