How to Figure Out a Car Payment for Your Budget

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If you are in a tight budget, then you should know how to figure the car payment that you will be paying each month. Here are ways to figure them out, and then try to use them to shorten your monthly installments.

Step 1 - Determine Length of the Loan

The length of the loan will affect how much money you will pay each month. If you have a small budget for car payment, then you should opt for a long term deal, because the installments are shorter than the ones of a short term deal. However, in a long term deal, you would end up paying more because of all the interest accumulated over the years. If your budget is flexible, then choose a short term deal.

Always make a down payment, regardless of your

budget. The reason why a down payment is important is because they protect you against depreciation, when your car's value goes down every year. To protect yourself against the first year of depreciation, pay 20 percent of the car's value as down payment, because that is how much a car depreciates in the first year. A down payment will also reduce your monthly installments.

The APR figures out your installments, so it would be beneficial if you get a lower APR. To get a low APR, you need to have credit record (over 700). Research banks to find the lowest APR. If you have a bad credit score, then you can get an unsecured cash loan from the bank. You will get the money, but they would charge you higher interest than other people due to your score.

Source: www.carsdirect.com

Category: Credit

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