While some Brits enjoy a glowing credit score, others aren’t so fortunate. Credit scores can slip for all kinds of reasons, from missed payments on credit cards to lack of financial history. Wondering if you’re eligible for car finance with fair credit? This article is for you. Read on to find out more about car finance with fair credit and what you need to know before finalising an application.

What is considered “fair” credit?

The first step is to understand exactly what “fair” credit means. UK lenders use three major organisations to source credit scores – Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. Each uses a different system to determine credit scores. Here’s a quick overview of what’s considered “fair” by each:

Experian – 721 – 880

Equifax – 380 – 419

TransUnion – 566 – 603

Fair is preceded by rankings of “good” and “excellent”. At the lower end of the scale is “poor”, which is anything below the lowest numbers listed above. 

Why credit scores matter

Credit scores are one of the most useful ways for lenders to evaluate the financial history of potential borrowers and assess overall risk. Experian, Equifax and TransUnion use information like your direct debit history to assess your borrowing patterns and assign an individual credit score. They’ll also look at hiccups like missed payments and multiple credit card applications.

The higher your score, the less risky you’re considered. Applicants with strong credit scores enjoy a suite of benefits, including higher credit limits, lower interest rates and an increased chance of success. However, a lacklustre credit score doesn’t necessarily rule out car finance. You still have options, which is why it’s important to connect with experts who specialise in securing car finance with fair credit.

Can I get car finance with fair credit?

Fair credit doesn’t mean you have to rule out car finance. With the right broker and a strong application, you can still secure auto finance with a less-than-perfect credit score.

What to expect when applying for car finance with fair credit

Applying for car finance with fair credit isn’t always as straightforward as applying with an excellent score but it is possible. Here’s a quick overview of what to expect and consider throughout the process:

Stay realistic

Lenders are far more likely to approve your application if your expectations are realistic. For example, an affordable model like a Hyundai i10 is a much better choice than a luxury car like Land Rover. Similarly, considering buying used instead of new can be a great way to save money and win over lenders.

Be proactive about boosting your score

You can’t go back in time and make that missed credit card payment. But you can boost your credit score by doing things like joining the electoral role.

Apply for car finance with fair credit today

Wondering if you’re eligible for car finance fair credit? Give My Car Credit a call today to discuss how we can help you secure car finance with fair credit, or a lower score.

Rates from 9.9% APR. Representative APR 12.4%

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My Credit Rating


  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed


  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs


  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
  • You may have recently changed address
  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
  • You may have regularly applied for credit


  • You may have had frequent changes in address
  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • You may have exceeded credit card limits
  • You may have missed payments on current agreements
  • You may have had a CCJ in the past


  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • Your credit cards are over their limits
  • You have recent CCJs
  • You may have been refused credit elsewhere
  • You may be in a debt management plan

X monthly repayments of

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable




*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score*

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 12.4%, annual interest rate (fixed) 12.36%, 47 monthly payments of £196.44 followed by 1 payment of £206.44 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £1,939.12, total amount payable is £9,439.12.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Please ensure you can afford the repayments for the duration of the loan before entering into a credit agreement.

*Initial application is a soft search. Should you progress, some lenders may perform a hard search on your credit file.

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