Secured Car Loans
What is a secured car loan?
A secured car loan is also known as a consumer car loan. This type of loan is a common way to finance a vehicle purchase when working for wages. A secured car loan works very much like any ordinary loan. That is, the funds are used to purchase a car and then you pay off the loan by making regular repayments over a set time frame.
What makes it ‘secured’, is the fact that you back up the loan with an asset, usually the car itself. This means that if for some reasons you cannot make your car loan repayments, the car would be repossessed by the lender and sold to repay the loan. Having the loan secured gives the lender more confidence when providing you with car finance.
What are the benefits of a secured car loan?
There are many advantages to taking out a secured car loan.
Lower interest rates – Because a secured car loan is less risky for the lender, they usually offer reduced interest rates on the loan. This results in a lower cost to you in the long run.
Fixed interest rates – The interest rates and loan repayments are fixed for the term of the loan. This makes it easier for you to plan your budget without worrying about unpredictable, changing rates. Repayments can be set up to be weekly, fortnightly or monthly depending on your circumstances. For example, if you are paid fortnightly we set up the direct debit payments to come out a day or two after your payday.
Cover – Up to 100 per cent of the buy price, accessories and insurance can be covered under finance. This means you might not need a deposit and can hit the ground running without needing cash on hand.
Ownership – The moment the purchase goes through, the new vehicle is yours. This means even as you pay it off, you’ll have it to drive around and use to your heart’s content. It will stay yours for as long as you can make the repayments. Also, because the car is yours, you can sell it at any time – even if you haven’t finished paying for it yet. The sale proceeds are used to clear the debt.
Pay off at any time – Get a pay rise? Or come across some extra money? Unlike many other types of loans, a secured car loan can be paid off early. And the sooner your loan is paid off, the cheaper it is for you.
What are the potential disadvantages?
There are certain disadvantages you should be aware of before taking out a secured car loan:
Impulse buy – As a secured car loan can help finance the entirety of your purchase, the borrower won’t feel the pinch of the buy immediately. Without having to put down a deposit, it’s easy for someone to make an impulse decision without taking into account other variables. If something unexpected happens to the borrower like a loss of job or a rise in expenses, the repayments could be tricky to manage.
Losing your car – On the rare occasion you can’t make the repayments, the vehicle will be sold off to pay off the debt. If the asset’s sale isn’t enough to cover the remaining loan, the borrower will have to fork out the rest. This is something to keep in mind before choosing a secured car loan.
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Loan protection insurance is a cover that protects you from both of the possible scenarios above. Talk to one of our friendly team to learn how to avoid the unexpected.
How much will a secured car loan cost me?
Think you might be interested, but your not sure whether you’ll be able to make the repayments? It’s always good to have a look at the hard numbers. Our easy-to-use car loan calculator is a great tool to examine your options and see how much it’ll cost to get car finance. Just enter how much you think you’ll need, how long you want to take to pay it off and an interest rate.
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Feel like you’re ready to sign up or do have you more questions regarding a secured car loan? Then we are here to help. Our team of friendly, knowledgeable car loan specialists are ready to give you a hand. Call today on (07) 5493 1222.
You can also apply for a pre-approved loan. This option allows you to know your finances are approved and fit into your budget before you start shopping around.
Once you have your new car, you’ll want to make sure its protected. AAA Finance provides a wide range of insurance products. Options include car comprehensive insurance, tyre and rim insurance, loan protection insurance, as well as extended warranties.
If you are after a step by step guide to buying a used car check out the Choice Used Car Buying Guide.