How to use the Loan Calculator

A Calculator is a quick and easy way to understand how to calculate interest rates of loans based on payment plans, Interest and total balance. The final number is the estimated monthly payments you will make over the loan term so that the loan is paid off in full.

To find out the total amount of pounds that you will have paid in total by the time the loan is paid off, you multiply the monthly payments by the total months of the loan (loan term years x 12). To use a loan calculator , you plug in the following numbers:

• How Much? (Loan Balance)
• How Long? (Loan Term)
• Credit Rating (Estimated Interest Rate)


How Much/Loan Balance
This is the amount you are expecting to borrow, or the amount you have leftover on a loan if you are calculating the interest rate of the remaining balance. This number is completely up to you, and it provides you with a way to find out how much you can afford to borrow based on the monthly payments you can afford as well.

How Long/Loan Term
This is how long you want to take to pay back the loan. Some loans have limited choices, but many lenders offer multiple payment plans for borrowers. The longer you take to pay it off, the more interest you are charged over time, but the lower the monthly payments. So there is often a trade off depending on your particular budget.

Credit Rating/Estimated Interest Rate
This is where you either estimated what your credit score is and, thus, what your interest rate will be. Most interest rates are based entirely on your credit score. Since scores range anywhere from 350-850, with 850 being the best, and you have a credit score of 700 you can assume you will be close to the "Good" rating, but not directly on the edge so your interest rate will not be the exact minimum.
Also, if you know what your interest rate is but not your credit score, you can get an idea of what your credit score is by where your interest rate falls on the scale.

Calculating Total Interest
Sometimes you will want to calculate how much interest you will have paid in full over the course of your loan. If you already have the balance, loan terms and interest rate (and any of these can be estimated if you are simply curious), you see what the calculated monthly payment is and multiple that times the amount of months of your loan. This is the estimated loan term, with years multiplied by 12 to get the estimated amount of months.

Some credit agencies look at credit scores differently. To get a full quote, click on the "quote" button and fill out information in the boxes to get quotes from over 100 different secured loan lending companies.

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