How do car loans work?

I want to buy a car, but I don't have the cash. My friend told me I should get a car loan, but I have no idea how to do it. How does a car loan work?

Answer
It’s a good idea to know what you’re committing to before making any big financial decisions. Thankfully, car loans are super common and not too complicated to understand.
A car loan is when a lender, such as a bank, provides you with money to purchase a car. Over time, you pay this amount back plus interest, which is how the lender turns a profit. Your car is held as collateral, meaning that if you fail to make payments, the lender can take possession of it.
You’ll have to make monthly payments toward the interest and the principal, or the original amount you owe. Depending on your credit score, income, and the length of the loan, your interest rate could vary from around 2% to over 10%.
Car loans typically last 24 to 84 months. The longer the loan, the less you pay monthly, but the more you pay in interest. Conversely, the shorter the loan, the more you pay per month, but the less you pay in interest.
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Will Baldwin
Answered on Nov 03, 2021
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