What's the major difference between financing through a bank or through a dealer?

"What's the difference between going through the dealer for financing or going directly to a bank? I was going to buy a car through the dealer and they said they offer comparable rates to banks and credit unions."

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Eric Schad
Answered on Jul 28, 2021
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“In some cases, there’s no difference at all. Dealers commonly work with these lenders in a process called dealer-arranged financing. Essentially, you’re trusting them to shop for new car loan rates on your behalf.
Because they’re shopping for you, you have no way to know if you’re getting the best deal.
In some cases, dealers will arrange financing that gives them a kickback. As a result, shopping for a car loan rate on your own can help you save money and determine what a fair interest rate is for your income and credit.”
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