QoD: What is the interest rate differential on car loans between those with bad credit and those with best credit?

Feb 04, 2020
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Answer: 4.4% vs. 16.7% (12.3% difference)

Note: APR = Annual Percentage Rate (a.k.a. Interest Rate)

Source: MyFICO Loan Savings Calculator as of 1/31/2020 (From NGPF Activity: Impact of Credit Score on Loans)


  • Why do you think that those who struggle with managing credit pay higher interest rates when they need a loan? 
  • Looking at the column, TOTAL Interest Paid, how much more is someone with a 580 credit score paying in interest compared to someone with a 720 credit score? [Based on $20,000 car loan]
  • Between what FICO Score bands do you see the biggest difference in APR (or interest rate)? 

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About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.