Remortgaging to Buy a Car
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We’ll explain how you can remortgage to release equity from your property to buy a car, outline the criteria you need to meet and highlight the alternatives you may wish to consider.
Can you remortgage to buy a car?
Yes, it’s possible but not all mortgage lenders will let you refinance for this purpose. The lenders who do allow it treat remortgages for car purchases exactly the same as they would if you were releasing equity from your property for other non-essential lifestyle purposes, such as booking a holiday.
Since buying a new car is considered a ‘non-essential’ purchase, some remortgage lenders will apply caveats and restrictions to your request for extra borrowing, while others will only approve it after requesting additional scrutiny from their underwriting team.
Needless to say, approaching the right mortgage lender can make a huge difference if you’re refinancing for this purpose. It can be the difference between approval and rejection or the key factor that helps you avoid strict loan-to-value (LTV) caps and lender restrictions.
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How to remortgage to buy a car
Your first step should be to find a specialist remortgage broker as this will save you a lot of time and boost your chances of getting approved at the best terms available.
Using our free broker-matching service you can speak straight away to the right broker by simply making an enquiry online.
They’ll be able to help with:
- Calculating your existing loan-to-value (LTV) and the amount of equity needed for the car purchase
- Gathering all the necessary paperwork required for this type of remortgage – such as details on the intended car purchase, the value, make/model etc.
- Downloading and optimising your credit reports to ensure there are no inaccuracies or outdated information which could hinder your application
- Finding the right lender and securing the best remortgage deal currently available
How much equity you could release for this purpose
A mortgage lender’s loan-to-value (LTV) ratio parameters will determine how much equity you could release to fund the purchase of your new vehicle. Some lenders will only let you borrow 65-75% of the value of your home if you’re remortgaging for lifestyle purposes, others will stretch to 85% and it may even be possible to find one offering up to 95% LTV.
Some lenders will only offer you a high LTV remortgage for this purpose if…
- You’re an existing customer: Some lenders have a lower LTV cap if you’re remortgaging onto a deal with them, having just left another lender.
- You have clean credit: Or at least your credit report is in good enough shape to meet their lending requirements. Customers with certain credit issues might find it harder to qualify for a high LTV remortgage, regardless of how much equity they hold. You can download your credit reports through a free trial to check them.
- Your circumstances are unchanged since you took out your mortgage: If you’re sticking with your current lender and your circumstances have changed since you took out your original mortgage, your provider might proceed with caution. This might include things like having lower income or recent bad credit.
- The new mortgage doesn’t run into your retirement: If you’re extending your mortgage term or remortgaging onto an agreement with a new lender, they might take your age into account. If the mortgage runs into your retirement years, this might mean that you find it more difficult to qualify for a high LTV remortgage.
- You’re in full-time employment: Some lenders might apply a stricter LTV cap if you’re self-employed. Coventry Building Society, for example, caps the LTV at 75% for employed applicants and only 65% for self-employed borrowers.
If you’d like to see how this could work out for you, based on your own personal situation, just input some of your mortgage information and requirements into the calculator below.
Our remortgage calculator can tell you what your new loan-to-value (LTV) ratio and repayments will be after you've remortgaged with sufficient equity released for your new vehicle purchase.
After you have remortgaged your new LTV ratio will be and your new mortgage payments will be as indicated below…
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Restrictions you might encounter
As well as the LTV caps we’ve already discussed, there are a few roadblocks you might run into if you want to remortgage to buy a car. Some lenders place restrictions on borrowers who are releasing equity for this purpose, so you might encounter the following caveats…
- Some lenders won’t approve your application if you’re buying a car as an investment (e.g. a vintage vehicle you want to sell at a profit) or for business purposes
- Some lenders might insist on extra underwriting checks, such as clarifying the equity required matches the value of the purchase price of the car
- Some lenders might request evidence that you’re spending the funds on a car
- Some lenders might apply a stricter LTV cap if the property is unencumbered (Already mortgage free)
In addition to these restrictions, mortgage lenders won’t approve your refinance application at all if you don’t meet their eligibility requirements. When you apply for a remortgage, your creditworthiness will be checked from scratch, so it’s a good idea to read up on lending criteria in our dedicated article on mortgage applications.
Alternative ways to fund a car purchase
If – like most people – you aren’t in a position to buy your next car outright, there are several alternative ways to fund the purchase, besides remortgaging.
- Car finance: The traditional way to fund the cost of a new car. Options include personal loans, personal contract purchases, hire purchase and leasing
- Second charge mortgages: This could be an alternative to remortgaging if you don’t qualify for a remortgage or don’t wish to take one out. A second charge mortgage is essentially a second-charge debt secured against the equity in your property. Mortgage lenders offer these for car purchases, but some might cap the total LTV at 75%.
- Bridging loans: These short-term loans can be used for car purchases, but only under specific, niche circumstances. For example, if you were buying a high-value vintage car at an auction and will need funds to pay for it very quickly, bridging finance might be an option if other forms of lending cannot be arranged.
- Equity release: This could only be an option if you’re over the age of 55 and don’t wish to remortgage to fund the cost of your new car. Equity release can often be taken out for any legal purpose, including lifestyle purchases.
Should you use your mortgage to pay for a car?
This question is impossible to answer without a full assessment of your needs and circumstances, but one thing to be aware of is that releasing equity from a property and adding debt to a mortgage isn’t something you should do lightly.
Seeking professional advice before you decide to remortgage for this purpose is highly recommended. A mortgage broker will be able to advise you on whether remortgaging is the right option for bankrolling your car purchase, and they can also go over some of the alternatives with you, such as second-charge mortgages and equity release.
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Get matched with the right remortgage broker
If you’re considering remortgaging to fund the purchase of your next car, speaking to a mortgage broker who specialises in these arrangements should be your first step.
We offer a free broker-matching service that will quickly assess your needs and circumstances to pair you up with the mortgage advisor who’s best positioned to help you refinance to free up funds to buy your new car.
Call 0808 189 2301 or make an enquiry and we set up a free, no-obligation chat between you and a broker who helps people remortgage to buy a car on a regular basis.
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