New and Used Auto Loan Financing

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5.00% APR1
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Discover the power of a credit union with rates as low as 5.00% APR1 on New & Used vehicles.

Financing from a credit union you know and love in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area. Your dream car is one click away.

Track your Auto Loan on the go

With our mobile banking app, you can view your transaction history, see your remaining loan balance, set up Face ID, and more.

Manage your auto loan

Making payments to your auto loan is easy! First, enroll in Online Banking if you haven’t already. If you have an Apple or Android device, visit your App Store or Google Play Store and search “Lafayette Federal Credit Union”. Once you download the app, you can log in, view your balance, and more!

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View your transaction history in real time

Track your Auto Loan balance, account information, and your most recent transactions all in one place.

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Login using Face ID

Keep your account secured when you set up Face ID, which means you’ll never have to worry about someone accessing your account unless it’s you.

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Calculate your monthly payment.

Enter the amount you wish to borrow and preferred loan term to determine your estimated monthly payment and interest rate with our auto loan payment calculator.

APR=Annual Percentage Rate. Calculated payments shown for estimation purposes only. Actual loan payment amount will be disclosed at loan closing and may differ slightly. $25‚000 minimum loan amount required for vehicle loan of 73 to 84 months.

Compare our Auto Loan financing rates.

Auto Loans

Term

New Auto APR1

Used Auto APR1

1APR = Annual Percentage Rate. Stated APR is the lowest rate available for qualified members and reflects 0.25% discount for Direct Deposit and automatic debit of loan payment from Checking Account with Lafayette Federal and 0.125% discount for qualified fuel efficient vehicle. Actual rate may be higher based on income, credit worthiness, and loan to value. 2$25‚000 minimum loan amount required for vehicle loan of 73 to 84 months. Add 2.00% to above pricing for all overseas vehicle loans. 3Financing available for model years 2017-2024. 4Financing available for model years 2021-2024.

The rates and terms shown are effective as of April 1, 2024.

Term

36 Months 

New Auto APR1

5.000%

Used Auto APR1

5.000%3

Term

48 Months

New Auto APR1

5.000%

Used Auto APR1

5.000%3

Term

60 Months 

New Auto APR1

5.500%

Used Auto APR1

5.500%3

Term

72 Months

New Auto APR1

5.500%

Used Auto APR1

5.500%3

Term

84 Months2

New Auto APR1

6.250%

Used Auto APR1

6.250%4

Frequently Asked Questions

Navigating your car buying journey can be daunting, but fear not. Our comprehensive FAQ guide is here to simplify the process and empower you to make confident decisions on your journey to owning your dream car.

Knowing how much you can afford is crucial to know prior to applying for an auto loan. You’ll want to make sure you can afford any down payment, as well as the monthly payments, before purchasing a vehicle. Generally speaking, financial experts recommend you spend no more than 10% of your household’s net income on an auto loan.

After you’ve budgeted appropriately, you can start researching vehicles that meet your personal and financial needs. We recommend taking advantage of credible resources, like Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds, to find important vehicle information, such as safety features, reviews, comparison charts, and much more.

Also, keep in mind that when it comes to vehicle costs, you’ll also need to budget for expenses beyond the sticker price. These costs include sales tax, dealership fees, auto insurance, registration fees, as well as ongoing maintenance costs. Experts recommend spending no more than 20% of your household’s net income for total car costs.

Once you understand what you can afford, you can begin shopping around for auto loans. Institutions that offer loans include credit unions, banks, and dealerships. Oftentimes, credit unions can offer members lower interest rates and better loan terms than dealerships and some larger banks.

To secure an auto loan, you’ll have to apply and then be approved by the lending institution. For this reason, it can be beneficial to go through the preapproval process.

Auto Loan Preapproval Process

Getting a preapproval means the lender will review your credit history and other specifics about your financial situation to determine your eligibility for a loan. The preapproval may also include the potential interest rate(s) and term that you qualify for.

During the preapproval process, lenders perform a “hard” credit check, which means they check your full credit report in addition to your score. (Hard credit checks do show up as credit inquiry on your credit report. If you have too many credit inquiries in a short period of time, this can negatively affect your credit score. The good news is most credit scoring models allow consumers to shop around for auto loan rates without seriously damaging their credit scores. Multiple hard inquiries for auto loan pre-approvals are generally treated as a single inquiry by scoring models if they occur within a 14-day window.

A pre-approval is a strong indicator of your likelihood to receive a specific interest rate and term, which is advantageous to you because when you’ve already been pre-approved for a car loan, you’re like a cash buyer. This gives you a big advantage when negotiating a price and can also help you to avoid upsells. You will also have the freedom to go to any dealer you choose and can check out several different ones. There are other benefits to getting preapproval as well, such as helping you budget more accurately, narrowing down vehicles to ones within your budget, and even comparing loan rates between lenders.

Keep in mind that getting a preapproval does not automatically guarantee you’ll be offered the loan. Your application must still be approved by an underwriting team at the time you apply. However, a preapproval is a strong indicator of whether or not you’ll be able to secure funding and how much funding you can secure.

Applying for a Loan

After you’ve been preapproved, you may decide to officially apply for a loan.

There are several items you’ll want to have on hand to simplify the process. You’ll need the details of the vehicle you’re trying to purchase, records of the purchase agreements, registrations, and titles readily available. You’ll also need personal documents such as your driver’s license, proof of income, and residence.

Once you receive an official approval, you should then make sure you understand the terms and conditions of your auto loan before signing, such as the rates, repayment terms, and repayment process.

The loan term refers to the length of the repayment schedule. Common terms for auto loans can range between 24 to 84 months. Generally, the longer your loan term is, the lower your monthly payment will be. While this is advantageous for those looking for a lower payment and can fit it in their budget, but keep in mind you’ll likely end up paying more because the APR will typically be higher.

Some financial institutions offer the option adjust your auto loan’s terms through a refinancing process. But the viability of this option will change depending on your particular financial situation. It can make sense to refinance in cases where you didn’t get the best offer, interest rates have dropped, or you can’t keep up with payments, but refinancing isn’t an option for everyone, nor is it always optimal. There are circumstances where refinancing may not be in your best interest. For instance, if your vehicle has significant wear and tear, refinancing your loan may put you at risk if the vehicle ends up needing major repairs. Additionally, if origination and other loan fees outweigh the benefits of a lower APR or monthly payment, refinancing may not be worth it.

The obligation to repay your loan goes into effect immediately, usually about a month or so after you’ve finalized your loan. It’s usually set up through monthly (or other frequency) repayments with a predetermined rate for the term of your loan. You’ll be expected to make on-time payments for the entire duration of your loan term.

Shorter-term loans typically involve higher monthly payments and lower APRs. The opposite is true for longer-term loans. More specifically, an auto loan with a longer term may have lower monthly payments but a higher APR.

If you want to pay off an auto loan early, you can usually do so without incurring early repayment penalties. However, some auto loans may come with a prepayment penalty, so make sure you check your loan agreement before doing so.

If you’re unable to make your repayment loans on time, you may experience some negative repercussions. For example, you may incur late payment fees and even repossession of your vehicle. Additionally, your credit score can be drastically impacted.

If you find yourself in a (hopefully rare) situation where you need to make a late payment, check your loan agreement and reach out to your lender to understand your options and consequences.

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