What is a buy rate for an auto loan?

A buy rate is the interest rate that a potential lender quotes to your dealer when you apply for dealer-arranged financing. Your dealer may offer you an interest rate that is higher than the buy rate. The rate the dealer offers you is called the “contract rate.” Sometimes the lender pays the dealer a fee for arranging the financing that is based on the difference between these two rates. Dealers may have discretion to charge you more than the buy rate, so you may be able to negotiate that interest rate.

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