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Chances are that if you're buying a used car you aren't going to have the full purchase price in cash (that means getting a used car loan). Shopping around for the best loan beforehand will keep you from succumbing to high-pressure tactics car dealers use to try to convince customers to accept their financing options at higher rates.
The best way to compare the true cost of one loan to another is to find out what the annual percentage rate (APR) is. APR is the actual interest rate you pay annually on the unpaid balance of the loan, including any fees.