Is it possible to make principal-only payments on a car loan?

I want to lower my principal to shorten the length of my loan. Is it possible to make principal-only payments on a car loan?

Answer
Yes, you can make principal-only payments on your car loan in most cases. Talk to your lender about the best way to make principal payments on your loan.
A principal-only payment not only shortens the length of the loan, but it can also cut the amount you pay in interest over the life of the loan. However, you should make sure that you don’t have any prepayment penalties on your car loan.
These penalties can often add up over time, so if you’re not careful, you can offset the savings of paying down your principal by paying too many fees. Always ask your lender about this before you decide to blindly throw money at the principal.
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Answered on Nov 23, 2021
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