Buying a car is one of the most important purchases you are likely to make, therefore it's worth doing your research. AA Cars can help, with 1000's of listed vehicles which all come with a free car history check so you can buy with confidence. Once you've chosen your perfect car, a low rate loan from the AA could help get you on the road.
An AA Loan could offer you
Every AA Loan comes with twelve months' free AA Breakdown Cover, so should your car break down at the roadside, we'll be there for you, 24/7.
If you're an AA Member already you can enjoy a half price upgrade to your existing AA Breakdown Cover. Choose from Home Start, Relay or Stay Mobile.
By applying for this loan Creation Consumer Finance could offer you an alternative loan should you be unsuccessful for an AA Loan. There will be no additional checks on your credit rating as a result of this offer.
If you need help with your application or want to speak to someone about AA Loans please call 0800 096 8485.
Our loan amounts range from £1,000 to £25,000. Use our loans calculator to find out more
Before applying for a loan, please make sure the below are true:
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AA Loans are provided by Creation Consumer Finance Limited. AA Financial Services Limited (AAFS) acts exclusively in relation to loans as a credit broker for Creation Consumer Finance Limited.
APR stands for annual percentage rate. This is the total charge for the loan including fees and interest expressed as a percentage. The APR you are offered may differ from the representative example displayed. This is because each loan application is assessed on an individual basis and on a number of factors including the information you have provided in your application and data we obtain from credit reference agencies.
* Free 12 months Roadside Vehicle Breakdown Cover or 50% discount on a Breakdown Cover upgrade offers are only available to AA customers who have been accepted for a new AA Loan and had their loan funds paid to them.
To receive the free 12 months Roadside Vehicle Breakdown Cover you must set up an annually recurring transaction arrangement using your credit or debit card for the Breakdown Cover and it will be renewed automatically after 12 months as long as you choose not to amend or cancel. 50% discount on a Breakdown Cover upgrade is available for the remaining months of your current policy. Offer excludes bank account breakdown policies and excludes upgrades to BRC. If you already have a Breakdown policy with all cover options you are not eligible for the discount on upgrades offer.
For both offers, an email with instructions of how to activate the free breakdown cover or 50% discount on upgrades will be sent within 28 days of the AA Loan funds being paid to you. Offers do not form part of your loan credit agreement. Offers are not available in conjunction with any other offer or in a breakdown situation.
AAFS is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, and are included in the Financial Services Register (FRN: 631019). AAFS, registered in England and Wales number 912211. Registered Office: Fanum House, Basing View, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 4EA.
Creation Consumer Finance Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and are included in the Financial Services Register (FRN: 311518). Creation Consumer Finance Limited Registered Office: 6th Floor, Royston House, 34 Upper Queen Street, Belfast BT1 6FD. Registered in Northern Ireland NI32565. Correspondence address: Chadwick House, Blenheim Court, Solihull B91 2AA.
Buying a new car can often involve making important and expensive decisions. So we've put together this quick guide to help you decide what's right for you.
You probably have a good idea of what sort of car you want to buy, however its well worth checking out the AA's Car Buyers Guide where you’ll find reviews and advice for choosing and purchasing the right car for you.
If you decide that you want to purchase a second hand car then ensure you visit AA Cars where you can choose from 1000's of vehicles. All cars come with a free car history check so that you can buy with confidence and peace of mind.
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If you choose to buy a second-hand car it is important to check to see if the car is roadworthy. It's also useful to know if the car has been involved in an accident or has outstanding finance. The AA provides two services to help:
The most important decision when buying your new car is deciding how you are going to pay for it. You need to decide what your budget is, taking into account any likely trade-in value for your existing car, plus any cash savings you may have.
If you need to borrow money to pay for your new car it may seem more convenient to use the finance offered by the car dealer, but it is important to consider the following;
An AA Car Loan, could be a cheaper way of borrowing money to pay for your new car. It also means that you will own the car outright once it is purchased and the loan is not secured against the car. Even better, once you have decided your budget and how much you can afford to pay each month, you could apply for the loan and, if accepted, have the money in your bank account ready to make your purchase. This makes you a 'cash buyer' and could help you get a better deal on the car.
Applicants must be between 25 and 70 at date of application and a UK resident (for at least 3 years) with a minimum gross income of £12,000.
Before you drive your new car, you'll obviously need to have car insurance in place. In fact it's a good idea to get insurance quotes before you decide on the car to buy so that you've got an idea of ongoing running costs. At the AA we'll search our panel of insurers to find you our best deal on your insurance.
However careful you are choosing and checking you're new car there's always a risk of a breakdown. As the UK's largest breakdown service, we rescue someone every 9 seconds*. We have a range of breakdown cover options to ensure you'll have help if you break down.
Follow these links to find more useful information about driving your car.
Wrong fuel in your car
Service and repair advice
Fuels and environment
Seasonal driving advice
* According to analysis of 3.5 million AA breakdowns 2012
At the AA we offer unsecured loans, which are usually referred to as a 'personal loan'. An unsecured personal loan is an advance of money that is not secured by collateral such as your home.
A credit scoring will be undertaken to analyse whether you'll be accepted for an unsecured personal loan and will determine the amount of interest you will pay. The amount of interest you pay depends on your past history of meeting debts and repayments. Normally the better your credit rating, the lower your interest rate will be.
Typical unsecured personal loan amounts vary, but most will be between £1,000 and £25,000, and are repaid over one to five years. You can use an unsecured personal loan to buy a car or pay for home improvements, for special events like weddings and holidays, or to consolidate your existing debt.
Some common loan terms are described in more detail below and can help you understand the application process.
Some lenders will charge a fee for arranging a loan, usually a one-off payment. An AA Loan has no arrangement fee.
CCJ stands for County Court Judgement. These are usually issued if you have defaulted on payments of previous debt. Having a CCJ will usually affect your credit score and ability to borrow money in the future.
Credit reference agencies and your credit rating
When borrowing money you agree that the lender can check your credit rating. Your credit history will be held by a credit reference agency such as Experian or Equifax. You can access your credit history by visiting a credit reference agency's website.
If you have outstanding debt spread across a number of other loans, credit cards or store cards, you can combine these into one loan with one fixed payment. This is called 'debt consolidation'.
This is a regular fixed monthly repayment amount payable for the duration of your loan.
Fixed interest rate loans
These are fixed and can't be changed by the lender or the customer for the term agreed. Even if the Bank of England change the base rate, your loan rate will remain unchanged, giving you added peace of mind.
A loan is a sum of money which is borrowed and paid back, usually with interest over a period of time.
Payday loans are usually smaller amounts repaid over 30 days, and carry a higher interest rate. These loans typically cover your expenses until you receive your monthly salary. Amounts are typically between £100 and £1,000, and interest rates can be high. We don’t currently offer payday loans at the AA.
The 'representative APR' (annual percentage rate) is the interest rate we charge to the majority of our customers who apply for a particular loan amount. We may offer a different APR based on your personal circumstances and the amount that you want to borrow.
Secured loans or homeowner loans are larger amounts – between £15,000 and £200,000. They are secured on your property – either a property you own or have a mortgage on. So if you can't meet repayments, you risk losing your property. We don't currently offer secured loans at the AA.
You may repay all or part of your loan early at any time. If you repay part of your loan early your monthly repayments will be reduced but the duration of the loan period will remain the same. If you settle the loan early in full, you may have to pay interest on the amount repaid or the amount of interest that may be payable depending on the length of your loan.
This is the period of time over which the loan has been taken.
How much can I borrow?
Our loans are available from £1,000 to £25,000
How long can I borrow the money for?
You can repay your loan over 12 to 60 months (1 to 5 years). The repayment term is selected in 6 monthly increments. A one year term is only applicable for loans under £5,000.
What can I borrow the money for?
You can take out a loan for almost any reason including home improvements, buying a car, taking a holiday and a whole host of other reasons.
What does 'representative APR' stand for?
The 'representative APR' (annual percentage rate) is the interest rate we charge to the majority of our customers who take out an agreement for a particular loan amount. We may offer a different APR based on your personal circumstances and the amount that you want to borrow.
How do I apply for an AA Loan?
You can apply online now.
What information do I need to apply for an AA Loan?
To complete your AA loan application we'll need:
What is credit scoring and how do you use it?
Using the information you have provided, together with details from a credit reference agency, we assess your application and give it a score. This score is then matched alongside our 'acceptance' score, which is based upon detailed analysis of our experience with previous applicants.
If your application reaches the 'acceptance' score, your application is accepted. If it does not reach this score, it is refused. Credit scoring evaluates the risks attached to an application. This doesn't mean that a refused applicant is a bad payer, but simply means that our acceptance requirements haven't been met.
Is there a fee for arranging my loan?
No, there isn't a fee to arrange an AA Loan.
How quickly will I receive a decision on my loan application?
In many cases we are able to provide an approval decision instantly after you apply online, However there may be times when this isn't possible or we may need to request additional information.
How secure is my online loan application?
You can rest assured that every online loan application is protected by the latest 128-bit encryption security software.
What happens if I want to repay my loan early?
You can repay part or all of your loan early at any time.
If you repay part of your loan early, the monthly repayment amount will stay the same but the loan term will decrease. There will be no 'early settlement' fee charged.
If you repay all of your loan early, there will be an 'early settlement' fee charged.
You can pay any extra fees by
£7,500 over 60 months
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