What's the minimum credit score needed for a decent car loan APR?

I want to get a car loan, but I don't want to pay a massive amount of interest. What's the credit score I need to get a good APR?

Answer
If you want to get a good APR (a percentage including interest and relevant taxes/fees) on your car loan, you’re going to need a credit score of 661 or higher.
A 661 credit score puts you in the prime range of scores, which often can get you a favorable rate. Your APR will stay about the same until you hit a 780 credit score, which is considered superprime and rewards you with the lowest APR possible.
If your credit score falls between 661 and 780, you can expect a new car loan rate between 3% and 4% and a used car loan rate between 4% and 6%. Rates are subject to change per your lender, vehicle, and other financial circumstances.
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Answered on Oct 20, 2021
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