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Is 2.74% a good rate?

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Is 2.74% a good rate?

Interested in a new car at the dealership. No sure which make or model yet.

Applied for a PenFed auto loan online. Selecting the option where I don't know make or model or amount of car.

Put in income information.

I inputted $20,000 for what I will put down.

I inputted $25,000 auto loan.

First time auto loan application, ever.

System in a few seconds spit out I was approved for $25,000.

PenFed will now send me paperwork in mail and a "draft" which I spoke to rep said is a like a check I can write for an amount up to $25,000 (I can use less than $25,000 if I don't want to use the whole amount).

I may just use my own $20,000 cash to buy a new car, but wanted to have the option of a tapping into an auto loan ($25,000 approved credit)

 

Anyway, I see BOA's website has 2.74%. Wells Fargo is 3%+.

I did not want to get stuck with applying at deader since I heard they do multiple hard pulls.

Now with this approval I don't have to rely on dealer finnaicng.

 

1. So is 2.74% PenFed auto loan rate a good rate for someone like me with excellent credit, never missed a payment and htis is my 1st auto loan if I choose to use it?

2. Is it worth comparing what the dealer can finance at dealership or likely they cannot beat 2.74%?

3. Should I try other banks for a lower than 2.74% rate or leave well enough alone and hard pulls, and stick with this 2.74%?

 

Thanks

Credit Cards: AmEx Platinum (NPSL), Citi Prestige ($32K), Simmons ($5.5K), IberiaBank ($14K)
Personal Lines of Credit: U.S. Bank ($5K), Wells Fargo ($11.2K), Citibank ($11.8K), PenFed CU ($25K), LA Financial CU ($20K)
myFICO 3B Report (as of 4/30/16): Experian: Score 8: 786; Mortgage Score 2: 809 Equifax: Score 8: 801; Mortgage Score 5: 809 Transunion: Score 8: 796; Mortgage Score 4: 796
Jumbo Mortgage: 3.75%
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Re: Is 2.74% a good rate?

That is a good rate, but if you have excellent credit the dealer might be able to beat. I would rather know what I have going in, but you could use it to help negotiate at the dealership
State Farm Rewards (3,000) ~ Marvel MC (8,000) ~ PenFed Power Cash (5,000) ~ PenFed Promise (6,000) ~ PenFed OLOC (500) ~ Discover ($1,000) ~ Citi DC (1,700) ~ NFCU cashRewards (6,200) ~ NFCU Platinum (1,700) ~ NFCU CLOC (15,000) ~ QuickSilver Visa (10,300) ~ DCU Visa (5,000) ~ Chase Freedom Unlimited (3,000) ~ Amex Hilton Honors (5,000) ~ Amex SPG Business (3,000) ~ Care Credit (15,000)
Current Scores (7/8/17): 682 Transunion, 648 Equifax, 673 Experian
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Re: Is 2.74% a good rate?


Tigers09 wrote:
That is a good rate, but if you have excellent credit the dealer might be able to beat. I would rather know what I have going in, but you could use it to help negotiate at the dealership

^^^^

Thanks for your advice

Credit Cards: AmEx Platinum (NPSL), Citi Prestige ($32K), Simmons ($5.5K), IberiaBank ($14K)
Personal Lines of Credit: U.S. Bank ($5K), Wells Fargo ($11.2K), Citibank ($11.8K), PenFed CU ($25K), LA Financial CU ($20K)
myFICO 3B Report (as of 4/30/16): Experian: Score 8: 786; Mortgage Score 2: 809 Equifax: Score 8: 801; Mortgage Score 5: 809 Transunion: Score 8: 796; Mortgage Score 4: 796
Jumbo Mortgage: 3.75%
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Re: Is 2.74% a good rate?

Only thing I would add, if you know your scores going in, talk with the dealership about if they think they can get a better rate, and bring in your pre-approval. Make sure you don't agree to them pulling your reports until you talk a little with them; may save you a few pulls.

When I bought last year they had me fill out an app and I already had financing. I told them I didn't want my credit pulled and wrote at the top of the form as well. If you're not worried about inquiries, that part may not matter to you
State Farm Rewards (3,000) ~ Marvel MC (8,000) ~ PenFed Power Cash (5,000) ~ PenFed Promise (6,000) ~ PenFed OLOC (500) ~ Discover ($1,000) ~ Citi DC (1,700) ~ NFCU cashRewards (6,200) ~ NFCU Platinum (1,700) ~ NFCU CLOC (15,000) ~ QuickSilver Visa (10,300) ~ DCU Visa (5,000) ~ Chase Freedom Unlimited (3,000) ~ Amex Hilton Honors (5,000) ~ Amex SPG Business (3,000) ~ Care Credit (15,000)
Current Scores (7/8/17): 682 Transunion, 648 Equifax, 673 Experian
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Re: Is 2.74% a good rate?


Tigers09 wrote:
Only thing I would add, if you know your scores going in, talk with the dealership about if they think they can get a better rate, and bring in your pre-approval. Make sure you don't agree to them pulling your reports until you talk a little with them; may save you a few pulls.

When I bought last year they had me fill out an app and I already had financing. I told them I didn't want my credit pulled and wrote at the top of the form as well. If you're not worried about inquiries, that part may not matter to you

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Thanks. I am worried about inquires. I will do as you say and come prepared knowing my auto scores etc

Credit Cards: AmEx Platinum (NPSL), Citi Prestige ($32K), Simmons ($5.5K), IberiaBank ($14K)
Personal Lines of Credit: U.S. Bank ($5K), Wells Fargo ($11.2K), Citibank ($11.8K), PenFed CU ($25K), LA Financial CU ($20K)
myFICO 3B Report (as of 4/30/16): Experian: Score 8: 786; Mortgage Score 2: 809 Equifax: Score 8: 801; Mortgage Score 5: 809 Transunion: Score 8: 796; Mortgage Score 4: 796
Jumbo Mortgage: 3.75%
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Re: Is 2.74% a good rate?

Having a pre-approval will help you negotiate. You can let the dealer try for one chance to beat it, but at least you can save them from shotgunning your credit will tons of pulls. Inquiries won't effect the car loan, but could add a bunch if you went in blind from the dealership
State Farm Rewards (3,000) ~ Marvel MC (8,000) ~ PenFed Power Cash (5,000) ~ PenFed Promise (6,000) ~ PenFed OLOC (500) ~ Discover ($1,000) ~ Citi DC (1,700) ~ NFCU cashRewards (6,200) ~ NFCU Platinum (1,700) ~ NFCU CLOC (15,000) ~ QuickSilver Visa (10,300) ~ DCU Visa (5,000) ~ Chase Freedom Unlimited (3,000) ~ Amex Hilton Honors (5,000) ~ Amex SPG Business (3,000) ~ Care Credit (15,000)
Current Scores (7/8/17): 682 Transunion, 648 Equifax, 673 Experian
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Re: Is 2.74% a good rate?

Ended up with a 1.90% rate through Lexus Financial Services. Dealer beat PenFed's 2.74%.

Credit Cards: AmEx Platinum (NPSL), Citi Prestige ($32K), Simmons ($5.5K), IberiaBank ($14K)
Personal Lines of Credit: U.S. Bank ($5K), Wells Fargo ($11.2K), Citibank ($11.8K), PenFed CU ($25K), LA Financial CU ($20K)
myFICO 3B Report (as of 4/30/16): Experian: Score 8: 786; Mortgage Score 2: 809 Equifax: Score 8: 801; Mortgage Score 5: 809 Transunion: Score 8: 796; Mortgage Score 4: 796
Jumbo Mortgage: 3.75%
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Re: Is 2.74% a good rate?


youdontkillmoney wrote:

Ended up with a 1.90% rate through Lexus Financial Services. Dealer beat PenFed's 2.74%.


Congrats,  I was going to mention that the only lenders that would beat that rate would be a captive lender because factories will subsize the rate to move inventory.  Having that preapproval in hand before you buy is a great way to keep the dealer from marking up your rate so well done.

Gardening till 2018, Goal of 700's by the end of 2017
MyFico Scores Aug 2017: EQ 675 TU 695 EXP 698
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Re: Is 2.74% a good rate? Lexus

Bought the 2017 Lexus IS 200T with Navigation package for $43,000 exact Out the Door (taxes, DMV fees, etc etc all rolled in).Sticker price was $43,923 before taxes and fees so they started of offering me $49,000 out the door. Brought it down to $43,000 and then I asked to add in (1) all season mats, (2) 2 lexus key chains, and (3) 2 Lexus pens for the glove compartment, full tank of gas of course and a car wash. This is Los Angeles, CA area.

Credit Cards: AmEx Platinum (NPSL), Citi Prestige ($32K), Simmons ($5.5K), IberiaBank ($14K)
Personal Lines of Credit: U.S. Bank ($5K), Wells Fargo ($11.2K), Citibank ($11.8K), PenFed CU ($25K), LA Financial CU ($20K)
myFICO 3B Report (as of 4/30/16): Experian: Score 8: 786; Mortgage Score 2: 809 Equifax: Score 8: 801; Mortgage Score 5: 809 Transunion: Score 8: 796; Mortgage Score 4: 796
Jumbo Mortgage: 3.75%
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Re: Is 2.74% a good rate? Lexus


youdontkillmoney wrote:

Bought the 2017 Lexus IS 200T with Navigation package for $43,000 exact Out the Door (taxes, DMV fees, etc etc all rolled in).Sticker price was $43,923 before taxes and fees so they started of offering me $49,000 out the door. Brought it down to $43,000 and then I asked to add in (1) all season mats, (2) 2 lexus key chains, and (3) 2 Lexus pens for the glove compartment, full tank of gas of course and a car wash. This is Los Angeles, CA area.


Well done

Gardening till 2018, Goal of 700's by the end of 2017
MyFico Scores Aug 2017: EQ 675 TU 695 EXP 698
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