How do I find out the payoff amount on a car loan?

I have about 10 months left on my car loan, but I just got a small inheritance and I want to pay it off completely. How can I find out the payoff amount on a car loan?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Paying off your
car loan
early is a great way to save some cash! If you want to get a payoff letter for the car loan, simply contact your lender.
Most lenders allow you to call for a payoff letter while others have this information online. However, you should note these key ideas:
  • Your remaining balance is not the payoff amount because it doesn’t include additional interest. Make sure to obtain a payoff letter and not just the remaining balance.
  • Payoff amounts are good for 10 days after you request them. If you pay off the balance within this time, you shouldn’t have a problem. If you wait longer than 10 days, you will need to request a new payoff letter.
  • Make sure your lender doesn’t have a prepayment penalty. If they do, these fees could offset the reduction in interest payments. Call to make sure.
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