The 4 Mistakes People Make When Buying A Car

There are 4 mistakes people make when buying a car that can cost them a lot of money. Read on to learn all about them.

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The 4 Mistakes People Make When Buying A Car

There are 4 mistakes people make when buying a car that can cost them a lot of money. In this article we outline those 4 mistakes and how you can avoid them.

Mistake #1: Not organising a loan BEFORE you buy a car.

Getting your car loan approved BEFORE you commit to purchasing your vehicle can give you a lot of benefits like:

Locking in your interest rate

Getting a car loan pre-approved will lock in the interest rate for a period of time. This can give you some more certainty if rates are moving.

Knowing how much you can spend

It’s not a great feeling agreeing to purchase a vehicle and then finding you can’t get a loan for the amount you need. That’s why it’s best to get your car loan pre-approved. This will give you the confidence of knowing what your budget is and what you can afford.

Being able to immediately commit

When you find that dream set of wheels you may want to quickly make an offer and seal the deal. If you have your car loan pre-approved you’ll be able to negotiate with confidence knowing your finances are sorted.

Fast settlement

Once you have agreed to purchase your new vehicle having a pre-approved loan will allow you transfer the money and driveaway faster than if you were starting to look for a loan from scratch.

There are some things to be aware of with pre-approved loans. Firstly, the pre-approval is usually valid for a limited time (up to 90 days generally). Secondly, some lenders may not offer pre-approval so it might reduce your options.

We make the process of getting pre-approval fast and easy. Simply complete our application and we’ll go to work checking our panel of up to 35 lenders to find a deal that can save you money.

Mistake #2: Not using an online loan service

The Australian lending market is very competitive so, if you know where to look, it’s possible to find a very competitive car loan for your situation.

But there are two issues.

Firstly, it can be really time-consuming researching over 20 different personal loans.

Secondly, applying for too many personal loans can impact your credit rating. This is because an application direct to a lender will often trigger what’s called a hard credit check.

Hard credit checks are a formal credit inquiry and therefore impact your credit score.

If you apply for a loan with lots of lenders, you run the risk of seriously hurting your credit rating.

That’s why it’s important to use an online loan service. An online loan service can quickly scan the market and find a great deal for your situation – all without hurting your credit score.

When looking for an online loan service make sure they have four things:

  1. Make sure they have at least 20 lenders to choose from. It’s important they provide alternatives for you to choose from so they need a large panel of lenders.
  2. Excellent customer reviews. You want an online loan service that will work in your best interests. Find a broker with lots of 5-star reviews. Read the reviews to get a sense of the business they run.
  3. An easy online process. With the internet and digital technology these days applying for a loan should be fast and hassle free. Make sure they have quick and simple online forms that can be completed in under 10 minutes.
  4. No upfront credit checks. As mentioned above, this is really important. Make sure your online loan service does what’s called a ‘soft’ credit check which doesn’t hurt your credit score.  

At nmoni we have over 20 lenders to choose from, are rated 4.9 on Google from 450+ reviews, have a fast and simple digital application form and we don’t do upfront credit checks to protect your credit score. So apply now and sit back and relax while we do all the work!

Mistake #3: Research, Research, Research

Please, please, please don’t make the mistake of not doing research BEFORE you buy that dream set of wheels. Here is a quick checklist:

What price is it selling for?
If you want to save some money Google the vehicle you are thinking about buying. You’ll quickly discover the prices they are selling for. If it’s a new car you’ll see what sort of discounts are available. If it’s a used car you’ll find the average selling price of a similar vehicle. This can really help ensure you pay a fair price for the car you love.

What is the value of your trade-in?
If you are trading in a vehicle a quick Google will reveal the value of your current vehicle. This is a really important for two reasons. Firstly, knowing the real value of your trade-in will help you work out how much money you need to find to buy your next car. Secondly, knowing your trade-in value will help ensure you get a fair price when you sell it.

Take a test drive
Repeat after me “I will always take a test drive BEFORE I buy a car!”. Sometimes you absolutely love the way a car looks. Unfortunately, you might find that driving it is not as much fun because the suspension is too firm, it’s not as spacious as you thought or even the feel of the steering wheel isn’t quite right. You don’t want to discover these things after you drive away so take that test drive!

Get an inspection of a used car
Used cars can be great value but it’s important not to buy a lemon. Ask if there is some documentation about safety/quality checks or get an independent person to check the vehicle. You could avoid buying a really big headache.

A little bit of research can go a long way to avoid a buying mistake.

Mistake #4: Not checking your credit score

Your credit score can play a major role in not only deciding if you can get a loan, but what rate you might qualify for.

It’s definitely worthwhile to check out your current credit score and look for ways to improve it. It’s really easy to do and an online loan service like us can also help. For further information read some of our great articles like “What is a credit score?” and “How do I improve my credit score?”.

So there you have the 4 mistakes people make when buying a car.

Focus on these avoiding these mistakes and you’ll go a long way to getting a great deal.

If you’d like us to find you a personal or car loan from our panel of over 40 lenders fill in our application form now. It only takes 10 minutes!

Frequently Asked Questions

A credit score is a number generated by credit reporting agencies that provides an indication of your credit worthiness. A credit score is really important as they can significantly affect your ability to get a loan and how much that loan will cost (the interest rate and other chargers).

The exact formula is not disclosed by credit reporting agencies however there are several key factors that they consider like the amount of money you’ve borrowed, the number of loan applications you have made, your repayment history and any defaults, bankruptcies, debt collection agency agreements or short-term credit you have.

Here are 5 ways to improve your credit score: 1. Pay your bills on time, 2. Don’t apply for a loan at multiple lenders, 3. Pay your loans off on time, 4. Check your credit score is accurate, 5. Reduce the amount of credit cards. See our full article for more information "How to improve your credit score".

The higher your credit score the better your chance of getting a loan and the better chance you have of getting a lower interest rate. This is because if you have a really good credit score you are a lower risk to a lender and therefore are a good chance of paying back the loan. Conversely, if you have a lower credit score a lender may classify you as having higher risk and therefore charge a higher interest rate.

In addition to your credit score, other factors like overall banking conduct (such as dishonours and payday loans) can also impact the interest rate you are offered. 

At nmoni we do not perform upfront credit checks. This means that we can review your application and give you a guide as to whether a lender will give you a loan before a credit check is completed. Our process reduces the number of credit checks required and therefore helps you avoid hurting your credit score. Start the process today by completing our fast application.

At nmoni we review your situation and only apply for loans with lenders we believe will approve your application and provide the right rate. This will reduce the impact on your credit score while also saving you a lot of time and hassle.

This is really important as you don’t want to get a loan with a lender that charges high fees and has high exit costs. We only deal with reputable lenders so we can ensure you avoid any of these potential potholes. Also, make sure the lender or broker you use has high Google ratings (we happen to have a 4.9 out of 5 Google rating!).

The good news is that there are lenders who work with clients looking for a car loan with bad credit. Importantly, these lenders often change their lending criteria so it’s important to work with a broker who can help place you with a lender who is more likely to fund your dream car purchase. Please complete our online car loan application and we will check our panel of over 20 lenders to see who can help with your situation.

We take a broader view of your application than just your credit score. We do this by reviewing your overall credit profile to get a clearer picture of your financial position. We do this without performing an upfront credit check (we do a soft check that does not impact your credit score). Importantly, we also provide credit feedback if we cannot assist you with a loan right now. 

Secured loans are amongst the easiest loans to get. That's where you put up something of value in exchange for funding. Car, boat and caravan loans are types of secured loans and means the lender has some security over the loan.

We can review your situation and provide feedback on why you are being declined without hurting your credit score. Apply now and we'll provide you valuable feedback.

There are lenders we work with that specialise in clients with lower credit scores. The best way to find out is to complete our online application and we’ll put our technology and/or one of our credit analysts to work to review your file and provide feedback. We can provide valuable information on your options without affecting your credit rating.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is general in nature and does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. Therefore, you should consider whether the information is appropriate to your circumstance before acting on it, and where appropriate, seek professional advice from a finance professional such as an adviser