Important disclosure

Car Finance

Shopping for the right car is an exciting adventure, but what happens when you fall in love with a purchase that’s out of your league? You can still claim your prized discovery with car finance.

Using the sliders below, select your desired amount and repayment period and hit “Calculate Repayment” to start browsing through top Australian lenders.

Compare car finance

Use Driva's platform to compare rates and choose the best car loan option for you. Making car financing fast, simple & transparent with Jump Payments.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$400

Minimum loan amount$2,000

Maximum loan amount$100,000

Minimum term1 Year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)4.69%

Car loan comparison rate6.55%

Monthly repayments (approx)$561

Total repayments (approx)$33,713

Total interest repayments (approx)$3,713

Rate typeFixed

Secured or unsecuredSecured

GO TO Driva

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$0.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$0

Repayment scheduleWeekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$0

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredNo

Telephone1300 755 494

Data accurate as of15/06/2020

GO TO Driva

Hide info -

There's nothing quite like the thrill of buying a car, but one of the biggest challenges is finance. Ideally you'll want a car loan that offers flexibility and a low competitive rate, and is easy to apply for.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$399

Minimum loan amount$10,000

Maximum loan amount$100,000

Minimum term1 year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)4.99%

Car loan comparison rate5.69%

Monthly repayments (approx)$566

Total repayments (approx)$33,960

Total interest repayments (approx)$3,960

Rate typeFixed

Secured or unsecuredSecured

GO TO NRMA

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$0.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$0

Repayment scheduleFortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$205 or 2% of outstanding balance (whichever the greater) at the time the final payout is made. Applies in the first three quarters of the original loan term only.

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesNo

SponsoredYes

Telephone1300 732 398

Data accurate as of12/08/2020

GO TO NRMA

Hide info -

A quick and easy, 100% online application. No printing. No paper. No fuss. No monthly account keeping fees, no exit fees and no early repayment fees.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$250

Minimum loan amount$2,001

Maximum loan amount$75,000

Minimum term1 year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)5.50%

Car loan comparison rate5.85%

Monthly repayments (approx)$573

Total repayments (approx)$34,381

Total interest repayments (approx)$4,381

Rate typeFixed

Secured or unsecuredSecured

GO TO OurMoneyMarket

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$35

Repayment scheduleWeekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$0

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$27

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredYes

Telephone1300 990 115

Data accurate as of13/05/2020

GO TO OurMoneyMarket

Hide info -

NRMA used car loans can help you get one step closer to owning your dream pre-loved car.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$399

Minimum loan amount$10,000

Maximum loan amount$100,000

Minimum term1 year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)6.49%

Car loan comparison rate7.19%

Monthly repayments (approx)$586

Total repayments (approx)$35,210

Total interest repayments (approx)$5,210

Rate typeFixed

Secured or unsecuredSecured

GO TO NRMA

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$0.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$0

Repayment scheduleFortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$205 or 2% of outstanding balance (whichever the greater) at the time the final payout is made. Applies in the first three quarters of the original loan term only.

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredYes

Telephone1300 732 398

Data accurate as of12/08/2020

GO TO NRMA

Hide info -

Use Driva's platform to compare rates and choose the best car loan option for you. Making car financing fast, simple & transparent with Jump Payments.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$400

Minimum loan amount$2,000

Maximum loan amount$100,000

Minimum term1 Year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)4.47%

Car loan comparison rate5.28%

Monthly repayments (approx)$558

Total repayments (approx)$33,532

Total interest repayments (approx)$3,532

Rate typeFixed

Secured or unsecuredSecured

GO TO Driva

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$0.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$0

Repayment scheduleWeekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$0

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredNo

Telephone1300 755 494

Data accurate as of15/06/2020

GO TO Driva

Hide info -

There's nothing quite like the thrill of buying a car, but one of the biggest challenges is finance. Ideally you'll want a car loan that offers flexibility and a low competitive rate, and is easy to apply for.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$399

Minimum loan amount$10,000

Maximum loan amount$100,000

Minimum term1 year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)4.99%

Car loan comparison rate5.69%

Monthly repayments (approx)$566

Total repayments (approx)$33,960

Total interest repayments (approx)$3,960

Rate typeFixed

Secured or unsecuredSecured

GO TO NRMA

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$0.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$0

Repayment scheduleFortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$205 or 2% of outstanding balance (whichever the greater) at the time the final payout is made. Applies in the first three quarters of the original loan term only.

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesNo

SponsoredYes

Telephone1300 732 398

Data accurate as of12/08/2020

GO TO NRMA

Hide info -

Use Driva's platform to compare rates and choose the best car loan option for you. Making car financing fast, simple & transparent with Jump Payments.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$400

Minimum loan amount$2,000

Maximum loan amount$100,000

Minimum term1 Year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)5.45%

Car loan comparison rate7.85%

Monthly repayments (approx)$572

Total repayments (approx)$34,340

Total interest repayments (approx)$4,340

Rate typeFixed

Secured or unsecuredSecured

GO TO Driva

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$0.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$0

Repayment scheduleWeekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$0

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredNo

Telephone1300 755 494

Data accurate as of15/06/2020

GO TO Driva

Hide info -

A quick and easy, 100% online application. No printing. No paper. No fuss. No monthly account keeping fees, no exit fees and no early repayment fees.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$250

Minimum loan amount$2,001

Maximum loan amount$75,000

Minimum term1 year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)5.50%

Car loan comparison rate5.85%

Monthly repayments (approx)$573

Total repayments (approx)$34,381

Total interest repayments (approx)$4,381

Rate typeFixed

Secured or unsecuredSecured

GO TO OurMoneyMarket

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$35

Repayment scheduleWeekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$0

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$27

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredYes

Telephone1300 990 115

Data accurate as of13/05/2020

GO TO OurMoneyMarket

Hide info -

NRMA used car loans can help you get one step closer to owning your dream pre-loved car.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$399

Minimum loan amount$10,000

Maximum loan amount$100,000

Minimum term1 year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)6.49%

Car loan comparison rate7.19%

Monthly repayments (approx)$586

Total repayments (approx)$35,210

Total interest repayments (approx)$5,210

Rate typeFixed

Secured or unsecuredSecured

GO TO NRMA

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$0.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$0

Repayment scheduleFortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$205 or 2% of outstanding balance (whichever the greater) at the time the final payout is made. Applies in the first three quarters of the original loan term only.

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredYes

Telephone1300 732 398

Data accurate as of12/08/2020

GO TO NRMA

Hide info -

Use Driva's platform to compare rates and choose the best car loan option for you. Making car financing fast, simple & transparent with Jump Payments.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$400

Minimum loan amount$2,000

Maximum loan amount$100,000

Minimum term1 Year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)7.65%

Car loan comparison rate9.53%

Monthly repayments (approx)$603

Total repayments (approx)$36,196

Total interest repayments (approx)$6,196

Rate typeFixed

Secured or unsecuredUnsecured

GO TO Driva

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$0.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$0

Repayment scheduleWeekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$0

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredNo

Telephone1300 755 494

Data accurate as of15/06/2020

GO TO Driva

Hide info -

Use Driva's platform to compare rates and choose the best car loan option for you. Making car financing fast, simple & transparent with Jump Payments.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$400

Minimum loan amount$2,000

Maximum loan amount$100,000

Minimum term1 Year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)7.65%

Car loan comparison rate10.24%

Monthly repayments (approx)$603

Total repayments (approx)$36,196

Total interest repayments (approx)$6,196

Rate typeFixed

Secured or unsecuredSecured

GO TO Driva

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$0.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$0

Repayment scheduleWeekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$0

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredNo

Telephone1300 755 494

Data accurate as of15/06/2020

GO TO Driva

Hide info -

Looking to buy a caravan for your next family holiday? Start with NRMA car loans and enjoy the freedom and flexibility of owning your own caravan. Check out our NRMA car loan advantage and turn your dream into a reality.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$399

Minimum loan amount$10,000

Maximum loan amount$100,000

Minimum term1 year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)4.99%

Car loan comparison rate5.69%

Monthly repayments (approx)$566

Total repayments (approx)$33,960

Total interest repayments (approx)$3,960

Rate typeFixed

Secured or unsecuredSecured

GO TO NRMA

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$0.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$0

Repayment scheduleFortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$205 or 2% of outstanding balance (whichever the greater) at the time the final payout is made. Applies in the first three quarters of the original loan term only.

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredYes

Telephone1300 732 398

Data accurate as of12/08/2020

GO TO NRMA

Hide info -

At NRMA we have many types of vehicle loans. If you are looking to purchase a new or used motorcycle, you'll be happy to know the NRMA car loan advantage can help you turn your motorbike dream into a reality.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$399

Minimum loan amount$10,000

Maximum loan amount$100,000

Minimum term1 year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)6.49%

Car loan comparison rate7.19%

Monthly repayments (approx)$586

Total repayments (approx)$35,210

Total interest repayments (approx)$5,210

Rate typeFixed

Secured or unsecuredSecured

GO TO NRMA

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$0.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$0

Repayment scheduleFortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$205 or 2% of outstanding balance (whichever the greater) at the time the final payout is made. Applies in the first three quarters of the original loan term only.

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredYes

Telephone1300 732 398

Data accurate as of12/08/2020

GO TO NRMA

Hide info -

An Arab Bank Australia Personal Loan is a great way to purchase the car you want or need now, if you currently don't have the savings or cash to make your purchase.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$200

Minimum loan amount$2,000

Maximum loan amount$500,000

Minimum term0 years

Maximum term5 years

Car loan interest rates (base)11.30%

Car loan comparison rate12.32%

Monthly repayments (approx)$656

Total repayments (approx)$39,406

Total interest repayments (approx)$9,406

Rate typeFixed

Secured or unsecuredSecured

GO TO Arab Bank

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$8.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$0

Repayment scheduleWeekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$250

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredNo

Telephone1800 64 64 84

Data accurate as of13.03.2017

GO TO Arab Bank

Hide info -

Whether you're upgrading your ride or adding to your garage, a NAB Personal Loan gives you a great rate. If you are an existing customer and apply in- store by 2pm, you could walk away with your money that very same day

Overview

Application / establishment fees$150

Minimum loan amount$5,000

Maximum loan amount$55,000

Minimum term1 year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)12.69%

Car loan comparison rate13.56%

Monthly repayments (approx)$677

Total repayments (approx)$40,670

Total interest repayments (approx)$10,670

Rate typeVariable

Secured or unsecuredUnsecured

GO TO NAB

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$10.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$35

Repayment scheduleWeekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$0

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredNo

Telephone13 13 12

Data accurate as of17.09.2017

GO TO NAB

Hide info -

Buy the type of car or vehicle you want with interest rates from 12.99% p.a. (comparison rate 14.06% p.a.)

Overview

Application / establishment fees$195

Minimum loan amount$3,000

Maximum loan amount$80,000

Minimum term1 year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)12.74%

Car loan comparison rate13.81%

Monthly repayments (approx)$678

Total repayments (approx)$40,716

Total interest repayments (approx)$10,716

Rate typeVariable

Secured or unsecuredUnsecured

GO TO Bank of Melbourne

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$12.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$9

Repayment scheduleWeekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$100

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredNo

Telephone1300 100 266

Data accurate as of13.09.2017

GO TO Bank of Melbourne

Hide info -

We have dropped the rate on our 5 and 6 year loan terms.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$150

Minimum loan amount$4,000

Maximum loan amount$50,000

Minimum term1 year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)12.99%

Car loan comparison rate13.86%

Monthly repayments (approx)$682

Total repayments (approx)$40,946

Total interest repayments (approx)$10,946

Rate typeFixed

Secured or unsecuredUnsecured

GO TO Commonwealth Bank

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$10.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$0

Repayment scheduleWeekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$0

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredNo

Telephone13 14 31

Data accurate as of02.04.2017

GO TO Commonwealth Bank

Hide info -

Make your dreams come true with a car loan that offers maximum flexibility. Our Flexi Car Loan is available for the purchase of new and used cars.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$175

Minimum loan amount$5,000

Maximum loan amount$500,000

Minimum term1 year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)13.45%

Car loan comparison rate13.71%

Monthly repayments (approx)$689

Total repayments (approx)$41,371

Total interest repayments (approx)$11,371

Rate typeVariable

Secured or unsecuredSecured

GO TO Beyond Bank

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$0.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$0

Repayment scheduleWeekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$0

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredNo

Telephone1300 236 344

Data accurate as of02.04.2017

GO TO Beyond Bank

Hide info -

Whether you're upgrading your ride or adding to your garage, a NAB Personal Loan gives you a great rate. If you are an existing customer and apply in- store by 2pm, you could walk away with your money that very same day

Overview

Application / establishment fees$150

Minimum loan amount$5,000

Maximum loan amount$55,000

Minimum term1 year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)13.49%

Car loan comparison rate14.36%

Monthly repayments (approx)$690

Total repayments (approx)$41,408

Total interest repayments (approx)$11,408

Rate typeVariable

Secured or unsecuredUnsecured

GO TO NAB

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$10.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$35

Repayment scheduleWeekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$0

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredNo

Telephone13 13 12

Data accurate as of17.09.2017

GO TO NAB

Hide info -

The variable rate personal loan is unsecured.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$195

Minimum loan amount$5,000

Maximum loan amount$100,000

Minimum term1 year

Maximum term7 years

Car loan interest rates (base)13.60%

Car loan comparison rate13.89%

Monthly repayments (approx)$691

Total repayments (approx)$41,510

Total interest repayments (approx)$11,510

Rate typeVariable

Secured or unsecuredUnsecured

GO TO Credit Union SA

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$10

Repayment scheduleWeekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$0

Encumberance/REVVS check feeAt cost

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredNo

Telephone08 8202 7777

Data accurate as of17.07.2017

GO TO Credit Union SA

Hide info -

With all the great features of our new car loan, this loan is designed for used cars over 5 years old.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$100

Minimum loan amount$1,000

Maximum loan amount$500,000

Minimum term1 year

Maximum term5 years

Car loan interest rates (base)13.90%

Car loan comparison rate14.11%

Monthly repayments (approx)$696

Total repayments (approx)$41,789

Total interest repayments (approx)$11,789

Rate typeFixed

Secured or unsecuredSecured

GO TO Macquarie Credit Union

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$0.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$0

Repayment scheduleWeekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$0

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesNo

SponsoredNo

Telephone1300 885 480

Data accurate as of02.04.2017

GO TO Macquarie Credit Union

Hide info -

An Arab Bank Australia Personal Loan is a great way to purchase the car you want or need now, if you currently don't have the savings or cash to make your purchase.

Overview

Application / establishment fees$200

Minimum loan amount$2,000

Maximum loan amount$500,000

Minimum term0 years

Maximum term5 years

Car loan interest rates (base)14.00%

Car loan comparison rate14.99%

Monthly repayments (approx)$698

Total repayments (approx)$41,883

Total interest repayments (approx)$11,883

Rate typeFixed

Secured or unsecuredUnsecured

GO TO Arab Bank

Other Fees & Information

Monthly fee$8.0

Other fees$0

Missed payment fee$0

Repayment scheduleWeekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Early repayments allowedYes

Exit / early repayment fee$0

Encumberance/REVVS check fee$0

For used vehiclesYes

SponsoredNo

Telephone1800 64 64 84

Data accurate as of13.03.2017

GO TO Arab Bank

Hide info -

results per page

BestFind.com.au provides factual information in relation to financial products. While BestFind.com.au attempts to make a wide range of products and providers available, it may not cover all the options available to you. Moreover, we cannot be responsible for changes made to this information by product providers and/or inaccurate information obtained from a product provider. All product information comes from the product provider or publicly available information and to the best of our knowledge is correct at time of publishing. The information published on BestFind.com.au is general in nature only and does not consider your personal objectives, financial situation or particular needs and is not recommending any particular product to you. If you decide to apply for a product you will be dealing directly with that provider and not with BestFind.com.au. BestFind.com.au recommends that you read the relevant PDS or offer documentation before taking up any financial product offer. For more information please see BestFind.com.au's Terms of Use and Services Guide.

Minimum and maximum loan periods vary between 6 months and 10 years. Comparison interest rates vary between 6.55% and 19.07% p.a. Total interest repayments vary between $4,290 and $14,531 over the life of the loan. *Comparison rate is based on an unsecured loan of $30,000 for a term of 5 years. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. These rates can change without further notice. All rates quoted are per annum. For more information regarding fees click on "View fees & additional info +" for each product or contact the provider.

What type of car loan are you looking for?

Compare car finance in Australia

What is car finance?

Car financing involves borrowing money from a lender in order to purchase the vehicle of your choice. Once the lender purchases the car for you, you pay it off at a more comfortable pace. Here are a few features of car finance you need to know:

  • Loan amounts. Typically, you can borrow any amount between $5,000 and $100,000.
  • Loan terms. Loan terms usually range from 12 months up to 10 years.
  • Interest rates. Rates depend on whether the car loan is secured or unsecured. Secured car loans have lower interest rates.
  • Fees and charges. Car loan fees usually include application, monthly service, early repayment, and late repayment fees.

How does car finance work in Australia?

Generally, financing your car purchase involves the following steps:

  • Shopping for your car.
  • Shopping for cheap car finance by comparing rates and other factors.
  • Applying for the loan of your choice.
  • Once approved, you obtain a purchase agreement from the seller.
  • The lender pays the seller.
  • You drive your car while making repayments.

Secured car finance vs. Unsecured car finance

Secured car finance uses the car as collateral. That means the lender can hold on to your new purchase if you fail to repay the loan. Because there’s less risk to the lender, secured car finance offers some of the best car finance rates in Australia.

Unsecured car finance has no collateral requirements, and there’s no risk of having the car repossessed. However, unsecured loans generally come with a higher cost of borrowing to mitigate the risk the lender is taking.

Fixed-rate car finance vs. Variable rate car finance

Fixed-rate car finance has fixed monthly payments because the interest rate will never change for as long as you’re paying off the loan. Variable-rate car finance has monthly payments that fluctuate from time to time to accommodate market ups and downs. A fixed-rate car loan protects you from unexpected increases in your monthly payments.

But, if the market rate falls, you will not be able to benefit from savings on interest. In contrast, a variable rate car loan can boost your savings if market rates drop. However, rates can also increase pushing the total cost of your loan upwards.

New car finance vs. Used car finance

New car finance restricts your purchase to brand-new cars. Depending on the lender, it might also cover cars that are less than a year or two old. Used car finance allows you to purchase second-hand cars, but there’s also a limit placed on the age of the car. Unless the car is classic or vintage, some lenders will not offer finance for car models below a specific year.

Other types of car finance options available in Australia

  • Dealership finance. Some Australian car dealerships offer on-site financing under a buy-here, pay-here arrangement.
  • Chattel mortgage. A specialised finance option for businesses looking to purchase a vehicle for company use. In this arrangement, the purchased vehicle is used as security for the loan.
  • Operating lease. The lender owns the car, and you rent it for an agreed period after which you return it.
  • Commercial hire purchase. The lender buys the car, and you get to use it in exchange for rental payments. When the car is fully paid for, you become the owner.
  • Novated lease. A three-party financing arrangement involving you, your employer and the lender. The car is purchased via your employer who then covers the repayments by making deductions on your salary.
  • Standard car lease. The lender owns the car and hires it out to you. You make monthly rental payments, and at the end of the lease, you can purchase the car, trade it in or return it.

How to compare car finance options when choosing the best loan

Finding a finance solution to drive your dream car requires some due diligence on your part. That means taking advantage of every car loan comparisons tool at your disposal. To begin with, here are a few factors you should consider when shopping around for what’s best for you:

  • Interest rate. Will your car loan interest rate be fixed or variable?
  • Loan fees and charges. Applicable fees can be viewed in our comparison table above, when you click “View fees and additional info.” It’s also a good idea to look at the comparison rate, which is displayed next to the interest rate. The comparison rate is inclusive of the interest rate and all standard loan fees and charges.
  • Repayment flexibility. Typically, a flexible repayment plan allows you to make early or additional repayments without incurring extra fees. It should also allow you to choose weekly, fortnightly, or monthly payments that suit your circumstances.
  • Loan terms and amounts. Find out how much you can responsibly borrow from each lender and the loan term you’re likely to get.
  • Monthly repayments. Our car loan calculator is one of the crucial tools you can use to compare loans. Input your loan amount and term by adjusting the sliders and click calculate to discover your estimated monthly repayments.
  • Unique features. Some loans come with unique features that may be of advantage to you. For instance, you might have a redraw facility that pays back your extra repayments for times you’re strapped for cash. Some lenders also offer pre-approval, which gives you more negotiating power at the car dealership.

Advantages of car loans

  • You enjoy full ownership of the car without having to meet the total, upfront costs of purchasing the car.
  • Car finance typically offers lower interest rates when compared to unsecured personal loans.

Disadvantages of car loans

  • Car finance offers less flexibility than personal loans when it comes to how you’ll use the loan.
  • If your loan option is secured, you may lose the car when you default.

What you need to apply

For general car finance requirements, you’ll need to supply the lender with the following:

  • Proof of identity details – Your ID (you should be at least 18 years old), driver’s licence, and contact details.
  • Financial information – This includes payslips, bank statements, and other documents that contain details about your assets, debts, and other financial commitments.
  • Car details – Relevant documents and any information that facilitates a smooth application process.

How to apply for a car loan

After you have compared the car loan options featured in our comparison table above and made your final decision, go ahead and press the “Go to Site” button. Once you’re through to the lender’s website, the online application process usually involves the following steps:

  • Fill in the online application form.
  • Submit the loan application form together with required documents.
  • Await the lender’s response.
  • If approved, the lender will advise on the next steps.

Popular car loan searches

View all popular car loans searches