Aussies drive record growth for car sales - time to find yourself a car loan?

If you thought about treating yourself to a set of new wheels in 2017, you're not alone - so did a record number of Aussies, according to ABS data.

Our love affair with our cars isn’t showing signs of slowing down any time soon, with total sales of new vehicles rising by 6.7% over the year to December 2017, well above the previous year’s 2.1% growth.

And despite red hot property markets in Sydney and Melbourne, car sales also outstripped home loans last year, with only 86,250 home loans agreed each month, compared with around 100,476 new cars sold, according to MPA.

But Mozo Director, Kirsty Lamont cautioned anyone hitting the car yards to make sure they have their finances sorted out before falling in love with their next ride.

“A competitive car loan can come with an interest rate as low as 5.14% attached, so shopping around for the best deal on loan before you shop around for a car can really pay off,” she said.

“Plus, you’ll then be able to factor the interest payments into your budget, to work out how much you can spend on your new wheels.”

So if you’re on your way to pick up a brand new car this month, check out some competitive car loans below.

Car loans to get you on the road! - last updated 29 June 2022

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  • New Car Loan - Prime Special

    Home Owner Discount, Including Demo, Variable, Secured

    Interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    3.74% p.a.
    4.28% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Low variable car loan rate for purchasing new and demo vehicles from dealers. Extra low 3.74% rate (4.28% comparison rate*) for qualifying homeowners. Personalised loan amounts between $5,000 and $100,000. Flexible repayment options. Choose between the 3 to 5 year loan terms.

    Repayment terms from 3 years to 5 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 3.74% would cost $33,338.96 including fees.

    Details
  • Car Loan

    Fixed, Secured

    Interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    5.35% p.a.
    5.65% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Available for all New and Used cars up to 7 years. A quick and easy, 100% online application with loans up to $75,000. No printing. No paper. No fuss. No monthly account keeping fees, no exit fees and no early repayment fees.

    Repayment terms from 1 year to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 5.35% would cost $34,507.61 including fees.

    Details
  • New Car Loan - Prime Special

    Home Owner Discount, Including Demo, Fixed, Secured

    Interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    5.09% p.a.
    5.64% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Eligible for homeowners only. Low fixed car loan rate for purchasing new and demo vehicles from dealers. There is no monthly or ongoing fees and early payout options available. Winner of Mozo's Experts Choice Car Loan 2021 award^.

    Repayment terms from 3 years to 5 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 5.09% would cost $34,442.49 including fees.

    Details
  • Car Loan

    Fixed

    Interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    6.19% p.a.to 10.29% p.a.
    6.74% p.a.to 10.86% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Enjoy competitively low rate car loans from 6.19% (comparison rate 6.74% p.a.) between $10,000 and $100,000 for new, demo and used vehicles. Take advantage of flexible 3, 5 or 7 year loan terms. No early repayment or exit fees. You must be 21 years or over to qualify and earn above $35,000.

    Repayment terms from 3 years to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 6.19% would cost $35,357.29 including fees.

    Details
  • Used Car Loan

    Dealer Only, Up to 5 years old, Fixed, Secured

    Interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    6.59% p.a.
    7.14% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Used Car Loan with no monthly or ongoing fees, with a fixed rate for the life of the loan. Fast online application.

    Repayment terms from 3 years to 5 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 6.59% would cost $35,695.00 including fees.

    Details

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What to look for in a car loan

Not sure where to start in your car loan search? Here are some of the key features to look at when choosing the right fit for your wallet.

  • Interest rate. The interest rate is probably the first thing you think of when it comes to how much a car loan might cost you - and the difference it can make can be huge! It’s worth shopping around for the lowest rate you can find, and remember that some car loan lenders determine the rate you get depending on your credit score, which means the better your score, the less interest you pay.

  • Fees. Another thing that can add to the price tag of your new vehicle are fees. This might include application fees, ongoing service fees or even fees for paying your loan off early. It’s worth looking around to see if you can find a fee-free option that suits you.

  • Secured or unsecured? Generally speaking, secured car loans come with lower interest rates attached, since having an asset up as security lowers some of the risk for the lender. And the good news is, you can often use the new car you’re buying as security! If you’re looking for more flexibility or can’t use your car or another asset as collateral, then an unsecured loan may be a better option.

  • Handy features. There are a few features that might come included with your car loan and could stand to save you money if you play your cards right. For example, by making fee-free extra repayments on your loan, you can pay off your principal quicker and save on interest.

Haven’t found what you’re looking for yet? Why not head over and take a look at our car loan comparison table for more options.