Auto Loans and Financing
What is the maximun legal interest rate on a car loan in Illinois?
ILLINOIS, the legal rate of interest is 5%. The general usury limit is 9%. The judgment rate is 9%.
Banks have separate rules. In fact, due to high inflation, in 1980, the federal government passed a special law which allowed national banks (the ones that have the word "national" or the term "N.A." in their name, and savings banks that are federally chartered) to ignore state usury limits and pegged the rate of interest at a certain number of points above the federal reserve discount rate. In addition, specially chartered organizations like small loan companies and installment plan sellers (like car financing companies) have their own rules.