Many home owners believe that using their home equity to purchase a new car is a great solution because they don’t have to apply for a car loan and their mortgage repayments often stay the same.
It’s easy to think a mortgage top up is cheaper than car finance
If your new car costs $30,000 and added to the mortgage at 4.99% over a 30 year term. When you take into account compound interest over the term as opposed to the longest car loan term of 5 years, it can increase your total payments to over $29,000, even though the interest rate is a lot lower.
Why you shouldn’t put your car loan on the mortgage
Many home owners don’t think twice about adding the purchase price of a car or even a holiday to their mortgage, but this is short-term thinking that can result in long-term problems.
Cars don’t go up in value
A car is not an appreciating asset unlike your property, so you will never get the extra money you pay back.
The loan term really matters to the total amount you pay and banks want you to be in debt longer as they earn more.
It’s not always a cost-free option. Sometimes your bank makes you pay additional fees and refinance the loan.
Stuck with an aging car
Home owners feel that they will still be paying for the car for years after selling it, so they often do not upgrade.