Should you want to buy a new car; the cost of finance will add thousands to any vehicles price tag. Car finance is generally provided at double-figure interest rates. Therefore, it’s perfectly acceptable to remortgage to buy a car and spread the cost using your home loan. It saves a bundle on the interest charges.
Secured loans are always and by far, the cheapest way to buy a new vehicle because you’re essentially approaching the showroom as a cash buyer.
Used in tandem with good negotiation skills to leverage your cash buyer position, you could find yourself negotiating a surprisingly good discount by paying upfront.
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You May Have Dropped Your Loan-to-Value Band
All rates for remortgages are based on LTV ratios. Some are only 50% with others going as high as 95%. If you’ve been paying your home loan down for a while, it’s likely you’ve moved LTV bands since you took your initial mortgage out. The more you own, the less of your total home value you’re asking for when you move.
As an example, if your current home is valued at £200,000 and you’ve already repaid £100,000 of that, you’d be eligible for a 50% LTV deal. The majority of lenders have offers for much higher ratios, sometimes going as high as 95% LTV.
The more you repay, the better deals become unlocked because there is now far less risk to the lender.
If the initial mortgage was taken with a 5% deposit that would be a 95% LTV mortgage deal you entered. When you switch, you’re able to borrow up to that amount, provided your home has retained its value. For many properties, the valuation has increased, which effectively moves the LTV band just because of a properties valuation fluctuation, and sometimes due to some overpaying on occasion to reduce the outstanding balance.
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Comparison Checking Current Rates
There’s a number of online comparison websites will show you tables of the best interest rates. None of these comparison tables covers the whole of the remortgage deals available though. They will show what’s available for borrowers and others that are available direct. They won’t show the offers that are only available through mortgage brokers.
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Is it Viable to Remortgage to Buy a New Car?
Whether it’s a viable option is dependent on how much it’s going to cost. When you remortgage, you can choose terms varying between two years to five-year deals over a set term usually up to 25 years. Some of the best rates are on two-year fixed-term deals. After your initial introductory offer expires, you’ll revert to your lender’s standard variable rate (SVR) which is usually higher than new offers.
Flexible or Tracker: Which is best?
There are different products available such as fixed rates and tracker rates. Fixed rates will give you an exact figure that you’ll know you’ll be paying each month for the duration of the remortgage term. Trackers are flexible rates that adjust and don’t give you certainty over how much interest you pay. Some may be higher than other months so if you’re close to your monthly budget, fixed rates are generally more suitable.
Factoring in fees
The only way to know if you’re going to be cheaper to buy a car using secured finance through a home loan is to work out the total over the term, inclusive of all fees.
Some lenders will allow the fees to be incorporated into the mortgage, meaning there’s no upfront cost to you, whereas others will want the fees paid in advance of arranging the remortgage.
If you’re adding the fees to your remortgage total, add them all up. Then divide the total amount payable for fees by the number of months you’ll be paying the loan for.
Example: if you’re taking a two-year fixed rate deal with an arrangement fee of £999 with free legal costs and valuation, and no exit fees payable to your existing lender, you’d just divide the £999 by the term of the loan, such as 10-year term. That works out to £8.33 per month if you were to tack the fee into the mortgage before interest is applied.
Buying a new car by releasing money from your home when you remortgage will mean you’ll spread the cost over a longer period. It will bring your monthly cost down in comparison to any other loan, but it’ll also mean you’re paying it for longer.
Many large purchases are cheaper to finance through a remortgage because they can be repaid over a longer term.
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When it’s not worth remortgaging for car finance
There are only a few circumstances that won’t leave you better off by remortgaging and those are:
- Your current mortgage deal is still within its fixed term or introductory rate period. If this is the case, the exit fees may be high to switch. It may be possible for your current lender to move you onto a different product within their range, but you won’t be able to move to a new lender without incurring a penalty.
- If your circumstances have changed since you took your mortgage out. Since 2014, lending regulations were tightened to ensure that borrowers could afford the repayments. You need to pass an affordability check for all financial products. If your circumstances have changed, such as from a dual income to a single income household, it may affect your eligibility for a range of products, including remortgages. Those who have changed from employed to self-employed may also find it more challenging to remortgage with main lenders, and therefore may require a specialist mortgage lender. Some circumstances that affect your credit rating can make it challenging to obtain any finance, but most circumstances can be catered to by using a specialist lender.
- Homeowners with a low outstanding balance remaining on their home loan. If you’re close to being mortgage free and are only looking to raise under £25,000, it may be more challenging. Most lenders have a minimum of £25,000 and for those who do, there are often higher fees and interest rates attached to the deals, making it more likely that other forms of finance may be more suitable.
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