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How to Finance a Motorcycle
For the motorcycle enthusiast there’s nothing like hitting the open road on two wheels to explore all the great rides that Australia has to offer.
Its hard to replicate the sense of freedom that a bike provides, and, more so than ever, Australians are looking to purchase a motorcycle not only because they are great alternative means of transport but also because of the extra excitement and thrill they provide to the rider.
With the number of registered motorcycles in Australia having almost doubled to 807,000 in the past 10 years, there is an increasing demand for bike loans and bike finance.
Whilst a motorbike can provide a rush of adrenaline, you definitely don’t want to abandon rational thought when buying a motorcycle or financing your bike.
So what is the best way to get a bike loan to finance your next motorcycle purchase?
1. Select the right type of motorcycle that’s within your budget
Don’t get caught up in the emotion of purchasing a motorbike when you get to the showroom. Do some research online before hand. The fact that your reading this article is a good indication that you’re going about your purchase the right way.
Assess what the primary use of the motorbike will be - daily ride into work, weekend cruiser, touring, on-road or off-road, or even track work.
Decide whether you’ll buy a new motorcycle or used one.
A new bike is generally more expensive at the outset but you’ll get the latest and greatest in terms of styling, performance, and technology, a manufacturer’s warranty and even some discounted financing opportunities.
With a used bike you can make significant savings on the purchase price, but you need to be conscious of the existing wear and tear on the bike from the previous owner(s) and how well its been maintained.
Set a budget and stick to it.
2. Check your credit report and know your credit score
As an asset class, motorcycles are considered to be a higher risk by banks and credit providers compared to car loans. So a clean credit report and solid credit score are essential to not only secure motorcycle finance but to achieve the best bike loan rate possible.
Order a copy of your credit report to get an appreciation of some of the information your bank or finance company will review when you apply for bike finance.
Ensuring that your credit report is accurate, up-to-date, and contains no information irregularities is very important.
You can generally write to the credit reporting bureau to get certain personal information corrected.
However, in some cases where you have provided inaccurate information on loan applications in the past or have a poor credit history, you may be restricted from updating this information on your file.
Credit providers will consider the degree to which you are already in debt, so if you have any current personal loans that can be paid out or credit cards that can paid down and cancelled, do this before you apply for your bike finance. If you’re a home owner, make sure your mortgage repayments are up-to-date and always made on time.
Remember if you have a clean credit file and good credit score (say above 700) the banks will most likely approve your motorcycle loan application and give you a good interest rate.
3. Research the best bike finance options online
You don’t want to shot gun loan applications to multiple lenders if you can avoid it because this negatively impacts your credit score and, in some cases, may prevent you from even getting bike finance.
Most sources of motorcycle finance provide comprehensive details about the loan products available to them online and also enable you to apply online as well. So do your research well and truly before you start shopping and only apply once you’ve narrowed your choice down to one or two lenders.
Sources of motorcycle finance include bike dealerships, auction houses, banks & credit unions, finance companies, and finance brokers.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the loan your dealership, finance broker or bank offers, such as whether the interest rate is fixed or variable or whether you can vary the term to suit your monthly loan repayment budget. You should also ask about what options are available to insure your new bike, and get a quote to compare with your own insurer. If the provider is giving you a good deal on your insurance its probably a good indicator of the deal you’re getting on your loan.
Always remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
4. What Banks or Finance Companies provide motorcycle finance?
In general, most of the banks, credit unions and building societies do not have a specific motorbike loan product - customers generally finance their purchase using an unsecured personal loan product.
The problem with this is that the loan assessment criteria for an unsecured personal loan is substantially higher as the bank doesn't have security over the motorcycle. This makes buying a motor bike far harder for those buyers who are not home owners or buyers, have limited job stability or financial assets.
There are a limited number of finance companies that specialise in providing a secured loan for motorcycles.
In most cases, the relevant loan products are distributed via finance brokers due to the additional work required for originating a loan.
AFS specialises in financing all makes and models of motorcycles and scooters. If you decide you need finance for a motor bike, you can deal directly with AFS' sales team or you can choose to use a finance broker who can arrange the loan on your behalf and do all the paperwork for you.
Interest Rates from:
8.95% p.a.* Fixed Rate
10.21% p.a.^ Comparison Rate
* Interest rate only applicable for new goods that have not been pre-owned and where the applicant has an established good credit history. Finance subject to approval, including the application of applicable lending criteria. Terms and Conditions apply. Fees and Charges are payable. Interest rates vary depending on the applicants credit score and associated risks. Credit provider is Automotive Financial Services – Australian credit licence 383762. ^Comparison rate for AFS Loan Contract and Mortgage is calculated on a loan amount of $30,000 secured over a term of 5 years based on monthly repayments. WARNING: This comparison rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.
Can I use a finance broker to arrange a motorcycle loan?
Yes. The AFS Bike Loan product is used extensively by finance brokers as many of mainstream banks and credit providers will often only lend on homes, cars, personal loans and credit cards.
Also if you were to arrange a loan through your bank, the relevant product is generally an unsecured personal loan which is often more expensive than their standard secured loan product.
Please note that if you use a finance broker you may be charged an origination fee which is separate to the AFS Fees & Charges but can also be financed as part of your loan. If you use a broker, you should ask for a copy of their credit guide and obtain a credit quote from them.
Can I arrange finance even though I'm still looking for my motorbike?
Yes. AFS understands that finding the right motorcycle can take time, particularly if you're after a specific model.
However, once you've found the motorcycle of your dreams, the last thing you want to be doing is racing around trying to secure finance.
At AFS, we can arrange a conditional approval, valid for 30 days, that enables you to shop with confidence. And even if you run out of time, we can simply refresh your approval because we want you to buy the motorbike you love.
Finally, it’s time to have fun!
Once you’ve found the right bike, it’s time to hit the road and enjoy yourself
But if you’re still worried about motorcycle financing, AFS is here to help!
Contact us so we can answer all of your questions.
Benefits of financing your motorcycle through AFS.