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Overview Car Loans

Everyone must have dreamed about owning a car since our childhood. Movies and games have kindled that interest in cars for many of us. A car could be used for many purposes – going on a family trip, going on a long trip with friends, saving you from the rain or the hot sun when commuting to office or for those car lovers who would like to take the car for a drive just as a stress reliever. A single car could mean different things to different people. India is also a growing market for automobiles, the passenger car market has showed growth double digit growth over the years. The growth is seen across car categories which include compact car, sedan and utility leading to the breaking of a long-held belief that India is an economic and small car market place. International car manufacturers have also made their presence felt by creating cars for the Indian soil.

From a period, where owning a car itself was difficult, we have moved to what type of car and brand should we choose. Not everyone can choose the car they want and pay in a single check. This is where a car loan from banks can help you.

What is Car Loan?

On discovering that many people are interested in buying a car for either comfort, safety or any other reason will not be able to buy their dream car on their own. They should either go for a car that they don’t want because it is cheaper or wait and save to buy the car which will take time and the car model might change.

Banks provide funding for the purchase of all kinds of cars. The borrower can pay back the lender through equated monthly instalments or EMI(s). Banks and NBFCs believe in providing car loans to the right applicants and thereby helping them purchase a car which is also cost-effective.

Car Loan Eligibility

The borrower must have following eligibility criteria to get car loans for the purchase of new and used cars.

AgeThe age eligibility is determined by the income and repaying capacity of the borrower.
Salary RequirementFor salaried and self-employed individuals, the minimum monthly income should be at least INR 20,000 per month.
Employment statusShould be in the current employment for a consistent period
Residential Stability You should have proof of residence to show whether you live in a rented or owned or parental accommodation.

Loan Amount: Different banks have different criteria in determining the loan amount. Some banks do provide 100% of financing to purchase a new vehicle and some lenders provide less than that.

Tenure: The repayment period could range between 12 months to 84 months.

Margin: For purchase of new cars, the minimum margin starts from 10% and for old vehicles, it starts from 25%.

Banks Car Loan Interest Rates and Other Charges

The interest rate is fixed at the sole discretion of the banks. Generally, it starts from 8.99% onwards and it can go up to 14%.

Processing fees:

Processing fees may vary from bank to bank and some lenders do not charge anything as processing fee.

Pre-Owned Car Loans

Many banks provide loans for pre-owned cars for up to 85% of the car value or in some cases insurance value. Insurance value is nothing but the value at which your car is insured for. There are some banks who do provide 100% finance for used cars but 70% to 85% is the norm.

The interest rate will be similar to the rate offered for new cars or slightly higher ranging between 0.05% to 2%. The processing fee also varies from bank to bank and is based on the bank policy.

The tenure for the used car loan will be lesser than that of the tenure for new car loans. The norm for new car loans is 7 years with it being a maximum of 5 years for used car loans.

All the other charges that come with a loan are similar to that of a new car loan.

Documents required for Car Loans

The following are the documents required to apply for a car loan

  • Age proof
  • ID proof
  • Application form
  • Photograph
  • Residence proof
  • Income proof
  • Bank statement
  • Signature verification proof
  • Pro-forma Invoice or Rate List
  • Aadhar card copy

The following documents are further required in case of pre-owned cars loans

  • Signature verification proof
  • Car Valuation report
  • RC copy in case of refinance
  • Insurance copy

How to apply for a car loan

The car loan approval & verification process is simple and much quicker when you apply with a bank where you have an account. You can also apply online and get pre-approved offers on car loans with attractive interest rates. The loan amount is directly credited to their account instantly.

The application process is different if you apply with a bank where you do not maintain an account. You need to either apply online or directly download the application form from the official website or visit the nearest branch. You can also call the Bank’s car loan customer care to proceed with the application process.

Generally, a representative from the bank will come to your place of work or your home to collect the filled in application form and all the necessary documents required for verification at the specified time. A background check would help the lender know about the personal, professional standing of the applicant. If there are any discrepancies with the information provided, the car loan application is likely to be denied. After passing through document verification and eligibility criteria, the approval process moves to the final level. At the final stage and after negotiations, the car loan interest rate and tenure are fixed and sent for your acknowledgement.

In case your car loan application was rejected, you will receive a loan rejection letter which will receive a status update on the car loan rejection. Let us now see what the eligibility or qualifying criteria are as they are called in banking parlance for a car loan.

Car Loan Eligibility Check

Before a person applies for a car loan, it is best to do an eligibility check which will be available on the lender’s website and at CreditMantri.com This way your credit score will not be affected as the bank will only soft pull your credit score and compares with other internal criteria to make sure you are eligible.

Car Loan EMI Calculator

Customers can use the car loan EMI calculator to know how much EMI they will be paying each month. Customer can make use of the CreditMantri Car Loan EMI calculator or the lender’s Car Loan EMI calculator.

The importance of this is that customers will know how much EMI they will have to pay based on their loan requirement. This helps them to plan far ahead.

CreditMantri’ s Car Loan EMI Calculator and the lender’s Car Loan Calculator are among the best and probably the easiest ways to compare various car loan offers and choose the loan best suited to your requirements. Using the Car Loan EMI Calculator, you get a simple and quick way to accurately compare the various loans and determine what your EMI will be with the different lenders.

Car Loan EMI Payment Methods

Your car loan can be repaid in following three ways.

Standing Instruction (SI): If you are an existing account holder with the lender, Standing Instruction is the best mode of repayment. Your EMI amount will be debited automatically at the end of the monthly cycle from the lender’s account you specify.

Electronic Clearing Service (ECS): This mode can be used if you have taken the car loan where you do not have an account and would like your EMIs to be debited automatically at the end of the monthly cycle from this account.

Post-Dated Cheques (PDCs): You can submit post-dated EMI cheques from your bank account at your nearest Banks Loan Centre. A fresh set of PDCs will have to be submitted in a timely manner. Please note Post Dated Cheques will be collected at non-ECS locations only.

It is recommended that you opt for either the SI or ECS mode of payment for faster and less prone to error than the use of PDCs.

Car Loan FAQs

1. What is maximum loan amount given to purchase a car?

The maximum loan amount varies from bank to bank. Some lenders provide up to 100% of financing for the purchase of a car.

2. What is the maximum tenure for a car loan?

The maximum loan tenure is up to 84 months.

3. What type of cars do banks provide car loans for?

Banks offer auto loans for most passenger cars, multi-utility vehicles and sports-utility vehicles that are available in India and are bought for personal use.

4. Do I have to provide any security to avail a car loan?

Car loan is a form of secured loan where your car will act as a collateral.

5. Can I sell my vehicle before I repay the entire car loan taken from a bank?

You cannot enter a transaction with any seller without a 'No Objection Certificate' (NOC) from the lender. The NOC can only be obtained after foreclosure or after you have paid off your loan.

Latest & Update Car Loan News

TATA Motors Partners With Indian Bank For Car Financing 27 Jul 2022

Tata Motors has partnered with Indian Bank to financing for its passenger vehicle customers as the festive season offer. Indian Bank will offer customized car loans from its 5,700+ branches across the India for Tata Motors passenger vehicle range. Th...

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Tata Motors has partnered with Indian Bank to financing for its passenger vehicle customers as the festive season offer. Indian Bank will offer customized car loans from its 5,700+ branches across the India for Tata Motors passenger vehicle range. The company says that the partnership will offer car loans with interest rates starting at 7.8% & with an option to get up to 90 percent financing of the PVs. The loan can be repaid for up to 7 years and will be able to foreclose or offer partial payments at no additional fees. The new partners aim to make passenger vehicles more accessible to individuals and families.

CarTrade Tech collaborates with IDFC First Bank to Provide Finance For a Used Car.2 Jun 2022

On 31 May 2022, the multi-channel automobile purchasing and selling platform Car Trade Tech entered into a partnership with IDFC First Bank to provide easy financing options for used cars. Under the alliance, IDFC Bank will become the preferred finan...

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On 31 May 2022, the multi-channel automobile purchasing and selling platform Car Trade Tech entered into a partnership with IDFC First Bank to provide easy financing options for used cars. Under the alliance, IDFC Bank will become the preferred financier for people purchasing used vehicles from CarWale abSure’s dealers with customized offerings to cater to their needs. CarWale abSure is the used car platform of Car Trade Tech. IDFC First Bank’s scorecard-based loan sanctioning and end-to-end digitized and automated loan onboarding journey will empower Car Trade or CarWale abSure dealers. This feature offers hassle-free loan processing and loan disbursement to the car purchaser.

Tata Motors Ties Up With Bank of India To Provide Vehicle Financing10 Nov 2021

Tata Motors entered into a partnership with Bank of India to provide more financing options to its passenger vehicle customers. According to the company’s statement, the bank will now provide loans to the customers at a starting interest rate of 6.85...

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Tata Motors entered into a partnership with Bank of India to provide more financing options to its passenger vehicle customers. According to the company’s statement, the bank will now provide loans to the customers at a starting interest rate of 6.85%. Also, the customers can now avail a maximum of 90% of the vehicle financing on the total vehicle cost that also includes its registration and insurance costs. They can also opt for EMIs starting with Rs. 1502 per lakh on a seven-year repayment tenure as well. This offer would be available on the New Forever range of conventional cars as well as on SUVs and personal purchase of EVs.

Festive Bonanza: Car Loans at PNB Start from 7.15% 21 Sep 2021

Punjab National Bank has announced several interesting offers on retail loans to help customers enjoy discounted shopping during this festive season. As part of its festive offers, PNB has reduced car loan interest rates to 7.15% and waived processin...

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Punjab National Bank has announced several interesting offers on retail loans to help customers enjoy discounted shopping during this festive season. As part of its festive offers, PNB has reduced car loan interest rates to 7.15% and waived processing charges and service charges on all vehicle loans.

Exciting Car Loan Offers from SBI: 100% Waiver of Processing Fees & Other Deals 23 Aug 2021

In preparation for the festive season, SBI has announced exciting deals on car loans. Customers can enjoy a 100% waiver of the processing fee across all channels. Additionally, the bank offers a credit facility up to 90% of the on-road value of the c...

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In preparation for the festive season, SBI has announced exciting deals on car loans. Customers can enjoy a 100% waiver of the processing fee across all channels. Additionally, the bank offers a credit facility up to 90% of the on-road value of the car. Customers who apply for a car loan via the YONO app enjoy a special concession rate of 25bps on the ongoing interest rate. The starting interest rate for car loans at SBI is just 7.5% per annum. So, if you’re on the market for a new car, check out your eligibility at SBI to avail of these exciting offers.

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