I am self employed, can I still get car finance?

Self-employed lady wants to know if she can get car finance

Well, if you're self employed and looking for car finance, the short and positive answer is ‘yes’! The key thing will be proving your income, along with the usual checks on your credit score. We take you through the ins and outs of getting car finance as a self employed person. What's more, you'll get all the information you need to make your car buying journey as easy as possible.

Proof of income when self employed

The first thing that finance lenders will be looking for is proof of steady and regular income. Dependent on your credit score, the lender will probably want to see proof of income on paper. The reason for this is to assess your credit criteria and your ability to keep up with monthly repayments.

To work out your average income, lenders will usually total your income in the last three month’s bank statements and divide it by three. This then allows them to get a credit limit based on your proof of income. This can vary slightly if you have a lower credit score. In this case, you may be required to produce in excess of three months’ worth of bank statements or payslips to prove your income.

Monies that are authorised by lenders must be from a UK bank account in yours, or your spouse or partner’s name. Cash-in-hand cannot be used as proof of income. If the bank account is in your spouse or partner’s name, they will also need to be added to the finance application. Most finance companies will also not accept tax returns as proof of income.

Employment and address history

The lender will need to see a minimum of three year’s employment history, three year’s address history, and you’ll need to have been a UK resident for a minimum of five years.

Lenders are looking for evidence of stability in employment and address history – the longer you have been at your current job and address, the better.

Applying as a business

If you’re applying on behalf of your business, there are many things you need to take into account. Firstly, your business will need to have been registered and trading for a minimum of two years. Usually, lenders will take your net profit as financial reassurance. In addition, most will require it to be at least double the amount of the money you are looking to borrow.

When applying as a business, you’ll also need to decide whether the car being financed will be for business use. Where the business use of the car would be deemed excessive or abnormal, your application may be rejected by lenders.

As an example, some finance lenders won’t finance a car for self employed taxi drivers. This is because taxi drivers will be using the car much more frequently and adding more mileage than normal. This affects the car’s value more than if they were just using it for everyday driving.

What should I do if I’m struggling to show proof of income?

Focus on making sure that your credit profile is as strong as possible. We recommend ensuring you’re on the Electoral Roll. This improves your credit profile and proves your identity through a government-run system. In turn, this reassures lenders that they are not at risk from fraud or identity theft. There are also many other ways to improve your credit score.

If your credit rating is good and you can afford to, putting down a deposit is a good idea. Where possible, try to put as much money towards the car as possible for your circumstances. This helps to share the risk of the loan with the lender and give them further reassurance to approve your application.

Finally, consider using a guarantor or submitting a joint application. This lowers the risk for the lender and can increase your chances of getting accepted. However, please be sure you have a full understanding of your responsibilities when taking this route.

Additional information

Essentially, the more information the lender has on you, the more security they have. This can greatly improve the chances of them approving your car finance application. However, make sure that you are as honest as possible. You shouldn’t attempt to overstate your income. You may hope to increase your chances of being approved or get you a better rate. The downside is that finance lenders may see this as fraud, which could have serious implications.

Going self employed is many people’s dream – working for yourself means being responsible for your own success and directly reaping the rewards of your hard work. Driven by changes in the economic climate and helped along by the digital revolution, figures show that self-employment in the UK has increased in popularity. By the end of 2019, there were £5 million self employed people in the UK, up from £3.2 million in 2000. We want to help anybody that’s self employed to get car finance.

So, don’t lose heart if you’re self employed and want a car loan. Be assured that there are many different ways to obtain car finance. We hope our advice has been useful but if you need any more information about self employed car finance, we’re here to help!

Representative APR 8.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • 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

Good

  • 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

Fair

  • 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

Poor

  • 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

Bad

  • 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
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score*

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 8.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 8.86%, 47 monthly payments of £184.94 followed by 1 payment of £194.94 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £1,387.12, total amount payable is £8,887.12.

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.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

What paperwork do I need to get a car on finance?

Woman signing her car finance paperwork

Applying for something finance-related can be daunting for anyone – finding all the paperwork and information that’s otherwise tucked away in a drawer or cupboard can be an overwhelming task. So, here at My Car Credit, we try to make it as easy and straight forward as possible. As with any other kind of finance application, car finance does require a lot of paperwork, but don’t worry because we are here to assist you with that – every step of the way. Here’s a breakdown of all the paperwork and information you’re going to need when applying for car finance with us.

Before the paperwork

We like to start your car buying journey on the right foot, which is why we only require you to complete a simple online application form to begin your car finance journey. This usually takes less than three minutes and asks you for some simple information such as your full name, date of birth, marital status, residential status and your address history for the last three or so years.

Once this has been completed and you have received your online decision on-screen (as well as by email and text), your personal Car Credit Specialist will be in touch to guide you through the whole of your car-buying journey.

To be able to help you with this, your Car Credit Specialist will require some initial paperwork from you.

Driving licence

Your driving licence will be required regardless of any other circumstances.

We need a clear, scanned picture of your driving licence. Alternatively, you can post it to us – don’t worry, we will keep this safe for you and will return it once we are happy that it is your own driving license and that you are qualified to drive the car that you are looking to buy.

Your driving license also acts as proof that you will be the owner and registered keeper of your new car.

A selfie

In order to prove that you are who you say you are in your application, we may ask you to provide a selfie of you holding your own driving license.

With the rise of technology, we have chosen this as a convenient way for you to prove your identity and a good way for us to be protected against fraud.

Proof of employment and earnings

My Car Credit require information on your employment and earnings, so that we can treat you fairly, as a person and a customer. We need to be able to see that you can manage your finances and can afford the agreement you are looking to take out – this is known as an ‘affordability check’. Essentially, we do this to make sure you are protected from getting into any financial difficulty in the future.

To begin your affordability check, we will need you to provide the names and addresses of all of your employers for at least the last three years (sometimes longer if you have frequently changed jobs, or have gaps in your employment history).

You may also be required to prove your earnings, which will require you to send us copies of your payslips, usually accounting for the last three to six months’ wages. This is a simple safety precaution to make sure that your wages are being paid to you.

We might ask you to provide bank statements dating back for a certain period to show your income. If most of your income is cash and doesn’t show up in your bank statements, you may need to show other information to back up your income claims (such as tax return information).

Alternatively, for your convenience, we may ask you take a clear photograph/clear scanned copy and email them to us. However, the copies must be clear enough for us to be able to read all of the details on them.

Bank account details

We will also need the bank account details for the account you will be using for your monthly payments. You will need to provide us with the branch’s address and sort code, as well as your account number.

The account usually needs to be in your name (or jointly in your name). Again, if you have less than three years with your current bank, you will probably need to provide previous bank details.

Where you have a joint bank account with a spouse, we may also need some financial information from them.

Additional information

If there are issues with any of your documentation, your personal Car Credit Specialist will advise you (and in some cases, require you) to give extra information to us. This isn’t uncommon and it’s certainly nothing to worry about.

The requirement for additional information can result from a number of circumstances. It can occur because you have recently moved to the UK and are therefore unable to provide three years residence information. In this case, you may be asked for overseas checks. Alternatively, younger drivers that may not have the relevant employment or credit history, might be asked to submit a guarantor’s information as well as their own.

There are a number of circumstances that may require the submission of additional information, and this should not be seen as a negative sign for your car finance. We only ask for this information to make sure we get the best finance deal for you, and to improve your chances of being accepted.
It is also important to take note that the types of paperwork we will require can differ depending on your credit profile and the lender we are able to match you with.

Here at My Car Credit, we want you to be in your new car as soon as possible so we are trained to help and advise you. Get in touch with any questions or why not start your car buying journey now and click here to apply with My Car Credit?

Representative APR 8.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • 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

Good

  • 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

Fair

  • 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

Poor

  • 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

Bad

  • 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
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score*

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 8.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 8.86%, 47 monthly payments of £184.94 followed by 1 payment of £194.94 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £1,387.12, total amount payable is £8,887.12.

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.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!