ALEXANDRIA, Va.-One of the biggest credit union auto lenders in the country believes its 2.99% rate needs some help to compete with bank and manufacturer financing, and has added a car-buying website that offers members prices averaging some $4,000 below MSRP.

According to Ben Scandlen, VP of marketing and online for the $15.4-billion Pentagon FCU, that combination is what it takes to win business in a hyper-competitive auto loan market.

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