Does paying off my car loan early avoid interest?

I’m always looking to save extra money and I just agreed to a new car loan. Can I save money by paying it off early?

Answer
Yes! Paying off your car loan early can certainly help you minimize the amount of interest you’ll be charged. Depending on the length of the loan and your interest rate, you could save hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
If you’re able to pay the loan off early without compromising your financial health, try doubling up on payments, paying in lump sums, or making large quarterly payments. However, do not pay off your loan early if the lender charges prepayment penalties.
Often slotted between 2% and 4% of the value of the vehicle, these pesky charges will cancel out any benefit you might get from making your payments early. Lenders may put prepayment penalties in place to avoid losing income from interest.
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Eric Schad
Answered on Oct 21, 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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