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## How much down?

**THE SCENARIO**
I want to buy a car, and after taxes and fees, it's going to cost me $24,978. I can get a loan for the car, with a 5-year term and a 4.3% interest rate. I've figured out that I can afford a car payment of $369 per month.
**The question:** How much does my down payment need to be if I want to buy the car?

**THE SOLUTION**
This one has two parts.
**Part 1: The loan**
First things first, make sure the calculator is using 12 Payments per Year.
N: 60 (The car loan is a 5-year loan)
I/YR: 4.3 (The car loan has a 4.3% interest rate)
PV: (This is what I'm trying to find)
PMT: -369 (I can afford $369 per month for a car payment)
FV: 0 (At the end of the loan, the car will be paid off)
**Part 2: Finding my down payment**

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- Find out the maximum amount I can borrow
- Find out how much I'll have to put down by subtracting the loan amount from the total cost of the car

The most I can afford to borrow at these terms is **$19,889.81**.

The bank will lend me $19,889.81, and the car will cost me $24,978.00, so I'll need to make up the difference, which is $24,978.00 - $19,889.81 = **$5,088.19**.

What do you think? Should I drop $5K now and pay $369 per month for the next 5 years so I can have a new car? Should I look for a cheaper car? Or should I put even more down so I can have a lower monthly payment? What would you do? Let us know in the comments!