Is it a good idea to pay off a car loan early?

How can I tell if I should pay off my car loan early or not? For the past four years, I’ve been living in an apartment and saving up money to buy a house. I want to qualify for a mortgage, but I’m worried the amount of debt I have will prevent me from getting approved. If I pay off my car loan, will that help increase my chances?

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It’s understandable why you are worried about your chances of getting approved for a mortgage. Rest assured that in this situation, it is a good idea to pay off a car loan early so you can lower your debt-to-income ratio.
Debt-to-income ratio (DTI) is a percentage that represents how much of your monthly income goes toward paying off monthly debts. Typically, lenders will approve borrowers who have roughly 43% or less. But lenders prefer if the DTI is 31% or lower.
Paying off your car loan can help lower your DTI since it will be one less debt payment you’re obligated to make every month. Most importantly, having a lower DTI will increase your chances of getting approved for a home loan.
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Phoebe Mah
Answered on Dec 15, 2021
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