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How to use a car loan calculator
If you are thinking about buying a new car you are going to want to know how much you can afford to spend on it. The best way to figure out your finances is to use a car loan calculator such as the one above this page. These can take all of your information and carry out all of the calculations for you and let you know how much you can afford to borrow.
What information do I need?
Car loan calculators vary in the information it will ask you for, but as a minimum you should expect to input the following factors. If you currently own a car you will need to put in the current value of your car, how much you have remaining to pay on any loans you took out to buy that car, and also any money that you have put aside to add to your car fund.
Using that information you then need to think about the total amount that you wish to borrow in order to be able to buy your car. A car loan calculator will then allow you to select the term over which you wish to repay your loan amount. By inputting the interest rate of the loan that you are looking at you can then get an accurate output of the amount you will have to pay each month and it will also show you the overall amount you will pay over the full term of the loan so that you can compare the differences between loan amounts and repayment amounts easily.
How to use a car loan calculator effectively
If you just have a good guess at the values you put into a car loan calculator you are likely to find that you don’t get the best results and you could either end up missing out on the car you want because you think you can’t afford it, or buying a car that you then struggle to pay for. So do your research and make sure you have a good understanding of your current finances so that you know how much you can afford to repay each month and use that to help you calculate the maximum loan amount you can borrow at each interest rate on the loans that you are looking at. You should generally spend the same amount of time deciding on getting the right loan and car finance as you do deciding on your car.
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