Car Loans India - Know Its Basics

By: Meghna Arora

With the purchasing power of numbers of people in India increasing rapidly, purchasing a car has become almost a priority for them. This leads them to car loans, which enable in buying the vehicle of their dreams. However, it would be wise to take all the aspects of these loans into account before you finally make the application.

When deciding on the loan amount, note that banks in India provide 2 to 3 times the annual salary of the applicant or 6 times the annual income of self-employed people for buying a car. To purchase a new car you can get 90-100 percent amount of its ex-showroom price. As for used car, the loan amount is kept 80-90 percent of the car price. Your relative's or spouse's income also can be included in the assessing your repayment capability, if your income is not sufficient.

The banks will take the car as security against the loan. This means that while you own and drive the vehicle, it is actually being used by the lenders for the purpose of security. In turn it implies that some crucial papers of the car will be returned to you only when you have completely paid back the loan.

As far as interest rate is concerned, it depends on your past good or bad record of paying past loans. However, irrespective of the record, you can assure a low rate on the loan once you have made a good amount of down payment to the lender. Repayment of the loan can be made in 5-7 years.

The documents required for Car Loans India include identity proof, proof of residence and income proof. Salaried people should submit their latest salary slip, form 16 and bank statements of last six months. If you are a self employed one then bank statements of last two years will serve the purpose of income proof.

While searching for a suitable loan, you should also see that the bank or the company is not charging prepayment penalties or charges minimum amount. With no or less prepayment penalties, you have the advantage of getting rid of the loan early whenever you are able to do so or you can shift the existing car loan to another lender for the benefit of lowering the interest rate.

You should also be prepared to pay processing fee on the car loans. The fee varies from bank to bank and has to be paid up front. The lender will give you a loan amount minus the fee. So the fee will reduce the actual amount you receive in your hands.

It is crucial for the borrowers that they search for ideal car loans in India. Study various banks' rates and other terms-conditions, keeping your requirements and circumstances in mind to find a suitable deal.

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