When do you consider a car loan term length to be too long?

I'm not sure what term to get for my car loan since there are several options available. When would a car loan be too long?

The answer to this question depends on the finances of the borrower and condition of the car. A 72-month term has been the norm in recent times, but some loans have terms that are longer and some have terms that are shorter. While the prospect of stretching a loan out for the lowest monthly payment may seem attractive, you should keep in mind that the longer the term is, the higher the interest rate is, and therefore the more you will pay for your car in total.
Also, keep in mind that cars do break down, and they are more likely to break down the older they get. No one wants to be making monthly payments on a broken car. In the end, deciding on an appropriate car loan term length comes down to what your current monthly budget will allow, but the shortest term you can afford would be the best option.
Johnny Puckett
Answered on Mar 18, 2021
Johnny Puckett is a freelance writer and automotive expert. He has contributed content to a number of some of the largest online publications, aftermarket automotive manufacturers’ sites, and automotive informational sites. His experience in the automotive and information fields informs his writing at Jerry. His automotive interests bleed into his free time, where he enjoys modifying his favorite cars and woodworking.

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