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Auto Loan vs. Home Equity Loan

Home equity loans often have lower interest rates than auto loans and the interest may be tax deductible. Two good reasons to take a look at home equity loans to finance your automobile purchase.

Auto Loan Purchase
Purchase price (before tax):
Term in months:
Auto loan interest rate (APR):
Cash down:
Sales tax rate:
Trade allowance:
Amount owed on trade:
Home Equity Loan
Home equity interest rate (APR):
Home equity closing costs:
Federal tax rate:
State tax rate:
If no sales tax deduction for trade-in: Check here


Purchase price
The amount, before taxes and fees, that you are paying for this auto.

Number of months for the auto loan.

Auto loan interest rate (APR)
Annual percentage rate for the auto loan.

Cash down
This is the money you have available to be used for fees and your down payment.

Fee charged for title transfer. Also include any other fees that may be due at delivery.

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

Trade allowance
Total dollar amount given to you for your auto trade-in.

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

Home equity interest rate (APR)
Annual percentage rate for the home equity loan.

Home equity closing costs
Any additional costs to the home equity loan. This should include any appraiser fees, points paid or other miscellaneous fees.

State and Federal tax rates
Your state and federal marginal income tax rates. These rates are used to determine the tax savings associated with a home equity loan.

No sales tax deduction for trade-in
If you live in a state where your sales tax is calculated on your full purchase price, check this box. If this box is unchecked, sales tax is calculated on the purchase price less trade in. Currently California, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan allow no deductions for trade-ins when calculating sales tax. In addition, Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon have no sales tax on autos.

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