How a simple interest contract works

At Chrysler Capital, we like to make life simple, and when you purchase a vehicle, it comes with a simple interest contract.

Understanding how simple interest works can help you to stay on course with your payments, and even save, so watch this short video and read on to discover how.

 

Principal and interest

Two important parts of a simple interest contract are principal and interest.

Principal is the amount of money you borrow to purchase the vehicle, while interest is the charge paid for borrowing that money.

At the start of your contract, the amount of interest you pay is greater because the principal balance is large. As you make payments, the principal balance reduces, along with the interest.

Timing your payments

Simple interest is calculated daily, and when you pay on your due date, you pay exactly the amount of interest agreed upon in your contract.

If you pay late, more interest will have accrued since your last payment so more of the payment will go toward interest.

Pay early, however, and a larger part of the payment will be applied to principal and a smaller part to interest, which may enable you to save and potentially pay off the vehicle quicker.

Here are two ways to save with a simple interest contract.

Set up early payments

Even a single early payment will provide a saving on interest, but consider setting up regular early payments to reduce the amount of interest you pay each month.

Pay some extra

Adding to your monthly payment, or making a lump sum payment, will also pay down your principal balance faster and offer savings on interest.

Simple steps for managing your account

It makes sense to stay on top of your auto contract for a number of reasons. If you’re late with a payment, not only will you pay more in interest but you may also incur a late fee. Consistently paying late can lead to extra payments being added to the end of your contract, or a large final payment.

If you’d like to save on interest, whether by paying early or paying extra, log in to MyAccount where you can easily make payments and update your payment preferences.

Keep in mind that you will always need to have enough cash in your connected bank account for payments to clear. You may want to plan for your expenses, and all of your monthly expenditure, to ensure any adjustments to your payment schedule will work.

Read our “Setting a monthly budget” article to get started, and explore more resources across the Chrysler Capital blog and Learning Center to grow your financial knowledge.