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When you’re in the market for a new or used car, one of the most important factors to consider is the APR. But what is a good APR? And how do you know if you’re getting a good deal? Keep reading to learn more about APRs and how to get the best rate on your next car purchase.

What is an APR and how is it calculated?

The annual percentage rate (APR) tells you how much your yearly payments will be for a loan. It includes all the fees and costs associated with getting the loan, but APR does not take into account compound interest which is the interest calculated on the initial amount of the loan. This number can help you compare different loans or credit cards.

The APR is shown as a percentage, but it is not a new or different interest rate. It just tells you how much the loan will cost in total. The APR is calculated by multiplying the periodic interest rate by the number of periods in a year. This tells you how often the interest rate is applied to the balance.

What APR Should I Expect?

If you’re looking at different APRs, the rates can vary widely depending on your credit history. For those with a high credit score, a rate lower than 2.34% would be considered above average, but if your credit score falls below 500, getting an APR lower than 14% would be above average.

It’s also important to take into account that purchasing a new or used car can impact your rate as new cars will tend to be eligible for lower rates.

How to Get a Good APR

There are some things that you can do to make sure you get a lower APR. You can keep track of your credit score, make payments on time, and use less than 30% of your available credit. You should also avoid applying for a lot of credit cards at once, keep your old credit cards open, and check your credit report regularly.

Benefits of Low APR Loans 

The benefits of having a lower APR are that you will save money on interest and fees, and you will have more money to put toward the principal of the loan. This can help you pay off your loan faster and save money in the long run.

Risks of High APR Loans 

The risks of high APR loans are that you will end up paying more interest and fees over time, and you may have a harder time paying off the loan. This can increase your debt and put you at risk of defaulting on the loan.

The Role of Credit When Buying a Car

There are a few reasons why it is important to know your credit score and credit situation before you take out a car loan. Your credit score can determine if you are eligible for a car loan, the interest rate on the loan, and the monthly payments.

A good credit score means you’re a low-risk borrower, which could lead to a lower interest rate and monthly payment. A bad credit score could lead to a higher interest rate and a higher monthly payment. If you have bad credit, you may still be able to get a car loan, but you may have to put down a larger down payment or get a co-signer.

Financial Tips When Shopping for a Car

If you’re in the market for a new car, it’s important to know the ins and outs of APRs so that you can get the best deal possible. The following tips can help the process go much smoother.  

First, you should research the car you’re interested in and compare prices. You should also get preapproved for a loan before you go to the dealership. This will give you an idea of what you can afford and help you negotiate a better price. Finally, be sure to take your time when shopping for a car and don’t rush to a decision.

How Can CreditAssociates Help?

If your struggles with debt are keeping you from getting the car you want, CreditAssociates can help you work to reduce your debt. We can help you create a payment plan that’s right for you and your budget. We also offer free consultations so that you can learn more about our services and how we can help you reduce your debt by up to half or more. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

Common Questions About APR

Does a low APR save me money?

A low APR can save you money in the long run by helping you pay off your loan faster and avoid interest and fees.

What is a subvented lease?

A subvented lease, also known as subsidized leases, is when a car dealership offers a lower interest rate or other incentives to help you qualify for the loan. Subvented leases are offered by dealerships to get rid of their old inventory quickly. Other incentives might include: a discount on the car’s price, lower APR, or lower monthly payments. 

Can you get a car loan interest-free?

It is possible to get a 0% APR car loan, but these tend to be introductory offers from the lender and they only last for a set amount of time. Be sure to read the terms of the offer before buying. 

Can you negotiate APR on a car?

Yes, you can negotiate APR on a car. The interest rate is one of the easiest things to negotiate, and you should always try to get the best deal possible. You can use your credit score and credit situation as leverage when negotiating with the dealership.