Once you’ve found the right car and looked into all the associated costs involved in buying it, you should have a good idea of how much you’ll need to pay all up. You then have three main options for financing your new wheels: save, borrow or dealer finance.
Saving for a car
Waiting until you have enough money to buy a car outright takes time, but if you do you won't have to pay any interest once you've bought it.
Having a separate savings account can help you to stay disciplined and motivated with your savings. Our Budget Planner Calculator can help you work out how much you can set aside to save each month, and our Savings Calculator can help you figure out how long it will take to reach your goal.
Borrowing for a car
If you’re buying a car that isn’t more than five years, old you may be able to take out a Secured Car Loan. By using your car as a type of security, you can borrow the funds you need at a lower interest rate than an unsecured loan. You can even get pre-approval for this type of loan, giving you up to 30 days to find the right car within an approved loan amount.
The more you can save before taking out a personal loan the less you’ll have to repay, so it’s a good idea to still put some money away beforehand if possible.
A novated lease is a way you can finance a new or used car and make your repayments from your pre-tax salary with approval from your employer. It can also bundle your vehicle’s expenses into one simple payment. Novated leasing is a form of ‘salary sacrificing’, which effectively reduces your taxable income.
Car dealers often offer finance as a means to buying a car. If you’re considering this option, there are a few things you should ask the dealer:
- 'What's the interest rate?' Compare the rate the dealer may be offering through dealer finance with the comparison interest rate of a personal loan to check you're getting the best one.
- ‘Is there a balloon payment at the end of the loan?’ The loan repayments may seem cheap, until you realise you face an additional large lump sum when your loan term is up.
- ‘Is the price of the car negotiable?’ It often isn’t with dealer finance.