There is a large selection of car finance brokers you can use for your next car loan purchase. How do you know you are getting the best one? What things should you look for? Here are 5 tips to help you select your next car finance broker.
Tip 1 – Is Your Car Finance Broker Licenced?
Under the current legislation, any credit assistance providers are required to either be fully licenced, or a credit representative of an Australian Credit Licence holder. If your car finance broker isn’t either of these, you should probably try and find one that is, as they may not be trading legally.
If they hold their own Australian Credit Licence, they will require to have certain protections in place for the consumer, which would include having adequate Professional Indemnity insurance and to be a member of an external disputes resolutions company, such as the Financial Ombudsman Services (“FOS”) or the Credit Ombudsman Services Limited (“COSL”)
Tip 2 – Lender Accreditations
Your car finance broker should have a decent selection of lenders available, which will give you a greater chance of achieving the best deal for your circumstances. As every lender has completely different criteria in how they analyse loans or interest rates, this is important when selecting your next car finance broker.
Tip 3 – Experience
You should be able to get an idea of the level of experience the finance broker has, by doing some research to find out how long their business has been in operation for. Some of the finance broker websites may display information about their Directors and background and history if it is a newer business. You can use free websites, such as www.asic.gov.au or http://abr.business.gov.au to do business name or entity searches. LinkedIn or Facebook are also good tools which most businesses are active on these days.
Tip 4 – Size Of The Business
By searching the business’ ABN online, you will be able to see if they are GST registered or not. If the business is not GST registered, it would most likely be a very small operation as their turnover is under the GST registration threshold, which is $75000 at the time of writing. The smaller the business, the less volumes they would give to their lenders, which may mean they won’t have access to the better deals available in comparison to those companies that are larger and provide more business.
Tip 5 – Do They Have A Physical Location?
This can be important to make sure that you are dealing with a company that is in Australia. Fraud on the internet is a real concern and it becomes more difficult when the fraudsters are overseas. Check the location online through Google Maps, or other free programs and you can even do a Yellow Pages search to see if they are listed there with matching details. Ring the phone number listed on their website and request if you can come and visit them, even if it is not your intention. These are just some measures that you can take to find out if they are Australian based.