Can you pay off a car loan early?

Can you pay off a car loan early? What are the pros and cons? I want to pay my car loan off early, but I'm not sure if it's the right move.

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Eric Schad
Answered on Jul 01, 2021
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“Most lenders allow you to pay off a car loan early.
However, you should be aware that some may charge a prepayment penalty.
Some of these penalties are so stiff that there’s no advantage to paying your loan off early, as the penalty is more than the amount of interest charged.
As far as paying off the new car loan, you can save yourself on interest over the life of the new car loan, provided there are no prepayment penalties.
Conversely, the downside to paying that off is a hit to your savings; but if you can afford it, it’s a smart move.”

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