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How to Create an Auto Loan / Car Payment Calculator in WordPress

Do you want to create an auto loan or car payment calculator in WordPress?

If you are a car dealership, then a loan payment calculator can help you get more sales. Visitors can also use the calculator to get an estimate for their monthly loan payment, compare offers, and find the best deal on their car purchase.

In this article, we will show you how to easily create an auto loan car payment calculator for your WordPress website.

Creating Auto Loan Car Payment Calculator in WordPress

What is a Car / Auto Loan Payment Calculator?

A car or auto loan payment calculator allows users to get estimates for a monthly loan payment, check amortization schedule, and calculate the total cost of a loan.

It allows visitors to easily perform a complete auto loan calculation with an account of sales tax, dealer fees, trade-in value, interest rate, length of the loan, and more.

An auto loan payment calculator is especially useful for car dealership websites and auto loan financing businesses.

Adding a loan calculator on your WordPress website helps both you and the people who visit your site. It allows visitors to type in their information and see the different financing plans available, so they can easily find the plan that best suits their budget.

This can increase engagement and reduce your bounce rate because customers can calculate their automobile loan without leaving your site. This will send positive signals to the search engines which can improve your rankings and drive more customers to your website.

With that being said, let’s see how you can add a car or auto loan payment calculator to your WordPress blog or website.

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Step 1: Install Formidable Forms on Your WordPress Site

In the past, creating an auto loan car payment calculator would require you to program complex mathematical calculations or hire a WordPress developer.

Luckily it’s now possible to build an auto loan calculator without writing any code using Formidable Forms. This popular WordPress contact form plugin offers an all-in-one form builder plus ready-made templates.

Formidable Forms Advanced WordPress form plugin

Formidable Forms also comes with a powerful car payment calculator template that lets you build an auto loan calculator with just a few clicks.

The car payment calculator template has the loan calculation formula already set up, so you don’t need to program any complex mathematical equations or use additional plugins.

Note: To use the car payment feature, you’ll need to buy a Formidable Forms Business plan.

First thing you need to do is to install and activate the Formidable Forms plugin. For detailed instructions, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you will see a notification asking for a license key.

Add Your Formidable Forms Pro License Key

Clicking on the link will take you to the Global Settings page.

Here, you can click on ‘Connect an Account’ and follow the instructions to connect WordPress to your Formidable Forms account.

Connecting WordPress to your Formidable Forms account

Another option is to select ‘Click to enter a license key manually’ and then paste your license key into the field.

You’ll find the license key by logging into your account on the Formidable Forms website.

Adding a license key to the Formidable Forms plugin

After entering this information, click on ‘Save License.’

Step 2: Build an Auto Loan and Car Payment Calculator in WordPress

Now that you have successfully set up Formidable Forms, you’re ready to build a car payment calculator form.

To start, simply go to Formidable » Forms and then click on ‘Add New.’

Add New Formidable Form

This opens a popup showing all of the plugin’s pre-made templates.

You’ll find the Car Payment Calculator template by clicking on the ‘Calculator’ section.

Formidable Forms' template library

To preview how the form will look on your site, just hover your mouse over the ‘Car Payment Calculator’ template.

Then, click on the little button that looks like an eye.

Previewing a Formidable Forms template

Formidable Forms will now show an interactive preview of the template.

To build a form using the car payment calculator template, simply click on the ‘Use this template’ button.

Selecting the car loan payment template

After that, type a title into the ‘Form Name’ field. This is just for your reference so you can use anything you want.

Next, click on the ‘Create’ button.

Creating a car payment calculator in WordPress

This will open the template in the Formidable Forms editor.

At this point you may want to customize the form to match your needs.

Car Payment Calculator Form Builder in WordPress

To change a field’s label, default value, or placeholder text, simply click on that field.

You can then use the ‘Field Options’ settings in the left-hand menu.

Customize Your Car Payment Calculator

However, if you customize the ‘Loan Calculation’ or ‘Monthly Payment’ fields, then you should be careful with all of the ‘Advanced’ settings.

These include the mathematical calculation formula, so changing the ‘Advanced’ settings could possibly break the entire form.

Auto Loan Calculator Form Advanced Fields

Once you’ve finished customizing the fields, you can review the form’s settings by clicking on the ‘Settings’ tab.

First, you will see the ‘General’ tab. Here you can change the form’s title and description.

Car Payment Calculator Form General Settings

You can also change what will happen when a visitor submits the form. By default, Formidable Forms will show a standard message.

You can change the message by scrolling to the ‘Messages’ section and typing some new text into the ‘On Submit’ box.

Changing the form confirmation message for the car loan payment form

If you prefer, then you can redirect visitors to a page after submitting the form. For example, you might create a custom ‘thank you’ page using a drag and drop WordPress page builder such as SeedProd.

To set up a redirect, open the ‘On Submit’ dropdown and choose ‘Redirect to URL.’ You can then enter the URL in the field next to the dropdown.

How to redirect to a URL following form submission

Next, you can change what will happen every time someone submits the form, by clicking on ‘Actions & Notifications.’

You will see that ‘Email Notification’ is enabled by default.

Changing the actions and triggers for the car loan payment form

If you click to expand this section, then you’ll see that Formidable Forms will send an email to your WordPress admin.

You can add more email addresses or change any of the text included in the email.

Customizing the email notification in Formidable Forms

If you want to add more actions, then simply select any of the options at the top of the page. For example, you can automatically add the visitor to your Constant Contact or Activecampaign email list.

There are more tabs and settings in the left-hand menu that you may want to look at, but this is enough to create a car payment calculator.

When you’re happy with how the form is set up, click on the ‘Update’ button.

Update Your Car Payment Calculator Form in WordPress

After a few moments, you’ll see a ‘successfully updated’ message.

You can now close the form builder.

Car Payment Calculator Form Updated

Step 3: Adding the Car Payment Calculator on Your WordPress Site

Now that you’ve created a car payment calculator, it’s time to add it to your site. Simply create a new page or open an existing page where you want to show the calculator.

You can then click on the ‘+’ icon and type ‘Formidable Forms.’ When the right block appears, give it a click to add it to the page.

Adding the Formidable Forms block in WordPress

After that, you need to open the ‘Select a form’ dropdown and choose the card payment calculator you created earlier.

WordPress will now load the form automatically.

Adding Car Payment Calculator in WordPress Page

You can go ahead and update or publish the page.

Now if you visit your site, you’ll see the car payment calculator live.

Auto Loan Car Payment Calculator in WordPress Site preview

We hope this article helped you learn how to create an auto loan car payment calculator in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on the must have WordPress plugins and best email marketing services for small business.

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