Bad Credit Car Loans for Pensioners
Living on a government pension? We’ll pair you with an understanding lender able to work with your income stream.
Why pensioners choose Bad Credit Car Loans
You shouldn’t have to spend your life getting lifts just because you live off a pension and your credit score is imperfect. We work with pensioners with bad credit looking for car finance every day to get them back behind the wheel, even if their situation is a little more complicated.
Our consultants can help you access a car loan with bad credit if you’re receiving Centrelink payments, such as single parent pensioners, disability (NDIS) pensioners or aged pensioners.
Bad credit car loan features for pensioners
Whether you’re living off a government pension, employed casually or not at all, our lending partners will work with you on a suitable deal.
What you’ll be paying is locked in from the start, so there won’t be any unexpected shocks or increases across the life of your loan.
You can finance the full price of your car with no need to pay a hefty deposit if you don’t have the savings to do so.
Your borrowing limit can be locked in with loan pre-approval, strengthening your hand when it comes to negotiating car prices with sellers.
Forget costly break and discharge fees; some of our lenders will let you pay back your loan early, minus the extra expense.
How our approval process works
Accessing car finance can seem impossible for pensioners with bad credit. However, it’s far from it. Our headache-free application process takes just minutes to complete online, no matter your circumstances.
If you’re a retiree, a carer, living with disability or a single parent and want a car loan but have bad credit, we can help you. To get the wheels in motion, familiarise yourself with our step-by-step, simple application process.
What you need to do before applying for a loan
The eligibility criteria for a loan such as this is that you must be:
- Aged over 18 years old
- Earning a regular income
- A permanent Australian resident or Australian citizen
When it comes to weighing up your regular income, a whole range of Centrelink benefits can qualify you for a bad credit car loan, including:
- Aged pensions
- Disability support (NDIS) pensions
- Veterans’ affairs pensions
- Carer payments
- Parenting payments
- Child care subsidies
- Family Tax Benefits A and B
Your consultant can help you with a rough estimate of your expenses and liabilities to work out what you can reasonably afford to borrow. Lenders want to see that a new loan won’t cause you added financial headaches and that you’ll be able to easily manage the repayments.
Your financial track record is still a vital component of the approval process, even if you apply for a bad credit car loan. Lenders will look more favourably upon an application if the borrower has worked to resolve outstanding debts or unpaid defaults.
Having your personal information well-prepared will fast-track the approval of your application. Our consultant will ask you to supply the following documents:
- A driver’s licence (front and back) or a valid passport
- Centrelink income statements
- 90 days of bank statements
- Two recent payslips
- An application form, consent form and a credit guide supplied by your consultant
Top tips to get your loan approved
Having long-term living arrangements shows lenders you have some stability over your rent and utility costs. Borrowers who are constantly moving house face fluctuating rent that could make it hard to demonstrate you can meet your repayments over the coming years.
Lenders will also want to see your income is unlikely to change, so having a strong employment tenure is important when applying for a loan. Changing jobs frequently or long periods of unemployment or underemployment will increase your risk profile.
Being able to prove you have been a bit of money in the bank will also help increase your chances of approval. Having savings shows a lender you are not living beyond your means and have good spending habits, important when considering taking on new debt.
Even though you’re considering a bad credit car loan, your credit report and track record will be important in the approval process. As such, it’s always a good idea to try and pay outstanding debts or defaults. This will save you money in the long run and also show you’ve learned from past mistakes.