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Car Financing - How it Really Works Albert Lea MN

Car financing is frequently misunderstood by automotive consumers. Learn how dealer financing works, how to get approved, when to get a co-signer, and the importance of good credit.

St. Paul, MN
Peoples National Bank of Mora
(320) 679-3100
45 Union St N
Mora, MN
Household Finance Corp
(952) 942-1994
11010 Prairie Lakes Dr
Eden Prairie, MN
Discover Mortgage
(218) 726-1200
202 W Superior St Ste 700
Duluth, MN
Wells Fargo Financial Acceptance
(651) 429-8023
1350 Highway 96 E
Saint Paul, MN
McCarthy Auto World
(916) 420-9923
3350 129th Ave NW
Coon Rapids, MN
(763) 424-6012
8036 Brooklyn Blvd
Minneapolis, MN
Horizon Bank
(651) 277-2265
6041 Main St
North Branch, MN
Central Minnesota Federal Credit Union
(320) 243-7022
201 Minnie St
Paynesville, MN
Heart of the Lakes Credit Union
(218) 346-4450
108 Judd St
Perham, MN

Car Financing - How it Really Works

One of the most misunderstood concepts about buying or leasing a new car is how car financing really works. Dealer financing, specifically, is misunderstood.

We'll say it again later, but the key concept to understand is that car dealers do not finance car loans and leases. However, dealers can most certainly affect how you finance and what you pay for financing.

Dealers always sell for cash
Car dealers are independent business people who have an authorized franchise with one or more car manufacturers. They do not work for the manufacturer; the manufacturer does not own the dealership.

Dealers buy cars from the manufacturer, usually with large "floor-plan" loans from a bank or finance company. The bank charges dealers interest on these loans. Dealers have to sell cars to pay off these loans with associated interest, as well as cover other expenses of running a business.

When a dealer sells or leases a car, he always receives cash, whether it's directly from the customer, or from a finance company or bank who has loaned a customer the money.

A common misconception is that dealers would rather get cash directly from a customer, bypassing the financing step. Some people mistakenly believe that dealers give cash customers a discount. This is not true. In fact, dealers typically get a commission or "finders fee" on car financing provided by banks or finance companies and therefore prefer that customers finance or lease...

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