What are the different ways that a car loan is structured?

I know that interest rates have an impact on how much you pay for a loan, but I'm not exactly sure how it works on the structure of a car loan. Can you explain it?

Your question is definitely an interesting one, so we’ll try to break it down step by step. Loan terms typically range from 24 to 84 months, although longer or shorter terms are available to some borrowers.
The structure of a car loan essentially works like this:
  • You want to buy a car, but you don’t have the money.
  • A lender agrees to let you borrow money based on your income, your credit, and a few other factors.
  • If you get accepted, you pay the borrowed amount of money back over a length of time plus interest.
  • If you don’t pay, the lender has the legal right to take the car and sell it at auction to recoup the money owed.
Car loan interest is calculated as simple interest, meaning that your interest is figured off the remaining principal of the loan.
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Answered on Nov 18, 2021
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