Income is just one of the factors that lenders look at when you apply for car finance.
There is no set amount that guarantees you’ll be approved for car finance or that means you’ll be refused. A range of factors are considered when you apply including your credit score, borrowing history, loan type, loan amount, and type of vehicle that you’re looking to finance.
What is affordability?
However, income is important when it comes to affordability. Affordability checks are quickly becoming an important step in the car finance process and part of being a responsible lender. Lenders will look at your monthly income as well as your outgoings to work out your disposable income – that amount you have left over once all your essential bills have been take care of. The more disposable income you have, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to afford a car payment.
Proof of income
Lenders will also ask for proof of income when you apply. Typically, this will be copies of your latest payslips or bank statement, but you might also be invited to use 247 Connect – our open banking service - to confirm your income.
Your income doesn’t have to come from full-time employment either. We work with a panel of lenders and can help find finance for people with variable incomes through being self-employed, an agency or temp worker, retiree, or claiming benefits.
No matter whether your income is low or high, the lenders we work with have finance options available to suit all circumstances. You could have had a CCJ, default or IVA in the past, be looking to refinance an existing loan, or have been refused elsewhere.
And you can choose a vehicle from any reputable dealership. We don’t just find finance for cars either – we can help you find and finance a van, motorhome, motorbike, or caravan too!
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