Can I pay off a car loan early?

I got my yearly bonus from work, and it's enough to pay off my car loan. Is it possible to pay off the rest of my car loan ahead of time?

Answer
Yes! You can pay off a car loan early, and in fact, it’s a financially savvy move.
Since you have the cash, just get a payoff statement for your car from your lender. This will include the final balance of the loan, plus any remaining interest you’re responsible for per the loan agreement.
Before you make this final payment, you should make sure that your lender doesn’t have any penalties for prepayment. In some cases, a prepayment penalty can drastically impact whether or not paying off the full balance is the right move.
The average prepayment penalty is 2% of the outstanding loan balance. However, most lenders have done away with such fees. Be wary anyway and always ask so there aren’t any surprises.
Since you’re paying off your car, you also have another important decision regarding your car insurance. If your car is still relatively new, keeping full coverage may be a great idea. However, you can always reduce coverage to liability if the car’s older to significantly reduce your monthly insurance bill.
As a general rule, if your yearly car insurance payments are more than 10% of the value of the car, switching to just liability coverage might be the better move. If you decide to switch your car insurance, make sure to shop around for the best deal.
Download the Jerry app to find the best rates. A licensed broker that offers end-to-end support, the Jerry app gathers affordable quotes, helps you switch plans, and will even help you cancel your old policy.
Eric Schad
Answered on Dec 03, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.
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