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  • Morning Coffee: Paying cash for a new car might be more expensive

    I was reading the January/February issue of our Southern California AAA magazine, Westways, and was surprised to learn that paying cash for a new car at a dealership can be an obstacle to getting the best price. That’s because dealerships often get more money for arranging your financing, so although we should have enough cash to buy our next car outright, I’ll be prepared to take out a low-interest rate, no-prepayment-penalty loan and pay it off quickly.

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    Comments

    1. I used to work for a major auto finance company. The money is made in the interest rate of the loans, specifically the markup in the interest rate between the lending company and the dealership. Very little is made off the actual sale of the car, but the longer it takes you to pay the more everyone else makes!
      Of course, as long as your contract allows it you can pay off the loan as quickly as you want.