What is the best way for me to pay off a car loan?

Is there a best method for paying off car loans? I just came into a little extra money, and I finally have enough to pay off my car loan. I can't decide if I should do it all at once or in monthly installments.

Congrats on the sudden windfall! There are a few ways to pay your car off early, but your best option will depend on your loan contract.
Some car loans have early payoff penalties to dissuade customers from paying off the loan ahead of time. This is a way for banks to recoup some of the interest they’ll lose when you stop paying them each month. But feel free to pay off the remaining balance if you don’t have a penalty in your contract.
When the credit companies report the car loan paid off, you’ll see a slight dip in your credit. But try not to worry—it’s temporary.
If you are working to rebuild your credit, refinancing your car is a better plan than paying it off all at once. When you refinance, you’ll get lower interest payments with better terms. The monthly installments will give you an opportunity to pay consistently, which would reflect well on your credit score.
For help refinancing your loan, download the Jerryapp. A licensed broker, Jerry is a great resource for comparing loan options from multiple lenders. Our refinance calculator makes it easy for you to find the best lenders at the best rates.
Shannon Martin
Answered on Nov 01, 2021

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