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Car Loan Provider Should Offer Lending Expertise

Apr 20, 2008
Brits now have wider access to car loan provider products. This is great news to consumers who have consistently over paid for car financing by taking on expensive dealer finance plans. Many car buyers continue to feel a sense of obligation to use the car loans provided by the dealerships. Recent consumer research has intended to show people they have options that should be explored that are less expensive. Several surveys have indicated that the cost of financing through a dealer loan can be as much as 1,000-1,500 pounds more than a loan obtained through the open market.

Part of the attempt to increase consumer awareness is due to greater presence of online loan brokers and motor loan specialists. Independent loan specialists generally have connections to most of the leading lenders in the market, and thus their loan products. Consumers can visit broker web site and find great information and resources to better equip them for car shopping. It is generally better for consumers to approach the car dealer with an idea of what financing options are available to them. This puts buyers in much better position to combat pressure tactics often used by dealers.

Loan brokers usually offer brief questionnaires through their web sites to get some background information on prospects. They use the information to search through their vast network of providers. Once they have performed their search, they can share with consumers what loans and car loan provider options are available to them. Again, consumers can be armed with this product and rate information before looking for a car. Knowing the cost of financing ahead of time gives buyers a better sense of the total costs to purchase a car.

Car loans generally offer repayment periods of 36 to 72 months. Some dealers' offer promotion financing, but borrowers need to be sure to read the fine print of such offers. Many times, up-front promos can lead to more total financing costs that car loan provider options. Car loan interest rates are fairly cheap in the broker network these days as the Bank of England has its base funding rate very low. This is the rate it charges lenders to sell consumer financing. Many lenders pass on some or all of the savings to consumers. Borrowers who make at least a 10 per cent down payment on their motor loan can get event greater rates because of their confidence in investing up-front in the auto. Car loans are secured by the auto which also offers protection to the lender.

When a loan broker matches up a borrower with a car loan provider that meets their requirements, the consumer has likely found their best financing option. Car dealers use financing as a way to make additional profit on the sale of a car. Buyers need to consider the costs to finance when evaluating the total value of the car. With the extra 1,000-1,500 in dealer finance costs, the car may not look like such a great deal.
About the Author
Louis Rix is a Director of NetCars, one of the UK's leading motoring websites. First established in January 2000, its mission is to become the number one site for used car searches. NetCars provide a Car Loan service.
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