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NerdWallet recommends spending **no more than 10% of your take-home pay** on your monthly auto loan payment. So if your after-tax pay each month is $3,000, you could afford a $300 car payment. It's important to be realistic about how long you can or want to be making this monthly payment.

The average monthly car payment was **$568 for a new vehicle** and $397 for used vehicles in the U.S. during the second quarter of 2020, according to Experian data. The average lease payment was $467 a month in the same period.

When browsing your options, keep in mind that financial experts will typically tell you to spend less than 10% of your monthly take-home pay on your car payment. That means if your take-home pay is $3,000 a month, plan **to spend no more than $300 on your car payment**.

For example, if you want to keep your new car payment to $400 per month, the dealer might easily get your payments within your budget. ... The result is that the car will be **a lot more expensive** in the end. In the example we've given, a car payment of $400 per month for five years (60 months) equates to $24,000.

According to experts, a car payment is too high if the car payment **is more than 30% of your total income**. Remember, the car payment isn't your only car expense! Make sure to consider fuel and maintenance expenses. Make sure your car payment does not exceed 15%-20% of your total income.

How much should you spend on a car? If you're taking out a personal loan to pay for your car, it's a good idea to limit your car payments to between 10% and 15% of your take-home pay. If you take home $4,000 per month, you'd want your car payment to be **no more than $400 to $600**.

A $500 car payment is **about average right now**. The concept of “too much” is going to depend on your income and living expenses, your insurance expense, and other budget factors.

“A typical down payment is usually between 10% and 20% of the total price. On a $12,000 car loan, that would be **between $1,200 and $2,400**. When it comes to the down payment, the more you put down, the better off you will be in the long run because this reduces the amount you will pay for the car in the end.

Experts say your total car expenses, including monthly payments, insurance, gas and maintenance, should be about 20 percent of your take-home monthly pay. ... Then a safe estimate for car expenses is **$800 per month**.

With no **other bills**, you can afford a $40k car with a yearly income of $12,000. But if you do have other bills ( ie wife and children and a mortgage and student loans) then consider your bills and decide if you can afford a new car. In my opinion it would be insane to spend more than 10% of your wealth on a car.

Edmunds data for the same period in 2020 shows an average monthly payment of **$437**, representing a not-insignificant increase of $83 per month. It also shows that the average loan term has increased from 68.1 months to 70 months, meaning used car buyers are paying more over longer periods of time.

The biggest mistake when negotiating for a car is to focus on the monthly payments. There's nothing that will make a car salesman salivate more than a "payment buyer" - that's what they call these suckers.

So, theoretically, if your salary is $50,000 you could afford a car payment of $430 or less. With a $100,000 salary, you could afford **a mortgage payment of no more than $2,500**. For those with a salary near $30,000 your home, car, and debt combine should be no more than $1,250 per month.

A $30,000 car, roughly **$600 a month**.

- Talk to the lender. This strategy can be best for when you're having temporary trouble making payments. ...
- Refinance. ...
- Sell the car yourself (and buy a cheaper one) ...
- Trade it in to a dealership. ...
- Lease a car. ...
- Lower your amount financed. ...
- Shop for a low APR. ...
- Get a longer loan term.

a car pyament should be no more than 10% of your take home pay. So unless you're taking home more than $4500/mo, **$450 is too much for a car payment**.

If you are buying an expensive car and you **can afford the payments that's normal**. But if your buying a cheaper vehicle then yes that would be pretty high payments.

Your monthly car payment serves **to pay down the loan's principal, as well as interest and fees**. The higher your interest rate, the higher your monthly payment will be. ... If you're carrying too much debt, the lender may decide to charge you a higher interest rate (or require a shorter loan term or a larger down payment).

The bottom line is this: **you can make a down payment as low as $700 if it meets the lender's requirement**, but we suggest putting more money down if possible. If you have your down payment ready to go, but don't have a dealership to work with, we want to help.

“It's actually a split, but in most cases, **dealers will gladly take your money**. Without getting into the jargon behind it, the time value of money states that money in hand now is worth more than in the future due to inflation. Therefore, a big down payment will usually cause a salesman's eyes to light up.

A good rule of thumb for a down payment on a new car loan is **20% of the purchase price**. A down payment of 20% or more is a way to avoid being “upside down” on your car loan (owing more on the car than it's worth).

Rather than looking at monthly transportation costs, Dave recommends buying cars that cost no more than 50% of your annual income. So if you make $50,000 a year, you **should not spend more than $25,000** for a car(s).

Ergo, **buying a car is a waste of money**. While it is true that once a car is registered for the first time, it becomes a used car and is worth less money, very few people buy a new car and immediately sell it. If you keep a car for a number of years, the depreciation will even out with time.

When it's time to buy a car, you'll probably want to know: “How much car can I afford?” Financial experts answer this question by using a simple rule of thumb: Car buyers should spend no more than 10% of their take-home pay on a car loan payment and **no more than 20% for total car expenses**, which also includes things ...