Britain's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced it will ban certain commission models that give car finance dealers an incentive to sell more expensive credit plans to customers.
The move, which takes effect from January 28th, 2021, is expected to save consumers up to £200 on their contract loans, amounting to approximately 6% of their total costs. However, some people could benefit even further, with financial experts estimating an incredible £165 million in annual savings.
For many, including Debt Adviser and Author Sara Williams, the ban has been long overdue. In an interview with the BBC, she said: “The interest rate should reflect the risk that the lender is taking, not how much a car salesman thinks you will pay.”
The problem with the current scheme is painfully visible – the higher the interest rate, the higher the commission, which effectively incentivises dealers to charge fees which are inconsistent with the customer’s credit rating. In their public inquiry, the FCA found that the extensive use of this type of commission encourages dealers to act against the customer’s best interests.
Giving a statement on the ban, the FCA’s Interim Chief Executive, Christopher Woolard, said: “By banning this type of commission, where brokers are rewarded for charging consumers higher rates, we will increase competition and protect consumers”.
He goes on to say: “The FCA will also make changes to the way in which customers are told about the commission they are paying to ensure that they receive more relevant information. These disclosure changes apply to many types of credit brokers and not just those selling motor finance.”
A welcome change
Here at My Car Credit, we welcome the news of a ban on commission-based interest. While some car finance companies have taken advantage of the existing loopholes, we’ve always strived to deliver fairer interest rates to consumers.
We set interest rates on credit score-based pricing, which delivers the best outcome based on the customer’s credit profile rather than linked to commission or profit. In turn, consumers can rest assured they’ll always receive the most favourable deal possible from our large panel of lenders.
What’s more, Evolution Funding, the company behind My Car Credit, has a personal interest in industry transparency. Our CEO, Lee Streets, is the sole representative for motor finance on the FCA Smaller Business Practitioner Panel. Working closely with the regulator, he strives to implement and maintain impeccable practices within the sector.
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Most importantly, we give you an accurate online decision, including your exact rate and monthly payments, based on your details and credit profile. Crucially, we’ll never use a commission-based model to decide your interest rates.
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