How Do You Refinance a Car Loan?

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If your credit score recently improved, refinancing your car loan can help you save more money. Not sure how to go about refinancing your car loan? When the time comes to refinance a car loan, trust the helpful finance staff at North Penn Mazda We’ve created a helpful guide to help you learn the best way to refinance an auto loan. Read on to learn more!


What to Know When Refinancing Your Car

So what’s the best way to refinance your car loan? First, you’ll want to review your car financing documents or call your lender to confirm your current interest rate and monthly payments. Once you have that information on hand, follow these steps for the best way to refinance an auto loan:

  • Check Your Credit Score: If your monthly bills have been paid on time, chances are your credit score has improved and refinancing could prove beneficial.
  • Start Applying: Don’t apply to just one automotive refinance company; apply to several to ensure the best rate. Submit all applications within a 14 day period to minimize the negative impact on your credit score.
  • Evaluate Offers: Run the numbers on offers to verify you’ll receive the monthly payment you’ve been hoping for.
  • Decide Loan Term: Shorter-term loans guarantee you larger monthly payments, but less interest. Longer-term loans provide smaller payments, but you will end up paying more in interest overall.

In the end, you’ll want to be ready to negotiate to ensure you get the offer that works best for you and your financial situation.


What to Know When Refinancing Your Car

In addition to the process and tips above, it can be helpful to also note the following when planning to refinance your auto loan:

  • Fees: Check our original car loan to make sure there aren’t any early payoff fees. If so, refinancing might not be cost-effective.
  • Underwater Finances: If your vehicle’s value is lower than what you still owe on the auto loan, approval for refinancing will be harder to obtain.
  • Older Vehicles: Many lenders won’t refinance an older car with major depreciation. Some lenders have age limits on the vehicles they will refinance.

We work with a great network of banks and lenders, ensuring you’ll find the best deal on a refinance for your budget. We’re always here to help.

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