Liberty Financial Car Loan Review

Liberty Financial covers a broad spectrum of both consumer and business customers, offering secured loans with fixed interest rates starting as low as 6.49% for top tier customers and as high as 22.99% for credit impaired customers.
Best for
  • Older vehicles, which can be up to 20 years old at the end of the loan
  • Consumer or commercial customers with impaired credit, such as past defaults or bankruptcy agreements
Draw backs
  • Higher rates for medium to strong credit customers, looking for newer vehicles
  • Co-applicants a requirement for most customers, unless strong credit profile

Liberty Financial overview

Liberty Financial is an Australian non-bank lender that was formed in 1997 offering a broad spectrum of lending products, including home loans, car loans, businesses loans, SMSF products and other personal loans.

The company covers a broad range of customer types and has favourable credit policies for customers with paid defaults or for older vehicles.

Liberty primarily uses third parties to acquire customers, including mortgage brokers and asset finance brokers (like Driva).

Liberty Financial has over 1,000 reviews on Product Review and a decent customer service rating of 4.2/5. This means the Liberty team is well established and frequently recommended by customers across Australia.

How to apply for a Liberty Loan

To apply for a car loan with Liberty, you’ll need a minimum Veda 1.1 credit score of 300, earn over $20,000 per annum and have had at least 6 months of full-time employment.

While getting a loan with Liberty is a good option for customers with impaired credit, you’ll also need to demonstrate that you’ve made all your recent repayments on existing loans on time (at least for the last 6 months).
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Find my rates
Fixed rates from:
5.49% per annum (6.86% comparison rate)
Loan amounts:
$5,000 - $100,000
Loan terms:
2 - 7 years
Loan types:
Consumer and commercial loans
Min. credit score:
300 (veda 1.1)
Min. income:
$20,000 per annum (before tax)
Co-applicants?
Yes (generally a requirement)
Fees:
  • Monthly: $7-15 depending on risk and term
  • Monthly: $7-15 depending on risk and term
  • Early termination charges: Variable, but usually around ~$800
  • Brokerage: Up to $1,000

Big no-no's (automatic declines)

  • If you’ve got a recent personal loan (within the last 90 days)
  • If you’ve recently used Deferit
  • If you’ve made use of the Government’s Early Super Access Scheme
  • If you’ve taken a payment holiday from any of your existing facilities (within the last 90 days)
Driva tip: Using the Driva platform you can find out whether you meet Liberty's lending criteria quickly and easily. We vet your application against all credit policies to ensure you're very likely to be approved before sharing your information.

Other hot tips

  • Early termination charges apply and can be expensive (~$800+) depending on when you look to pay the loan out
  • Borders will have expensive rates with Liberty - no matter what your credit score is. This is because Liberty has a strong preference for customers who are property backed

Liberty Financial - Frequently Asked Questions

01

How does Liberty decide what rate to charge me?

Liberty considers a number of factors when deciding whether a customer is eligible for a loan and, if so, what rate they will be charged.

Liberty looks closely at three key factors when deciding what tier (and therefore what rate) to give a customer:

  1. Age of the vehicle being purchased: the older the vehicle, the higher the rate
  2. Credit score of the applicant: the higher the better
  3. Living situation of the applicant: home owners will get the best rate, while borders are heavily penalised.

Driva takes the hard work out of figuring out exactly what rate Liberty will give you is done for you. Just enter some basic personal information to see what these tailored rates are from Liberty (and the other lenders on our panel) without impacting your credit score.

Learn: what lenders look for when pricing your loan

02

Does Liberty charge fees?

Liberty charges a variety of fees for their car finance product. As with all Driva lenders, these fees are included in the monthly repayment shown at the time of your instant quote, which is the best point of comparison when deciding which lender to choose when you're looking for a great rate.

These fees include:

  • Establishment fees: $495
  • Monthly fees: $7.70-$15.00 (depending on risk profile and length of loan)
  • Early termination fees: Variable, but usually around ~$800

Don't forget that every lender charges fees and that these charges (including any money that lenders pay to Driva) are already built into personalised quotes. The monthly repayment figure you see is exactly what will come out of your account each month and fully inclusive of all costs (bye bye hidden fees!).

03

How does Driva get paid by Liberty?

Liberty pays us for sending them, high-quality customers. This payment generally includes two components:

  • Brokerage: up to $1,000
  • Commission: 2 - 4% of the amount financed (depending on risk profile)

As with all lender fees, these are not payable from you to Driva directly and are not required to be paid upfront. Rather Liberty incorporates them into your total loan amount, which is paid off over the life of the loan.

04

Driva’s rate quotes for Liberty are higher than what I’ve seen elsewhere!?

You can not apply with Liberty directly (only through a broker), and all car loan brokers have access to the same rates. This means that if you're seeing a lower rate somewhere else, it could be because other brokers are showing generic comparison rates that will be increased later in the process when it comes to signing the loan contract.

While we know interest rates vary by vehicle age, credit score and living situation, no other car loan companies in Australia have the technology required to instantly calculate rates based on your unique circumstances.

This means that other providers show generic starting rates earlier in the process, and you should always check with your source to see if the interest rates you are seeing are tailored to your specific situation and all fees are accounted for.If you still think our rates are higher than you’re seeing them elsewhere, we’d love to hear from you. Email us at hello@driva.com.au.

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