How much do I need to earn to qualify for a car?

The income requirement to qualify for a car loan in South Africa can vary depending on factors such as the lender’s policies, the loan amount, the loan term, and your individual circumstances. Lenders typically assess your income to determine whether you can afford the monthly loan repayments along with your other financial obligations. While there is no fixed minimum income requirement applicable to all lenders, here are some general guidelines: (Salary – On-going monthly salary of no less than R6,500 p/m)

  1. Affordability Ratio: Lenders often use an affordability ratio, which calculates the maximum loan installment you can afford based on your income and expenses. As a rough guideline, your total debt repayments (including the car loan installment) should ideally not exceed 30% to 40% of your gross monthly income.
  2. Loan Amount and Repayment Term: The loan amount and repayment term you choose will affect the monthly installment. Generally, a higher loan amount or longer repayment term will result in higher monthly repayments.
  3. Stability of Income: Lenders typically prefer applicants with stable and regular income. This can include employment income, self-employment income, or a combination of income sources. Lenders may require proof of income, such as pay slips, bank statements, or tax returns, to verify your income level.