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Cheap Used Car Finance Options Vary

Apr 20, 2008
With the growth in the internet and the advancement of independent motor loan brokers, consumers are achieving greater success than ever finding cheap used car finance. The ability to save even a few per cent on a car loan can reduce monthly auto payments and save the buyer lots of money in total loan costs. Car values are much better with the significant reduction in loan repayment costs.

Independent brokers have access to the bulk of the lending market, which also means they offer a competitive advantage to consumers. Because of their growth in importance, most lenders are providing loan brokers with their best products and loan rates for buyers of any credit or loan situation. Excellent credit borrowers can find interest rates in the 6 to 8 per cent range in the current competitive, low rate environment. Bad credit finance has greatly improved access to car loans for struggling borrowers. Even borrowers who have faced County Court Judgments, arrears, or delinquency can find lenders who want to work with them.

It is easy for consumers to explore loan options before approaching the car dealer. This makes them better equipped to face high pressure sales tactics common to car dealer financing. Many car dealers attempt to impose their finance plans on car buyers because they provide additional income and an easier way to sell a car quickly. Car buyers have often been trapped in expensive car dealer finance plans because they did not understand their options before shopping for the car. Thankfully, recent attempt to better inform consumers have been working. Various surveys have concluded that the typical buyer pays 1,000-1,500 pounds more in finance costs over the life of a dealer-finance loan, as compared with a lender product.

Cheap used car finance has historically been tougher to find than cheap new car finance. Lenders find it more risky to fund a loan on a vehicle when they have less information about the vehicle's history. Motor loans are secured by the vehicle. Thus, lenders want to know what they get if repossession becomes necessary. Thanks to loan brokers, competition for motor loan business has heated up so much that used cheap used car finance products are as available as cheap new car products. This has empowered buyers in their ability to get great values from used car purchases.

There are many great benefits to cheap used car finance. Lower rates can save consumers cash each month in the way of lower monthly payments. It can also greatly reduce total costs of financing over the life of the loan. Both of these make any used car deal a better deal. Typical loan repayment periods range from 36 to 72 months. Longer payment periods lead to lower monthly payments. Shorter monthly payment periods lead to higher monthly payments, but reduce the total time required to repay the debt obligation. Consumers need to get information and explore their loan options with brokers ahead of their car buy in order to get the best deal possible.
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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