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Why A Car Loan Calculator May Save You Tons Of Time

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Perhaps one of the most valuable tools for car shoppers, a car loan calculator can provide instant estimates on monthly payments, how much you can afford and the total cost of interest paid over the life of the loan.  A car loan calculator, which is commonly found online at a lending institution’s website, allows the consumer to provide his/her monthly income and debt payments.  In exchange, a car loan calculator will instantly return with a figure on how much of a car loan can possibly be requested with success, how much will be paid in monthly payments and the number of months in the car loan term.

By using a car loan calculator, consumers will go out into the marketplace with an estimate on how much of a car they can afford.  While these calculators do not guarantee that a loan will be granted or for the amount of any such loan, they do provide a certain knowledge that keeps shoppers more informed.

The benefits to using a car loan calculator are many and will give a hopeful new car owner a realistic look at his/her financial situation, how much they can afford, and the cost of payments.  Based on the purchase price of a car, individuals can enter the length of their desired loan and the estimated interest rate.  In return, the car loan calculator will provide estimated monthly payment amounts based on the information provided.  In addition, the total cost of the car including interest can be figured, along with various loan terms and amounts.  

Because a car loan calculator can provide so much insight into a buyer’s financial situation, they will gain a better understanding if just what they need to do in order to get the car that they want.  For instance, many people do not realize this, but their total debt load should not exceed 50% of their total monthly take home pay.  If it does, they will either be labeled as a high risk and will therefore be forced into paying higher interest rate or they may end up being denied a loan altogether.  The 50% of debt will include a car payment, mortgage and any credit card payments.  This is why it is so valuable to know how much of a car you can afford before you begin shopping.  A car loan calculator can not only save you the heartache of falling in love with a car that you could never realistically afford, but it can also save you bundles of time.

If you are unable to find a car loan calculator online, stop by your local dealership or perhaps even a local bank that accepts car loan applications.  Either of these methods may allow the potential buyer to go over his/her finances, privately, with a loan expert who can better evaluate their financial situation and give a more definitive answer as to what type of car loan should be applied for.  The actual monthly car payments amounts may be lowered by a larger down payment, better interest rates and an extended loan term.

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