Australian households fork out more on their car loans that exceed their weekly fuel costs

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Bill Tsouvalas
Bill Tsouvalas is the managing director and a key company spokesperson at Savvy. As a personal finance expert, he often shares his insights on a range of topics, being featured on leading news outlets including News Corp publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, Fairfax Media publications such as the Australian Financial Review, the Seven Network and more. Bill has over 15 years of experience working in the finance industry and founded Savvy in 2010 with a vision to provide affordable and accessible finance options to all Australians. He has built Savvy from a small asset finance brokerage into a financial comparison website which now attracts close to 2 million Aussies per year and was included in the BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He’s passionate about helping Australians make financially savvy decisions and reviews content across the brand to ensure its accuracy. You can follow Bill on LinkedIn.
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, updated on November 25th, 2021       

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There are various expenses that come with cars such as getting comprehensive car insurance and dealing with the sea-sawing prices of fuel. However, recent stats show that Australians have car loans that exceed their weekly fuel costs. So, how much are Australians spending on their car loans and how can you source a better car loan deal if you are not happy with your current one?

Who do we go to for car loans?

When looking for ways to finance their cars most Australians usually resolve to car loans to help them finance their wheels. Financing through a dealership can come with high interest rates, but searching for a car loan online is what 81% of consumers do.

Car loan payments still take a huge bite of our financial commitments

When it comes to paying off our car loans we seem to be paying amounts that exceed our weekly fuel costs. Canstar surveyed 2000 Aussies motorist to find out how much they spent on fuel, and the results were an average of $143.54 spent filling up at the pumps. Recent findings by the royal commission revealed that car loan payments were the largest vehicle related expense for households in both capital cities and regional areas. We have spent around $35.7 billion in 2017 in terms of the new finance commitments for motor vehicles. This exceeded what we spent on general living costs in previous years.

The median loan size

We are a car-loving nation. So much so that vehicles could one day outnumber us as people. Savvy conducted a survey among 1500 correspondents to see what they were paying for their car.

Average spending on car$26,364
Average loan term for a car loan5 years
Average weekly repayments on loan $128 per week

There is only one secret to finding affordable car loans

There is no need to be a maths boffin, or a car enthusiast to know that the best way you can clinch the best deal for your wheels is through research. Give yourself some time to do adequate research on the car loan market to find something that works for your finances. There are a plethora of comparison sites that can give you an estimate on how much you will be paying on your car.

Online tools have made it easier for you to find the interest rate and monthly repayments at a click of a button so that you always come out with the best deal on the market. One sure way to short change yourself is to not research and compare rates. If you are unable to find a car loan that matches your finances this could also mean you are aiming for a car that is unaffordable. Therefore, you need to change your vehicle options to one that suits your current financial status.

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