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How to Refinance a Car Loan

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If lowering your monthly payments and paying less in interest both sound good to you, you should learn how to refinance a car loan. Although it isn’t always a perfect solution, and it isn’t a good option for every driver, refinancing has helped a wide range of the Greenwich area’s drivers. Before you make a final decision, explore the best way to refinance a car loan with the Land Rover Darien finance team.

How Do You Refinance a Car Loan?

So, how do you refinance a car loan, anyway? Let’s start by taking a closer look at what refinancing really is:

  • When you refinance an auto loan, you’re essentially making a new agreement to pay back the money you still owe. Your old agreement will end, and you’ll start a new plan under newer, more preferable terms.

Now that you’ve got the basics, let’s dive in. Here’s how to refinance an auto loan, step-by-step:

  1. Check Your Credit Score – Has your credit score improved? If you’ve been making payments on time, you may see your score go up. If so, there’s a good chance that you can secure a lower interest rate.
  2. Make Your Applications – Shop around for refinancing opportunities. If you previously financed with a bank, refinancing with a dealership may be an option. Just make sure to make all your applications within a 14-day window.
  3. Consider and Compare Your Offers: You can use our monthly payment calculator to see how various interest rates and loan terms will impact your short and long-term budgets.
  4. Decide Loan Term: If you’ve done your research, you know that a longer loan term means lower monthly payments, but higher total costs. This is true even if you get a lower rate by refinancing, so consider your options carefully.

What to Know When Refinancing Your Car

Refinancing can help you get back on track and get a handle on your monthly budget. Or, it can leave you saddled with fees and penalties. Here’s what to know when refinancing a car, so you can avoid any unpleasant surprises:

  • Early Repayment Fees – Some auto loan financing contracts include fees which accrue if you pay a loan off early. Refinancing will trigger these fees, so you may have to pay a hefty lump sum to secure that low rate you really want.
  • The Condition of Your Vehicle Matters – If your vehicle is worth less than you currently owe on it, lenders will be less incentivized to consider you for refinancing. The same is true if you’ve made extensive modifications to your vehicle, or if it’s getting on in years.
  • Go Over the Fine Print – Ultimately, there’s no substitute for careful attention. Make sure that you really understand what you’re getting into, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Wondering what your refinancing options are at Land Rover Darien? It’s easy to get pre-qualified or apply for financing online. Or learn more about in-house financing before you get started.

Learn About Your Financing Options at Land Rover Darien

Interested in getting more of our car buying tips? We’ve made it easy to get started online, but when in doubt, it often pays to ask an expert. Explore available finance and insurance options, call us at (855) 552-1292, or just stop in today! Our financing center is easy to reach from Stamford or Norwalk.

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