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Auto loan rates for Nov. 29, 2012

Claes Bell

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  • 4.25% (60-month, new car)
  • 4.95% (36-month, used car)

Auto rates were mixed this week.

The average rate for a 60-month new-car loan idled at 4.25 percent. The average rate for a 48-month new-car loan dropped 1 basis point to 4.16 percent. A basis point is one-hundredth of 1 percentage point.

Used-car loans were also parked, with the average rate for a 36-month used-car loan staying at 4.95 percent.

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