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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 the 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 potential customers. Visitors can simply type in their information and see the different financing plans available. This means they can find the plan that best suits their budget without leaving your website, which will increase engagement and reduce your bounce rate.

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

A car payment calculator form, created using Formidable Forms

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

The first thing you need to do is to install and activate both the Formidable Forms Lite and Formidable Forms premium plugins. The free plugin has limited features, but Formidable Forms Pro uses it as the base for its more advanced features.

For detailed instructions, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin. Upon activation, you can click on the ‘Add your license key now’ notice.

Add Your Formidable Forms Pro License Key

Another option is to go to Formidable » Global Settings in the WordPress dashboard.

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

You can also 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 in to your account on the Formidable Forms website.

Adding a license key to the Formidable Forms plugin

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

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

Now 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.’

How to create a new car loan form in WordPress

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.

The Formidable Forms form templates

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.

The Formidable Forms car payment calculator

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.

Customizing a car payment form in WordPress

If you want to customize the ‘Loan Calculation’ or ‘Monthly Payment’ fields, then be careful not to change the settings under ‘Advanced’ as they include the calculation formula.

If you change these settings, then it might break the entire form.

Changing the settings on an auto loan form in WordPress

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

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

Car Payment Calculator Form General Settings

You can also change what will happen when a visitor submits the form by selecting ‘Actions & Notifications’ in the left-hand menu.

If you click to expand the ‘Confirmation’ section, then you’ll see the message that Formidable Forms shows to visitors by default.

Showing a form confirmation message to visitors

To change this, simply type your own message into the text editor.

You can also use the familiar WordPress tools to add formatting, links, lists, and more.

Adding a form submission message to a car payment calculator

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, click on the ‘Redirect to URL’ tab. You can then type or paste a link into the ‘Redirect URL’ field.

Adding a redirect to an auto loan calculator

By default, the page will open in the same tab.

To change this, simply click to enable the ‘Open in new tab’ toggle.

Redirecting after form submission

Another option is to show content from another WordPress page by selecting the ‘Show Page Content’ tab.

You can then open the ‘Select a Page’ dropdown and choose a page from the list.

Adding an auto loan calculator to WordPress

After that, click to expand the ‘Email Notification’ section.

Here, you can see the message that Formidable Forms will send to your WordPress admin.

Adding an email notification to a car payment calculator

You can add more email addresses, change the body text, add an email subject, and more.

After that, you may want to add more actions that Formidable Forms will perform when a visitor submits the form. To do that, simply scroll to the top of the page and click on any of the actions.

For example, you might automatically add the visitor to your Constant Contact or ActiveCampaign email list.

Adding actions to a car payment form

In this way, Formidable Forms can help grow your email list.

There are more tabs and settings in the left-hand menu that you can 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. After a few moments, you’ll see a ‘successfully updated’ message.

Publishing the car loan payment calculator

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

Now you’ve created a car payment calculator, it’s time to add it to your online store or WordPress website. 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, simply open the ‘Select a form’ dropdown and choose the payment calculator you created earlier.

WordPress will now load the form automatically.

Adding Car Payment Calculator in WordPress Page

To make the calculator live, simply click on the ‘Update’ or ‘Publish’ button.

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

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 how to sell car parts online and our expert picks of the best email marketing services for small businesses.

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