People's Choice Credit Union

Discounted Personal Loan (Car Loan)

Advertised Rate

4.65%

Fixed

Comparison Rate*

4.99%

Upfront Fee

$250

Loan amount

$20k to $100k

Real Time Rating™

4.34

/ 5
Repayment

based on $30,000 loan amount for 5 years at 4.99%

Advertised Rate

4.65%

Fixed

Comparison Rate*

4.99%

Upfront Fee

$250

Loan amount

$20k to $100k

Real Time Rating™

4.34

/ 5
Repayment

based on $30,000 loan amount for 5 years at 4.99%

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Interest rates ranked in the best 20%
  • No ongoing fees
  • No early exit penalty
  • Unlimited extra repayments
  • Flexible repayment options
  • Can apply online
  • Can apply in branch
  • Suitable for both new or used car
  • Features on 2020 RateCity Awards
  • Requires security to be held

Features and Fees

People's Choice Credit Union Car Loan Features and Fees

Details

Total repayments

Interest rate type

Fixed

Borrowing range

$20k - $100k

Security type

Secured

Loan term

5 Years

Secured by

Vehicle

Loan type

Is Fully Drawn Advance

Repayment frequency

Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Age of car

2 years

Features

Extra repayments

Yes

Redraw facility

redraw activation fee of $0

Instant approval

Time to funding

Fees

Upfront Fee

$250

Ongoing Fee

$0

Missed Payment Penalty

$25

Early Exit Penalty Fee

$0

Permitted Loan Purposes

New Car

Used Car

Motorcycle

Boat

Application method

Online

Phone

Broker

In branch

Other Benefits

Includes waived Zip account monthly fees. LVR of up to 120% allowed.

Other Restrictions

Available for cars up to 2 years old from year of manufacture (2018). Fixed for 5 years then reverts to a variable rate for remaining term. Minimum redraw amount is $250. Redraws are only available if sufficient extra repayments have been made against the loan account.

Pros and Cons

  • Interest rates ranked in the best 20%
  • No ongoing fees
  • No early exit penalty
  • Unlimited extra repayments
  • Flexible repayment options
  • Can apply online
  • Can apply in branch
  • Suitable for both new or used car
  • Features on 2020 RateCity Awards
  • Requires security to be held

People's Choice Credit Union Car Loan Features and Fees

Details

Total repayments

Interest rate type

Fixed

Borrowing range

$20k - $100k

Security type

Secured

Loan term

5 Years

Secured by

Vehicle

Loan type

Is Fully Drawn Advance

Repayment frequency

Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Age of car

2 years

Features

Extra repayments

Yes

Redraw facility

redraw activation fee of $0

Instant approval

Time to funding

Fees

Upfront Fee

$250

Ongoing Fee

$0

Missed Payment Penalty

$25

Early Exit Penalty Fee

$0

Permitted Loan Purposes

New Car

Used Car

Motorcycle

Boat

Application method

Online

Phone

Broker

In branch

Other Benefits

Includes waived Zip account monthly fees. LVR of up to 120% allowed.

Other Restrictions

Available for cars up to 2 years old from year of manufacture (2018). Fixed for 5 years then reverts to a variable rate for remaining term. Minimum redraw amount is $250. Redraws are only available if sufficient extra repayments have been made against the loan account.

FAQs

What is proof of income?

Before giving you a car loan, lenders will ask for proof of income – documentary evidence that you earn as much as you claim you earn. Lenders will typically want some combination of tax returns, pay slips and bank statements. The reason lenders want proof of income is because they want to be sure you have the means to repay the car loan.

What is dealer finance?

Dealer finance is a car loan organised through a car dealer – as opposed to car loans organised by a finance broker or directly by the lender.

What is CTP insurance?

CTP insurance, also known as compulsory third-party insurance or a green slip, is compulsory if you want to register a vehicle in Australia. If you’re responsible for a car accident, your CTP insurance will be used to pay any compensation due to anyone who might be injured or killed. However, CTP insurance doesn’t cover you for vehicle damage or theft.

What is a credit score?

Your credit score is a number that represents how credit-worthy you are. The higher your credit score, the more credit-worthy you are and the more likely you are to receive loans from credit providers.

There is no industry standard for credit scores – different credit reporting bodies use different methodologies. For example, Equifax gives consumers scores between 0 and 1,200; Illion (through the Credit Simple service) gives scores between 0 and 1,000; and Experian gives scores between 0 and 999.

When it comes to car loans, lenders tend to offer lower interest rates to borrowers with better credit score. There are steps you can take to improve your credit score, including paying bills on time and paying off existing loans.

What is credit history?

Your credit history is a record of the dealings you’ve had with credit providers such as banks, credit card companies, mobile phone companies and internet companies. Your credit history records how successfully you’ve managed your repayments. It also records how many credit applications you’ve made and how many of those were rejected.

Credit providers refer to your credit history when deciding whether or not to extend you credit. Missing repayments is a bad sign; making too many applications or having applications rejected can also be a bad sign.

Credit infringements can remain on your credit history for five years – or seven years for serious infringements.

Can I get a car loan with bad credit?

Yes, you can get a car loan with bad credit, although you’ll probably find the process trickier and dearer than that experienced by people who have good credit histories.

You can find a number of lenders that specialise in bad credit car loans. However, make sure you compare bad credit car loans before you sign on the dotted line, because not all car loans are alike and having bad credit may mean you are more likely to be hit with higher fees and interest rates.

If you have bad credit, it’s important not to take out a car loan unless you can afford the repayments because a default could further damage your credit rating. Conversely, if you make all the repayments and repay the loan successfully, your credit rating might improve.

Do I need good credit to get a car loan?

You don’t need good credit to get a car loan, although the worse your credit history, the harder and more expensive it’s likely to be.

Some lenders will do business only with borrowers who have good credit. However, there are other lenders that are willing to offer car loans to borrowers who don’t have good credit. The catch, though, is that they may charge higher interest rates and fees, and also require more paperwork.

If you don’t have good credit and want a car loan immediately, you can search for lenders that work with bad credit borrowers. If you are able to wait, you can work to improve your credit score and then apply for a car loan once you have good credit.

What is a dealership?

A dealership is a car yard or a place where cars are sold.

What is salary packaging?

Salary packaging is an arrangement you can make with your employer that can allow you to buy a car from your pre-tax salary. The advantage of salary packaging is that it will redue your taxable income.

What is an establishment fee?

Some lenders will charge you an establishment fee, or one-off upfront fee, to cover the cost of setting up your car loan.

What is residual value?

The residual value of a car is how much it will be worth at the end of a lease period. Finance companies need to calculate a car’s residual value before they can know how much to charge during the lease period. For example, if a financier calculates that a $30,000 car will have a residual value of $16,000 at the end of a five-year lease, the financier will know that it must charge $14,000 to break even on the lease – and more to make a profit.

What is a commercial hire purchase?

A commercial hire purchase, or CHP, is an arrangement by which a finance company buys a car on your behalf. You get to borrow the car in return for making regular payments to the financier. Once the final payment is made, you take ownership of the car. 

What is collateral?

Collateral, or security, is an asset you agree to surrender to a lender if you fail to repay a loan. Generally, the collateral for a car loan is the car itself. So if you fail to repay the loan, the lender might seize your car, sell it and then use the proceeds to recover their debt.

What is an upfront fee?

An upfront fee is a one-off fee that many lenders charge when you take out a car loan.

What is a loan-to-value ratio?

The loan-to-value ratio, or LVR, is a percentage that expresses the amount of money owed on the car compared to the value of the car. For example, if you take out a $15,000 loan to buy a $20,000 car, you have a loan-to-value ratio of 75 per cent. Loan-to-value ratios change over time as you pay off your loan and your car depreciates in value. For example, two years later you might now owe $10,000 on your car, which might now be worth $15,000. In that case, although there would still be a $5,000 difference between the size of the outstanding loan and the value of the car, the loan-to-value ratio would now be 67 per cent.

What is a pre-approval?

A pre-approval is a formal document that indicates how much a lender is willing to lend to a consumer – once that person has found the car they want to buy. A lender will assess a borrower’s credit history and financial circumstances before issuing a pre-approval. However, lenders are under no obligation to follow through on pre-approvals, so pre-approvals should be seen as statements of intent rather than rock-solid guarantees.

What is a green slip?

A green slip, also known as compulsory third-party insurance or CTP insurance, is compulsory if you want to register a vehicle in Australia. If you’re responsible for a car accident, your green slip will be used to pay any compensation due to anyone who might be injured or killed. However, a green slip doesn’t cover you for vehicle damage or theft.

What is a balloon payment?

Some lenders will offer borrowers reduced monthly repayments in return for a one-off lump sum – or balloon payment – that the borrower has to pay at the end of the loan. Generally, the total repayments on a loan with a balloon structure will be higher than a loan without.

What is a car loan calculator?

A car loan calculator is an online tool that helps consumers understand how much they would have to repay under different scenarios. Consumers can create these different scenarios by entering different borrowing amounts, interest rates, loan terms and repayment schedules into the car loan calculator.

What is a novated lease?

A novated lease is a car lease that is ‘novated’, or transferred from one party to another. Novated leases are often used when companies provide a car as part of a salary package. The employer signs for the lease and makes the lease payments, but the employee assumes the responsibility of looking after the car. While most car leases involve two parties, novated leases involve three – employer, employee and financier.