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Explanation of Terms

Monthly Payment: When deciding how much car you can afford, you'll want to consider your take-home pay—which is the amount you make each month after taxes and other payroll deductions. Ideally, your monthly car payment shouldn't be more than 10% to 15% of your take-home pay. 

Down Payment: The down payment is the amount you pay up-front for the car. Typically, a larger down payment will mean lower interest rates and reduced monthly payments, which can significantly reduce the overall cost of the car and increase how much car you can afford.

Loan Term: A loan term is the amount of time until your car loan is paid off. Longer terms allow for smaller monthly payments, but they often come with higher interest rates that increase the total amount you end up paying for the car.

Interest Rate: A car loan’s interest rate depends on a few factors. Generally, buyers with high credit scores, large down payments and short term lengths will be eligible for the lowest interest rates.

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Already Have an Auto Loan With Another Lender?

If you didn't finance your auto loan at Navy Federal, now's your chance! Refinance with us and get $200!1

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1Credit and collateral subject to approval. Existing Navy Federal loans are not eligible for this offer. Auto refinance loan must be at least $5,000. Loan must be open for at least 60 days with first scheduled payment made to be eligible for the $200, which will be credited to the primary applicant’s savings account between 61 and 65 days of the loan origination date. Offer may end at any time. Recipient is solely responsible for any personal tax liability arising out of this incentive.

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