How Does an Auto Refinance Work?

Here's what you need to know about refinancing an auto loan.

Have you or someone you know ever thought about refinancing an auto loan? If you have then you’re one of the many people out there who choose this as an option for restructuring their current loan situation. The good news is that they’re pretty easy to take on.

Let’s look more closely at how auto refinancing works:

Getting Started With an Auto Loan Refinance:

The first step involved in taking out an auto refinance loan is actually approaching a lender for consideration. You can either visit your local bank or credit union, or even visit an online financial institution, to talk about your options for refinancing.

Going Through the Auto Loan Refinance Process:

Once you contact an establishment, your joint goal will be to find an interest rate worth pursuing so that you can successfully get into a good affordable payment plan. The point of refinancing is to lower your monthly payments, so in working with the financial institution, you want to find a rate that will do just that. After you’ve determined the rate, you will determine with the car dealer or financial institution on how much it will cost you to buy out the current loan. Whatever this amount is will be the amount of the new loan.

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Paying Back Your New Loan:

While refinancing your car almost always results in a lower monthly payment, it’s important to know that whenever you start a new loan, you may have to deal with front-loaded interest. This means that for the first months – or maybe even years – of the loan, you’ll be paying more on the interest than the car itself. Keep this in mind if you want to refinance again. You may be dealing with an upside loan if you try a second time.

Knowing how the auto refinance process works helps immensely when thinking about restructuring your auto loan. So check out the refinancing possibilities available to you. You might find a lender that is offering the interest rate of a lifetime!

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About the Author

Stacey Bumpus

Stacey Bumpus holds both her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Communications. After spending years in corporate communications, she discovered freelancing was really her cup of tea and fell in love with finding and writing about the latest financial news. Now, providing news and tips about banking, mortgages, taxes (and even logging her own efforts to save for retirement), she's not only fulfilling her lifelong passion, but also helping others manage their finances responsibly.

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