• Had Car Finance Refused? Here's What To Do

Had Car Finance Refused? Here's What To Do

Being refused car finance can be a frustrating and disheartening experience, especially if you were counting on that approval to purchase your next vehicle. However, a rejection doesn't mean the end of the road for your car buying journey.

In this article, we'll explore the reasons why you might have been refused and provide practical steps you can take to improve your chances of securing car finance in the future.

Why Car Finance Applications Get Refused

  1. Poor Credit History: One of the most common reasons for car finance refusal is a low credit score or a history of missed payments, defaults, or County Court Judgments (CCJs). Lenders use your credit report to assess the risk of lending to you.

  2. Insufficient Income: If your income is too low or unstable, lenders may doubt your ability to make the monthly payments on your car finance agreement.

  3. High Debt-to-Income Ratio: If you have a significant amount of existing debt, such as credit card balances or personal loans, in relation to your income, lenders may be hesitant to approve additional finance.

  4. Incorrect or Incomplete Application: Mistakes or omissions on your car finance application can lead to rejection. It's crucial to provide accurate and up-to-date information.

Steps to Take After Car Finance Refusal

  1. Review Your Credit Report: Get a copy of your credit report/score and check for any errors or inaccuracies. If you find any, contact the agency to have them corrected.

  2. Improve Your Credit Score: Take steps to boost your credit score by making payments on time, reducing your credit utilisation, and avoiding new credit applications in the short term. Consider using a credit-builder card or loan to demonstrate responsible borrowing behaviour.

  3. Save for a Larger Deposit: Increasing your down payment can make you a more attractive borrower to lenders, as it reduces the amount you need to finance and lowers the risk for the lender.

  4. Consider a Guarantor or Joint Application: If you have a trusted family member or friend with a strong credit history, they may be willing to act as a guarantor or joint applicant on your car finance agreement. This can increase your chances of approval.

  5. Explore Alternative Lenders: Some lenders specialise in working with borrowers who have less-than-perfect credit. Research these options, but be cautious of high interest rates and unfavourable terms.

  6. Delay Your Car Purchase: Consider postponing your car purchase to give yourself time to improve your financial situation and credit profile. This may not be ideal, but it could lead to better financial options in the future.

A car finance refusal can be a setback, but it's not unconquerable. By understanding the reasons behind the rejection and taking proactive steps to improve your credit and financial circumstances, you can increase your chances of securing car finance in the future. Remember, time and responsible financial management are your allies in this process. Stay positive and persistent, and you'll be back on the road to car ownership soon.

If you have any questions or would like further guidance on your car financing options, please don't hesitate to contact our knowledgeable team at West Motors. We're here to help you navigate the process and find a solution that works for you.

To save timely negotiation all our cars are heavily discounted upfront and offered nearer cost price, saving customers up to £2000 when compared to our competition. This ensures we are treating every customer the same. This fee is a compulsory fee and applies to all customers.

Variable admin fee is charged as listed below:

  1. Retail customers pay £199.
  2. Repeat customers purchasing a 2nd car within 12 months of the original invoice date £0
  3. Retail customers arranging finance using brokers outside of our immediate panel of lenders £499
  4. Trade customers making a purchase as the motor trade £549
  5. Export customers including Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland £599