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 Useful Terms when Discussing your Auto Loan

Monthly payment
Monthly payment for your auto financing.

Lease
A contract granting use or occupation of property during a specified period in exchange for a specified rent.

Total purchase price (before tax)
This is the total cost of your auto purchase. Include the cost of the vehicle, any additional options and any destination charges. Don’t include sales tax in this amount. Sales tax will be calculated for you and included in your total after tax price.

Term in months
Number of months for this loan.

Interest rate
Monthly interest rate for this loan.

Rebates and Cash down

Total amount of cash and/or factory rebates used in this purchase. The larger your cash down payment the smaller the loan you will need to finance this purchase.

Trade allowance
The total amount that you are given for any automobile that you trade-in as part of this purchase. In some states a trade-in can also reduce the amount of sales tax you will owe. See the definition for “Sales tax deduction for trade-in” for more information on trade-in vehicles and sales tax.

Amount owed on trade
Total loan balance still outstanding on the trade-in.

Non-taxable fees (optional)
Any additional fee that is not subject to sales tax. This usually includes document fees or any other fees that may be due at delivery and are not taxable.

Taxable fees (optional)
Any additional fee that is subject to sales tax. This usually includes title transfer fees or any other fees that may be due at delivery and are taxable.

Sales tax rate
Sales tax percentage rate charged on this purchase.

 
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