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Has anybody here bought a car from Motors.co.uk?

I have found a car on motors.co.uk that I’d like to buy. The dealership it is from has very good reviews, all 5 star.

They advertise their cars through motors.co.uk, and I’m just wondering, is there any additional charges or fees because of this? I want to pay monthly for the car so I have to go through CarMoney (finance broker) for that, and apparently motors.co.uk is a credit broker?? What does this mean?

I wish I could buy a car straight from the dealership instead of going through motors.co.uk, but if I did that then I wouldn’t be able to pay monthly would I?

I plan on phoning the dealership and asking them all these questions but I have awful social anxiety so I’d like some feedback off some people before I go ahead.
No reason you can't contact the dealer themselves and ask what finance options they have (or investigate your own) - those dealers certainly don't do all their business through the motors website.

Finance & Credit brokers pretty much just put you in touch with various actual credit providers for a small fee/commission, they aren't the ones actually lending you the money - in much the same way as the Motors website isn't the one actually selling you a car, they're just putting you in touch with those that do for a small fee

(In many cases these dealers will have their own individual websites which may have different finance options etc to save you calling them all)
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Might be worth reading the car finance guides on Money Saving Expert, so you are familiar with some of the terms and options:

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/car-finance/
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Original post by StriderHort
No reason you can't contact the dealer themselves and ask what finance options they have (or investigate your own) - those dealers certainly don't do all their business through the motors website.

Finance & Credit brokers pretty much just put you in touch with various actual credit providers for a small fee/commission, they aren't the ones actually lending you the money - in much the same way as the Motors website isn't the one actually selling you a car, they're just putting you in touch with those that do for a small fee

(In many cases these dealers will have their own individual websites which may have different finance options etc to save you calling them all)

I have checked online and unfortunately it seems like the dealer doesn’t have their own website. They have 5* reviews and the only way I can view their cars is through Motors.co.uk

How small is the fee, typically speaking?

I’m not sure if I’ll be approved finance though since my credit score is apparently 490.
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Original post by emzie02
I have checked online and unfortunately it seems like the dealer doesn’t have their own website. They have 5* reviews and the only way I can view their cars is through Motors.co.uk

How small is the fee, typically speaking?

I’m not sure if I’ll be approved finance though since my credit score is apparently 490.

I suppose it is possible there will be some smaller garages that for whatever reason choose to only advertise through a 3rd party like Motors, but I'd still consider it a bit of a of a red flag if they weren't willing to deal with you directly.

In terms of any fees that's not something they disclose, but if they are acting as a broker to find you a car, finance or insurance, you can bet there is money changing hands somewhere.

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