With a higher credit score, less of your paycheck will do a vanishing act. Since the lowest APRs (annual percentage rates) are offered to the borrowers with the highest credit scores, improving your credit score before applying for an auto loan can really be worth the effort.
The difference between the highest and lowest used-car APR in Q2 2022 was nearly 17 percentage points, according to Experian. On a 5-year loan for $25,000, for example, you could save nearly $12,700 over the life of the loan if you applied with a higher credit score.
Car loans for bad credit
If you have no credit history or you’ve made some credit mistakes along the way, it’s still possible to get car loans for bad credit. If you’d like to improve your chances of being approved or possibly secure a lower rate, consider adding a cosigner, making a large down payment or both. No matter your score, it’s important to shop around for your auto loan and compare multiple offers.