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How to Calculate Car Payments

Watch more How to Buy a Car videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Follow these tips to learn how to calculate car payments. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Convert the interest rate percentage to a decimal Convert your loan's interest rate to a decimal number by dropping the percent sign and dividing the number by 100. Step 2: Divide decimal number by 12 Divide the interest rate on your car loan by 12. Write this number on a piece of paper. Step 3: Multiply by your car loan principal Multiply the number by the loan's principal amount -- the total amount of your car loan. Write this number down, as it will be used in your final calculation. Tip Remember to subtract any down payment you might make from the new car's purchase price when figuring out the principal amount. Step 4: Add 1 plus the interest divided by 12 Recall the number you got from dividing the interest rate by 12 in step 2. Add 1 to this number. Step 5: Multiply sum by itself, using number of payments as exponent Take the sum from step 4 raised to the power of the number of months included in the term of your loan. For example, if you will make 36 monthly payments, multiply the sum from step 4 by itself 36 times. Step 6: Calculate 1 divided by this sum Calculate 1 divided by the result from step of your multiplication. Tip Round this number to the nearest hundredths place to make it easier to work with. Step 7: Subtract sum from 1 Subtract this number from 1. Jot this number down for use in your final calculation. Tip Avoid the math by using car payment calculators found on many auto dealer and bank websites. Step 8: Divide the first number by the second Divide the number from step 3 by the number from step 7 for your final monthly car payment. Think about whether this will fit into your monthly budget. If so, you might want to ride off in that dream car. Did You Know? The Smithsonian Institute has been collecting cars since 1899, and has more than 60 cars in its collection, including a 1913 Model T Ford and a 1903 Cadillac.
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