Buying a car is a big investment and according to the latest data, more than 90% of Brits take advantage of finance and leasing options when purchasing a new vehicle. They can be a great way to maximise your budget and unlock access to newer and more desirable models without stretching yourself too thin.

While car financing is a popular alternative to purchasing a car outright, it’s doesn’t have the same ‘quicky and easy’ reputation as applying for a new credit card or taking advantage of ‘buy now, pay later’ services like Klarna, Laybuy and Clearpay.

So why does car financing take so long? Securing car financing can take time as there are some important steps that need to be completed before your application is approved. Below, we take a closer look at the car financing process and why it can sometimes take so long.

Why are applicants carefully vetted?

The average motorist spends around £226 per month on car finance payments, allowing them to get behind the wheel of their dream car without laying down an unrealistically high lump sum. However like any lender, car financing companies want to make sure the benefits outweigh the risks when approving applicants.

To do this they carry out credit checks designed to give them an idea of your borrowing habits. While multinational consumer credit reporting company Experian says there’s no ‘magic number’ that will secure you a loan, a ‘good’ score falls between 881 and 960 while an average score sits somewhere between 721 and 880.

Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) 

The car financing industry is strictly regulated to protect both borrowers and lenders. The Finance & Leasing Association is the industry’s leading trade body and is made up of hundreds of members, including banks, independent financial firms and building societies.

Lenders approved by the FLA are subject to stringent protocols, which can slow down the loan application process but ultimately helps to improve the car loan experience for everyone involved.

Despite the challenges presented by issues such as COVID-19 travel restrictions and supply chain disruptions, FLA Director of Research and Chief Economist Geraldine Kilkelly predicts further industry growth over the next year.

“Despite the risks to the economic and market recovery from supply chain disruption, higher inflation and further waves of Covid-19, our latest research suggests that the industry has maintained its optimism about the opportunities for growth,” says Kilkelly. “FLA’s Q4 2021 industry outlook survey shows that 88% of motor finance providers expected new business growth over the next twelve months.”

Compiling your documents

From renewing your driver’s licence to applying for a new passport, most serious applications call for documents and paperwork. Car finance is no exception, with multiple forms, documents and contracts to sign before you get the green light. This includes things like proof of income, proof of address, copies of your driving license and personal bank details. All need to be passed on to your finance lender before you’re approved, which can stretch out the process.

If you’re wondering why does car financing take so long and want to speed up the process, it’s a good idea to prepare in advance and keep all your key documents in an easy to access folder.

Soft vs hard credit checks

One of the best ways to fast-track your car finance application is to kick off the process with a soft credit check. These are quick and easy to run, combing through your financial history without leaving a permanent mark by your name. A soft credit check will give you a good idea of what types of loans and amounts you’re eligible for. Knowing this will help your decision-making process when applying for car loans and boost your chances of approval.

Stay away from hard credit checks, if possible, as these leave a signature on your record. They’re carried out by dedicated credit agencies like Experian and Equifax and dive deep into your financial history. While you’ll probably need to undergo a hard credit check before you’re approved for a loan, this should be the last step and ideally shouldn’t occur more than once. Basically, you only want to go ahead with a hard credit check if you’re certain you’ll be approved.

Speed up the process with My Car Credit

Why does car financing take so long? The truth is it doesn’t have to. With the right people on your team, car financing doesn’t have to be a headache. As part of the largest motor finance broker in the UK, My Car Credit makes finance simple and accessible.

We regularly receive great feedback from our customers about the speed of our service, for example:

“The whole process was very simple. I was assisted by the friendly staff every step of the way. I got a reasonable rate, and it was all terrifically efficient.” Ben B

“Absolutely brilliant, made it very easy and clear and had it sorted and cleared with the car company in no time.” Steven Canning

“Very helpful and extremely quick. Perfect customer service.” Jack Murray

“This was the most efficient and quick process I have experienced. Very helpful, no need to chase, they are always updating you daily – would definitely use again and recommend!” Mrs H

Powered by Evolution Funding, we combine our award-winning technology with access to a broad panel of lenders. This allows us to match you with the best products and lenders for your unique circumstances, improving your chances of acceptance and securing the best possible rates.

It all starts with a car loan quote using our quick and easy finance calculator. When you’ve crunched the numbers and determined your budget, you can get the ball rolling and secure your car financing as fast as possible.

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

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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
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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 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

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

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