## How much car can I afford based on monthly payment?

Financial experts answer this question by using a simple rule of thumb: Car buyers should spend no more than 10% of their take-home pay on a car loan payment and no more than 20% for total car expenses, which also includes things like gas, insurance, repairs and maintenance.

## How much car can I afford based on my salary?

Rules of Thumb. The general rule of thumb is that you should not spend more than 20% of your monthly take-home pay on cars, according to Edmunds.com (via Bankrate). So if your after-tax monthly income is $4,000, your total cost of car ownership for ALL of the cars you own should not exceed $800 under this rule.

## How much should I spend on a car if I make 60000?

Most financial experts agree that your car expenses (monthly payment, insurance, fuel, taxes, routine maintenance and so forth) should be no more than 15 to 20% of your net income. In our $3,300 example that works out to a maximum of $500 to $660 per month.

## How much should I spend on a car if I make 50000?

Expert estimates range broadly. Greg McBride, a senior financial analyst at Bankrate.com, advises that a car payment should equal no more than 15 percent of your pretax monthly pay. That means that if you make $50,000 a year, your monthly car payment could be as much as $625. But for many of us, it should be lower.