What does "per diem" mean on a car loan?

"I was reviewing my car loan and I noticed that the contract had a $5 per diem charge. What is this?"

“In all likelihood, the per diem charge is just what you’re paying every day for the loan.
To make the loan make more sense to you, some lenders will show you that per diem charge. It’s nothing to be worried about—unless it’s tacked on to the actual loan amount. If it’s an added charge, you should run away from the loan.”
Eric Schad
Answered on Jul 23, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.

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