Was My Car Finance Mis-sold?
Like all loans, you car finance was mis-sold if the loan was unaffordable or the lender did not perform proper affordable ability checks. In relation to the hidden commission, your car finance deal may have been mis-sold if:
The car salesperson did not fully explain they would receive a commission on the sale of the car
The lender/bank did not fully explain the commission
The salesperson skipped through the car finance agreement Terms & Conditions
The customer felt pressured into the finance deal and was not given a range of options including explaining all of the differences in each type of product
The payments were unaffordable or no finance credit checks were carried out
The salesperson did not make it clear who was financially responsible for the repairs to the vehicle?
The salesperson did not offer the best interest rate available to you?
The salesperson did not present to you, with complete transparency, the interest rates charged for all loan options and how they may differ?
Don’t worry if you can’t find the agreement or remember who the lender or dealership was. You just need the name of the company you made the payments to. You should be able to find this information on your old bank statements.
If you think you have a claim, you need to act quickly as there are statutory deadlines, known as limitation periods, that apply to mis-selling claims. If your car finance product was taken out over six years ago, you can still claim if you only became aware of the potential mis-sale within the last 3 years.
If any of the above statements describe your experience with Car Finance, you could be eligible to claim compensation. Start your claim below for professionals to guide you through the process.
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What Is Mis-sold Car Finance?
A recent Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) investigation discovered widespread evidence of mis-selling on all types of vehicle financing options. Unknown to customers buying vehicles, lenders systematically incentivised brokers and car dealers to charge their customers higher interest rates so they could receive higher commissions themselves. As one car dealer openly admits in a recent article, “frankly, we were getting away with murder. We weren’t treating customers fairly and were, in effect, charging them to earn us money.”
The FCA estimated that hundreds of thousands of motorists might have been mis-sold finance packages. In some cases, customers are being overcharged by over £1,000 in interest in order for the dealership to obtain a higher commission pay-out. The FCA estimates this could be costing consumers £300 million annually.
Reports have shown that the car finance industry is rife with these secret payments and hidden commissions, meaning you could have been mis-sold your finance deal.
Mis-selling has been discovered on all motor vehicle types, including new and used cars and vans under all vehicle financing options such as personal contract hire (PCP), hire purchase (HP), Contract hire or a car loan.