Car Loan Calculator

Use this calculator to estimate your monthly car loan payments and understand the total cost of financing a vehicle. Simply enter the price of the vehicle, down payment, trade-in value, sales tax rate, loan term, and interest rate to get started.

About the car loan calculator

A car loan calculator is a practical tool designed to help potential car buyers estimate their monthly payments and overall financial obligations when financing a vehicle. By inputting key details such as the price of the vehicle, interest rate, loan term, sales tax rate, down payment, and trade-in value, users can gain a clear understanding of their payment structure and the total cost of the loan.

Key Features:

  • Price of Vehicle: The base cost of the car.
  • Sales Tax Rate: The applicable sales tax percentage on the vehicle's price.
  • Down Payment: The initial amount paid upfront to reduce the loan amount.
  • Trade-in Value: The value of any vehicle being traded in, which further reduces the loan amount.
  • Loan Term: The duration over which the loan will be repaid, typically measured in months.
  • Interest Rate: The annual percentage rate (APR) charged by the lender, broken down into a monthly rate.


  • Monthly Payment: The amount to be paid each month, calculated using the loan amount, interest rate, and loan term.
  • Sales Tax Amount: The total sales tax to be paid on the vehicle's price.
  • Total Interest Cost: The total interest paid over the life of the loan.
  • Total Loan Payments: The sum of all monthly payments, representing the total cost of the loan including interest.

Using this calculator, prospective buyers can better plan their finances, compare different loan options, and make informed decisions about purchasing a vehicle.