Press info: Car finance provider carfinance247.co.uk slams ‘ambiguous’ reporting

Car buyers looking for finance are being urged not to be misled by a newspaper article and other media where personal loan interest rates are cited from just 6%.

“This is ambiguous” says director of car finance and dealer specialists carfinance247.co.uk, Louis Rix, referring to a recent article* that claims forecourt finance is more expensive than other deals.

“While, as in just about every industry, you may find there are some car dealers charging you over the odds for borrowing, there are companies who do offer fair and transparent interest rates.

“Not only that, but this particular article says that car buyers are turning to forecourt finance despite cheaper deals being available elsewhere and citing alternative loan interest rates of 6% ‘if you have a good credit history’. What they do not say, however, is that you’ll need to meet often very strict criteria. This may include you having an excellent credit record (as opposed to just ‘good’) and, with some lenders, being aged 30 or over (or being a homeowner)**.

“The nature of the economy at the moment means that a good proportion of consumers may not meet the criteria for these personal loans. And should they apply for finance and subsequently get refused, apart from being disappointed, the application will show up on their credit file. This could further negate them getting accepted for borrowing elsewhere, as a rejected application – or several – smacks of financial desperation, which other lenders may be keen to avoid”.

Mr. Rix adds that comparing all the car finance options available before applying for a loan naturally makes sense but that “so-called forecourt finance, and finance arranged by specialists, should not be discounted. The interest rates often headlined by loan companies are indicative only and not every applicant is guaranteed to be offered that rate”.

He explains that using a car finance service such as carfinance247, which accesses more than just one lender, means an applicant’s financial circumstances are matched to the most appropriate lender.

“This means that car buyers get the finance they need - and at a realistic price.”

Mr. Rix says that “being realistic and honest” is part of his company’s ethos. He adds that is why their online loan calculator gives three different approximate rates for weekly loan costs for people looking for finance, based on their credit history. “This gives them a better picture of affordability”.

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*Daily Mail http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-2148604/Drivers-snared-pricey-forecourt-finance-loans.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

**M&S personal loan (based on borrowing £7.500 over 5 years)

Contact:

Louis Rix, Director of carfinance247.co.uk, on: 0845 129 5526 or email: louis.rix@carfinance247.co.uk

About us:

Founded in 2000, carfinance247.co.uk is a privately owned business with offices based in central Manchester. We provide vehicle financing solutions for all financial circumstances such as hire purchase, personal contract purchase, contract hire and other leasing options. No deposit is required and we can supply and deliver any make and model of your choice.

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About us: Founded in 2006 by entrepreneurs Reg and Louis Rix, Carfinance247 is the UK’s leading online car finance brokerage. Carfinance247 help people secure finance on any new or used car regardless of their credit history and once approved, customers are allocated their very own personal finance advisor to guide them through the process. Based in Manchester and employing over 150 people, Carfinance247 simply aims to secure the most appropriate and cost-effective financial deal for its customers from a large panel of well-known financial institutions

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Alternative loan interest rates of 6% are being cited ‘if you have a good credit history’. What they do not say, is that you’ll need to meet often very strict criteria. This may include you having an excellent credit record (as opposed to just ‘good’) and, with some lenders, being aged 30 or over (or being a homeowner)
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The nature of the economy at the moment means that a good proportion of consumers may not meet the criteria for these personal loans. And should they apply for finance and subsequently get refused, apart from being disappointed, the application will show up on their credit file
Louis Rix, Director of carfinance247.co.uk
so-called forecourt finance, and finance arranged by specialists, should not be discounted. The interest rates often headlined by loan companies are indicative only and not every applicant is guaranteed to be offered that rate
Louis Rix, Director of carfinance247.co.uk