According to this rule, when buying a car, you should put down at least 20%, you should finance the car for no more than 4 years, and you should keep your monthly car payment (including your principal, interest, insurance, and other expenses) at or below 10% of your gross (i.e. pre-tax) monthly income.

## What percentage of salary should go to car?

In general, experts recommend spending **10%–15% of your income** on transportation, including car payment, insurance, and fuel. For example, if your take-home pay is $4,000 per month, then you should spend $400 to $600 on transportation.

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

How Much Should I Spend on a Car If I Make $60,000 a Year? You should spend **no more than half of your yearly salary** on a car, so if you make $60,000 dollars per year, you should buy a car that costs $30,000 or less.

## How much should I spend on a car if I make $100 000?

It’s simple: Spend **no more than 10% of your gross annual income** on the purchase price of a car.

## Can a car be a good investment?

Your car may be considered an asset because you can sell it for a large amount of money. This can help in emergency situations and may help you to get out from underneath the loan. But **your car is not an investment**. … In the first year, most cars depreciate in value at least $1,500.

## How much car can I afford on 50k salary?

Dave Ramsey takes a balance sheet approach. Rather than looking at monthly transportation costs, Dave recommends buying **cars that cost no more than 50% of your annual income**. So if you make $50,000 a year, you should not spend more than $25,000 for a car(s).

## Why you should never pay cash for a car?

If you tell them you’re paying cash, they **will automatically calculate a lower profit** and thus will be less likely to negotiate a lower price for you. If they think you’re going to be financing, they figure they’ll make a few hundred dollars in extra profit and therefore be more flexible with the price of the car.

## What car can you afford with 120k salary?

You can comfortably afford a car that is roughly half of your salary, maybe even a little more if you have little other debt. So at 120k you can afford a **car up to 60–70k**. Honestly depends on your other expenses. If you live way below your means on everything else, you may even be able to afford a 100k car.

## Is 500 too much for a car payment?

A $500 car payment is **about average right now**. The concept of “too much” is going to depend on your income and living expenses, your insurance expense, and other budget factors.

## Can I afford a 40k car?

You can definitely buy a great car for far less than $40k. With 6 years financing your looking at a payment of around $600 a month depending on what interest rate you get. Add a couple hundred a month more in insurance, so probably $800 then another couple hundred in gas.

## How comfortable can you live on 100K?

So **$100000 could be comfortable**, depending on family, expectations and assets such as a home and vehicle and depending on the source of income (medicaid and social security and even pensions can be risky as can any other assets producing the income). 100K can make you comfortable but not rich.

## What can I afford making 100K a year?

One rule of thumb involves dividing your pretax earnings by 40. This means that if you make $100,000 a year, you should be able to afford **$2,500 per month in rent**. Another rule of thumb is the 30% rule. If you take 30% of $100,000, you will get $30,000.

## What car can I afford with salary?

The rule of thumb among many car-buying experts dictates that your car payment should **total no more than 15% of your monthly net income**, sometimes called your take-home pay (some might stretch this to 20%, but 15% is more conservative and therefore likely to make budgeting even easier).