Frequently asked questions
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I have seen dealers offering 0% or 1% p.a. car finance. Can you beat that?
These offers sound great in theory but are they really the deal of the century they are portrayed to be? The short answer is usually “NO”. There are usually a few catches to these low rate offers as follows:
- You normally have to pay the recommended retail price of the car and it is not negotiable. Shopping around or using a new car broker will normally save you thousands of dollars of the retail price, resulting in a lower required loan amount and possibly a lower loan repayment, even with a higher interest rate.
- Lower trade in values are generally offered if you are trading in another vehicle.
- The loan is usually less flexible in respect to the length of the loan term etc.
The interest rate offered by the dealer is lower than your rate. Why should I use your recommended lender?
When it comes to car loans never compare them on the basis of interest rate but instead compare the monthly repayment. You may be quoted a cheap rate but there may be hidden charges added to the loan amount which results in the repayment amount actually being higher. When comparing the repayment amount you need to also ensure that both options have the same loan term and the same residual or balloon payment (if applicable).
What is the most popular type of loan used to finance cars for business purposes?
The most popular loan type these days is the Chattel Mortgage. Please consult your accountant before deciding which type of finance to use.
What is the difference between a car loan and a personal loan?
A car loan is secured by the car being purchased whereas a personal loan is unsecured. Due to car loans being secured they generally offer lower interest rates than personal loans as well as potentially higher loan amounts.
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