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About the Redesign

If you visited this site prior to September 15th, 2018, you've no doubt noticed that I've since launched a complete redesign of the website.

If you're not happy with the new design, I sincerely apologize. I would have preferred to keep the old desktop design, but considering the majority of my site's users are now accessing the site from small-screen, touch-enabled, mobile devices, and considering Google is now penalizing websites for not being mobile/thumb friendly, I was left with no choice but to switch to a responsive, mobile-first design.

The good news is that now that I have combined the three separate versions of the site (mobile, desktop, and ad-free member) into a single design, this will free up a ton of my time for working to make the mobile-optimized calculators more desktop/laptop friendly. In fact, some of the redesigned calculators already offer a desktop-optimized form that becomes visible when you increase the width setting of the calculator (within the "Calculator Preferences" expandable panel).

Thank you in advance for your help and patience as I work to improve the redesign.

-Dan

Calculator Preferences
Automobile Finance Calculator Sign

Automobile Finance Calculator

This calculator will calculate the monthly payment and total purchase costs of buying a new car, which includes accounting for sales tax, trade-in allowance, down payment, and upfront financing costs. Includes a printable loan amortization schedule that denotes periods of being upside down in the loan. The Learn tab includes:

  • What are Upside Down car loans and what causes them?
  • A car buying reality check that could save you a fortune.
Learn More

Selected Data Record:

A Data Record is a set of calculator entries that are stored in your web browser's Local Storage. If a Data Record is currently selected in the "Data" tab, this line will list the name you gave to that data record. If no data record is selected, or you have no entries stored for this calculator, the line will display "None".

DataData recordData recordSelected data record: None
Price:Auto price:Negotiated automobile price:Negotiated automobile price:

Negotiated automobile price:

Enter the final purchase price of the vehicle you are considering buying. Be sure to include the price of all added options.

Sales tax rate:

Enter the total of all applicable sales tax rates (state, local, etc.) Enter as a percentage but without the percent sign (for .07 or 7%, enter 7). Tap the description to place a checkmark in the box if you would like the sales tax included in the amount to be financed (not recommended).

Add UpAdd UpAdd Up FeesAdd Up Fees
Loan admin:
Documentation:
GAP insurance:
Title & registration:
Delivery:
Other:
Total:

Title, transfer, loan fees, etc.:

Enter the total of all other upfront fees that will be due at signing (title, transfer, loan fees, license, etc.). Tap the description to place a checkmark in the box if you would like the upfront fees included in the amount to be financed (not recommended).

If would like the calculator to total up your various upfront fees, tap the plus (+) icon in this row to expand the form so you can enter your individual fees.

Trade-in:Trade-in allow:Trade-in allowance:Trade-in allowance:

Trade-in allowance:

Enter the amount the dealer will be taking off the price of the car in exchange for trading in your previously owned vehicle. If no trade-in will occur, either leave blank or enter a zero.

Down pmt:Down payment:Down payment:Down payment:

Down payment:

Enter the amount of your down payment. The more you can pay down on the vehicle the less you have to pay in finance charges, and the less likely you will find yourself upside down in the car loan (car is worth less than you owe on it). If no down payment will be made, either leave blank or enter a zero.

# of pmts:# of payments:Number of monthly payments:Number of monthly payments:

Number of monthly payments:

Enter the number of monthly payments you plan to make before the automobile loan is paid off.

Loan rate:Interest rate:Interest rate percentage:Interest rate percentage:

Interest rate percentage:

Enter the annual interest rate of the vehicle loan. Enter as a percentage but without the percent sign (for .07 or 7%, enter 7).

Schedule?Incl schedule?Include amortization schedule?Include amortization schedule?

Include amortization schedule?

If you would like the results to include an amortization schedule, select either "Monthly" or "Annual" from the drop-down menu. Otherwise select "None".

Car price:Auto price:Automobile price:Automobile price:

Automobile price:

This is the final purchase price of the car as entered in the top portion of the calculator.

Sale tax :Sales tax :Sales tax :Sales tax :

Sales tax:

Based on the entered price, down payment, and sales tax rate, this is the total amount of the sales tax that will be due at signing. The note in the parenthesis will indicate whether or not the sales tax is included the amount to be financed.

Fees :Upfront fees :Upfront Fees :Upfront Fees :

Upfront Fees:

This is the total of the upfront fees as entered in the top of the calculator. The note in the parenthesis will indicate whether or not the fees are included the amount to be financed.

Trade-in:Trade-in allow:Trade-in allowance:Trade-in allowance:

Trade-in allowance:

This is the trade-in allowance as entered in the top section of the calculator. The trade-in allowance is deducted from the purchase price when figuring the amount to be financed.

Down pmt:Down payment:Down payment:Down payment:

Down payment:

This is the down payment as entered in the top section of the calculator. The down payment is deducted from the purchase price when figuring the amount to be financed.

Finance:Finance amount:Total amount to finance:Total amount to finance:

Total amount to finance:

This is the total price plus any included upfront taxes and/or fees, minus any trade-in allowance and/or down payment.

Interest:Interest cost:Total interest cost:Total interest cost:

Total interest cost:

Based on the amount to be financed, the interest rate, and the number of payments, this is how much interest you will end up paying by the time you make your final payment.

Total pmts:Total of payments:Total of monthly payments:Total of principal and interest payments:

Total of principal and interest payments:

This is the total of all of your monthly payments (principal and interest).

Purchase:Total purchase:Total purchase costs:Total purchase costs:

Total purchase costs:

This is your total cost to purchase the car, which includes the price, interest cost, sales tax, and upfront fees.

Sign cash:Cash at signing:Cash needed at signing:Cash needed at signing:

Cash needed at signing:

This is the total of your down payment and any upfront taxes and/or fees you chose not to include in the amount to be financed.

Payment:Monthly payment:Monthly payment:Monthly principal and interest payment:

Monthly payment:

Based on the amount to be financed, the interest rate, and the number of payments, this is how much your monthly car payment will be.

If you would like to save the current entries to the secure database, tap or click on the Data tab, select "New Data Record", give the data record a name, then tap or click the Save button. To save changes to previously saved entries, simply tap the Save button. Please select and "Clear" any data records you no longer need.

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Help and Tools

Help and Tools:

This section, which you can Unstick or Hide in the Calculator Preferences (just above the top of the calculator), contains the following tabs (content too long to fit within bordered frame can be scrolled up and down):

About: Click this tab for an introduction to the calculator.

Instructions: Click this tab for step-by-step instructions for using the calculator.

Terms: Click this tab for a list of the descriptions that are located within each popup help button (info icons).

PCalc: Click this tab for a handy "pocket" calculator you can use when you need to calculate an entry needed for the calculator.

Data: Click this tab to save a set of entries or a note in between visits. Entries and notes will be stored to your web browser's local storage (if supported by your browser of choice), meaning they can only be recalled with the same device and web browser you were using when you saved them. If you'd like to save entries and notes between devices you can do so by subscribing to the Ad-Free Member Version.

 

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