Which credit union is best for car loans?

I’m shopping around for a new car after paying off my last one. My previous lender was the dealership, but my friends said I can save tons by getting a loan at a credit union. What are the best credit unions for car loans?

Answer
Congrats on paying off your old car loan and getting a new one! Your friends are right; getting a car loan with a credit union is often the best deal, as credit unions are nonprofit organizations and pass the savings along to members. While your local credit unions are worth a visit, check out national credit unions such as PenFed or Star One.
Keep in mind that you have to meet membership eligibility requirements to get a loan from a credit union. Oftentimes, this is geographically based, but you may also have to be a member of a specific organization or have a certain employer.
If you can meet the eligibility requirements, some of the top-rated credit unions for car loans include:
  • PenFed Credit Union
  • Navy Federal Credit Union
  • San Diego County Credit Union
  • America First Credit Union
  • Star One Credit Union
  • Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union
Shopping around at these credit unions, as well as local and regional credit unions are always a smart move to get the best rate, so don’t settle on the first offer you get.
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Eric Schad
Answered on Dec 01, 2021
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