The point-of-sale (POS) exemption was originally introduced in 2009 - and it was never meant to be permanent. It came about as part of a 2009 reform of consumer credit protection in Australia - this introduced the requirement to have a credit license to sell finance to consumers. However, an exemption was permitted at the time to allow car dealerships to operate without a credit license given the impact it would have otherwise had on dealership profitability and the lack of a clear plan to allow dealers to continue to sell finance to consumers.
The exemption continued ever since, despite its original intention for it to only be a temporary fix. A decade later in 2019, the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has finally called it out, recommending the removal of the POS exemption.
The short answer is no-one knows. We have heard estimates of as early as February 2020, and as late as the second half of 2020. And while no-one also knows exactly what the new rules will look like, we only know that it will seek to restrict the ability of dealerships to assist customers to obtain finance in the absence of an Australian Credit License.
Given a very likely outcome of the POS exemption removal is the requirement for dealers to either stop directly selling finance to customers or to obtain a credit license, dealerships need to get ready to respond. Finance margins are tight as it is, and this change will only make it harder for you to continue providing finance (and selling cars) profitably. Credit licenses are difficult to obtain and expensive to maintain. Yet, the finance revenue stream remains critical to dealership survival.
Driva provides dealerships with the ability to continue to provide finance to their customers, with Driva taking the burden of providing credit assistance to customers as an authorised entity (as well as the administrative burden!).
Dealers can direct customers in-store to the Driva Payments platform on our website to see what options are available to them (either on the customer’s device or at a Driva in-dealer kiosk). Driva can then take it from there, taking the customer’s information, providing quotes instantly and taking the customer all the way to application submission - all without leaving our website or your dealership.
This means car dealers can maintain their all important finance income without the need for a costly and complicated credit license, all while providing customers an exceptional and transparent financing experience (at great rates!).
To hear more about the POS exemption removal, what it could mean for you or how the Driva platform could help, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Scott on 0418 191 515.