Who receives the down payment for a vehicle?

I'm putting $5,000 down on a $25,000 vehicle. I'm wondering who gets the check. Does my lender or the dealer receive the down payment?

“Congratulations on your new car!
When you put a down payment on a car, the dealer is the one who gets it. You’ll want to make your check out to them.
Since the dealership gets your down payment, you often are eligible for extra incentives or discounts if you pay a higher amount.
As the remaining $20,000 is financed through your lender, they will pay the dealership directly.
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Scott Michonski Testing
Answered on Aug 02, 2021

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