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Looking for bad credit car finance? Our customers who have been refused car finance elsewhere, have found that this may not be the case with us.

Our team is friendly and approachable and we understand that everybody’s credit history and circumstances are different. The car finance application won’t affect your credit score. We accept people with bad credit often.

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Soft credit checks Bad credit accepted CCJs, Defaults, Self-Employed

Representative APR of 27.9%

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Our finance calculator helps you see how much your repayments will be on a monthly basis. Simply select how much you are looking to borrow and for how long. We are bad credit car finance specialists.

Representative Finance Example:

Borrowing £7,500 over 4 years with a representative APR of 27.9%, an annual interest rate of 27.9% (Fixed) and no deposit, the amount repayable would be £244.77 per month, and total cost of credit would be £4,248.96 and the total amount payable would be £11,748.97*

*Your rate may differ from the above illustration due to your individual circumstances. All credit subject to status.

We are a broker, not a lender.

By working with an extensive panel of lenders, we are able to consider car finance applications from people with different financial circumstances. If you’ve had bad credit in the past, you are self-employed or a young driver, we may be able to help.

Use our car finance calculator to find out how much you will be paying a month for your car loan.

What Is Bad Credit Car Finance?

For those looking to buy a car, there are specialised loans available that are referred to as “bad credit car finance” or “poor credit car finance“.

These loans are specifically designed to provide customers who have bad credit with a finance option.

What does bad credit really mean?

Often a bad credit score will be the result of failing to adhere to a credit agreement.

For instance, if you fail to repay a mortgage, loan or credit arrangement, as stipulated in your loan agreement, you risk damaging your credit score.

Having a bad credit score means that it will become increasingly difficult to secure funds for future purchases such as cars, vans or motorcycles.

How Can We Help?

At Carvine, we specialise in providing bad credit car finance, helping those would-be car owners that cannot get car finance elsewhere.

Being refused credit can be disheartening at the best of times, but when you need a car, being refused credit can be completely shattering.

The truth is that many people who are refused car credit are responsible, trustworthy individuals, who have the means and intention to pay on time, every time.

We Can Help Where Others Often Can’t

We know how easy it is to become downcast when you’ve been refused car finance due to bad credit.

Often this situation occurs through no fault of your own. You may be self-employed or you may have no credit history at all.

Often you may have simply been a little bit late paying bills.

We Have Car Finance Options For All Credit Histories

We are able to help people with all kinds of credit histories, including those with the following problems:

  • Low credit score
  • Bad Credit
  • Poor Credit
  • CCJs or defaults
  • Self Employed
  • No credit history
  • IVAs
  • Discharged Bankruptcy

How To Get Accepted For Car Finance With Bad Credit?

If you have bad credit, a way to help you secure the finance you need is to offer the lender a small deposit on the car.

While this can be challenging for some people to achieve, it shows the lender that you are able to save money, and that you are willing to put your own money into a vehicle.

This means that you are going to borrow a smaller amount on a more valuable vehicle.

Representative APR of 27.9%

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What Information Do We Need From You?

At Carvine, we make the finance application a breeze. We search and compare your finance options to get you the best price available without any hard searches. This means your credit score will not be affected.

We put you behind the wheel in 3 easy steps:

Step 1 – Apply

Apply using our quick finance application form. This is where you will complete sections such as name, date of birth, address, employer etc.

When you apply, we will carry out a soft credit search. Our finance application will not have an impact on your credit score, so you can apply with full confidence.

Step 2 – Get Approved

We regularly obtain decisions in a matter of minutes. From this point to actually paying for the car can be done very quickly so your wait is nearly over.

Step 3 – Buy your car from any reputable dealer

The most exciting part is when you pick up your new car. We can put you in touch with pre-checked, quality dealerships that have great service and aftercare. When purchasing your new car having that peace of mind is important with a large purchase.

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Bad Credit Car Finance FAQs

What is bad credit car finance?

Bad credit car finance is designed for people with bad credit.

Even if you have poor or bad credit score there is still a good possibility of being approved for car finance.

Can I buy my car from any dealer?

Yes. You can choose your new or used car from any reputable and qualifying dealer.

If you’re struggling to find your perfect car we have car sourcing teams on hand to help find the car that’s right for you.

We can even deliver the car to you.

Do you do a credit check when I apply?

We carry out a soft search on your credit report which doesn’t have any effect on your credit score as at this stage no footprint is left.

This will also provide us with your proof of address and income validation, most of our decision-making processes are made from proving the affordability to make the repayments and not your credit history.

I’m self-employed, can I get car finance?

We can usually help in any instance as long as you bank your income we can usually obtain a great finance deal for you.

Will I be considered If I’m in an IVA or TRUST DEED?

Yes, we can help, if it is running satisfactorily, we will be required to show authority from your administrator to allow you to take finance out, this is usually a formality.

Can I apply if I’m in the Armed Forces?

We welcome this. We pride ourselves on helping all of our service personnel.

What documents do I need to provide?

Usually, we automatically approve your application with minimal paperwork as long as you bank your income, in most cases, our automated checks can validate this for you.

All you’ll need to send is a copy of your photocard driving licence, we’ll send a unique link to our secure portal for you to upload this.

We’ll check to ensure we have the correct details from your application such as name, address and date of birth.

At this point, your full approval is in place and you’re ready to start looking for your new / used vehicle.

My earnings are irregular will I need to provide proof of this?

You might be asked to provide further details of income if our systems can’t validate this for you, such documents include (if self-employed) either last year’s tax return or your latest three months bank statements.

If employed you might be asked to provide up to 2 months payslips.

What’s the minimum I can borrow?

Usually, the minimum lend is £4,000.00

What’s the maximum I can borrow?

This is set by your affordability we automatically check your income against your expenditure to give us your maximum monthly available instalment amount.

When we have your full acceptance this will be sent to you by email.

Do you charge any fees?

No, there are no admin fees charged by us.

Can I use my part exchange as a deposit?

Yes, you can. The selling dealer can offer you a price on this however, we can also tell you the recommended trade-in price for your car in order to make sure you get the best price.

What should I do when I have found the car I want?

Simply call or email a link of the car you’re looking at and we can check the recommended sales price for the car, send you the repayment details and HPI check the vehicle.

If you are happy we can email you the documents and arrange the payout for you.

Will I own the car at the end?

Yes. Once all of your repayments have been made you will be the legal owner of the vehicle.

Sometimes there is an option to purchase fee which will vary but usually, this will be no more than £10.00 to £20.00 which is charged on your last month’s payment.

I have been rejected already by another finance company, should I still apply?

Yes. We approve the majority of cases sent to us, as long as we can see you are able to afford the repayments we can generally find an appropriate finance option to suit you.

I am on benefits, can I apply?

As long as you can demonstrate you can afford to make the repayments we can usually help as there are some funders that do not require employment income.

Is this guaranteed car finance?

Nobody can offer this. You must demonstrate you have the affordability to make the repayments comfortably, however, we have lending options which can usually help no matter what your circumstances.

There is no obligation to take the finance offer so why not see how we can help you?

Do I need a guarantor?

Carvine we will never offer you a guarantor loan product, why would a guarantor pay the high rates when they could take out a low APR rate loan in their own name?

Remember they are ultimately responsible for repaying the loan anyway.

Worried About Credit Searches?

At first, we’ll only carry out what’s called a “soft search” to enable us to get an understanding of your financial situation.

Don’t worry – although this is visible by you, other lenders can’t see the search.

Be assured that we work hard to gain you that acceptance if it can be done, we will do it.

We can usually get you approved as long as you are keeping up with your current debt levels, credit score isn’t always a factor.

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Representative APR of 27.9%

Simple Steps To Improve Your Credit Score

Your credit score will affect the interest rate you’re offered or the probability of getting accepted when you apply for car finance.

If your credit score is not so great, you may still be offered a car finance deal, but the interest rate you pay will be higher and this will make your monthly payments more expensive.

By working to improve your credit score, in the future, you can take advantage of better rates.

What exactly is a credit score?

A credit score is a way lenders judge how reliable you are when borrowing. Lenders will usually investigate your past borrowing and repayment records and use it to determine whether you are a risk or not.

Bad signs, for example, are any instances of late payments, missed payments and unpaid bills.

The higher your score, the better your credit rating will be and this improves your chances of being accepted for finance.

Find out your credit score

You can find out your credit score through a credit reference agency such as Experian, Equifax and Trans Union.

You can apply for a 30-day free trial where you can read your report online but make sure you cancel your trial once it’s ended, otherwise you will end up paying for it.

Alternatively, you can apply for a £2 statutory report.

When checking your credit report, make sure all of your details are correct. If they are not, get them corrected by contacting the credit reference agency. If you have a valid reason for missing a repayment in the past – perhaps you were suddenly taken ill, for example – you can add a 200-word statement explaining why.

This is called a Notice of Correction. Again you can ask the credit reference agency to add this for you. It’s worth doing because the lender may look more favourably on you when you apply for credit.

Your credit rating will also be impacted by any serious debt problems you have had in the past. The worst are County Court Judgments (CCJs) and Bankruptcies.

If you have never had credit in the past, this can also go against you will have no credit history.

Therefore the lender has nothing to go on as to whether you’re a reliable borrower or not.

Improving your credit rating

There are a number of steps you can take to improve your credit rating. The first should be getting on the electoral roll if you’re not already on it.

You should also limit the applications you make for any kind of credit – whether this is a loan or credit card – as each application may leave a footprint on your credit score.

Lenders will then see this and think you’re overstretching yourself financially.

If you already have some form of credit, always make your monthly payments on time and make sure you don’t miss any. It’s a good idea to set up a monthly direct debit so you don’t forget.

Also, close down any accounts you are no longer using.

Representative APR of 27.9%

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