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Refinancing Your Car Loan By Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor
As interest rates drop, people’s thoughts turn to refinancing — refinancing their home loan, that is. What they don’t know is that refinancing an auto loan is easier to do, and it can save you some serious money.
How much? Say you bought a new car six months ago. And say there were a few dings on your credit so the dealer told you that your auto loan would be 11 percent on a five-year loan for a $23,000 car. Your monthly payments are $500.
Now let’s say that you surf the Web until you find a company that offers auto refinancing. You could refinance the balance of your car loan and lower your payments to about $400 a month. That’s a savings of nearly $6,000 over the life of the loan.
Other examples could well be more dramatic. In some cases, a new-car buyer could wind up with an auto loan based on an 18-percent interest rate. By refinancing at a competitive rate, the monthly payments would be slashed, and all it takes is about 10 minutes to fill out the application.