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In addition to your monthly payment, this calculator shows how much you’d pay on your loan’s principle amount and how much you’d pay overall in interest. The principle amount is the amount that you borrowed and should be equal to your loan amount. Total interest is the amount you would pay on top of the principle — the cost of having your loan.
It depends on why you used this calculator. If you wanted to know your monthly payment based on an offer from a lender, you might want to pre-qualify with a few more lenders to find out if you can get a better deal.
If you’re trying to figure out how much you can afford to borrow, use the loan amount, term and interest rate as a guide for finding a car and a corresponding loan that you can afford. Some lenders require that you have a car picked out before you apply. Even if they don’t, it doesn’t hurt to visit a few dealerships to compare your options.
After you’ve found a car that you like, research lenders that are willing to finance the particular car you’re interested in buying — some have restrictions on models, makes and mileage if you’re getting a used car. You can get started by using our comparison table. Once you’ve found a lender you like, follow their specific directions for applying for an auto loan.
Knowing your monthly payment can help you understand what kind of car is in your budget. After all, your monthly payment is the immediate cost you’ll have to deal with on a regular basis. If you can’t afford the monthly payments on a loan for a particular car, then you probably can’t afford that car.
Keep in mind that you might only be able to get a loan worth 80% of your car’s value. This means that you might be required to pay the other 20% upfront. Paying some money upfront can actually be a good thing because your entire payment goes directly to reducing the principal amount owing on the car. Any part of the purchase price covered by the loan is subject to interest, which will eat away at the regular payments you make.
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