DBS Car Loan Review: Singapore's Least Expensive Car Loan?

DBS Car Loan Review: Singapore's Least Expensive Car Loan?

DBS offers the cheapest loans for new and used cars in Singapore.

Good for

  • Individuals seeking a loan in order to purchase a new or used vehicles

Bad for

  • Individuals that are unable to apply for a loan online
  • Individuals seeking financing to purchase a used car that more than 9 years old

Editor's Rating

4.5/5.0

DBS charges the lowest interest rates for car loans for new and used cars (2.28%), making it the most affordable option for Singaporeans seeking to finance their purchase of a vehicle. This rate is much cheaper than other car loans available in Singapore, and can save borrowers of hundreds of dollars over the course of a loan compared to other financing options. Futhermore, the bank is offering an even cheaper rate (1.99%) for the purchase of used vehicles through its current promotion.

Summary of DBS Car Loans
Cheapest Interest Rate: 2.28% for online applicants
Maximum Loan Amount: Up to 60% or 70% of vehicle price
Loan Tenure: 1 to 7 Years

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What Makes DBS's Car Loans Stand Out to Borrowers

DBS charges an interest rate of 2.28% for its car loans to individuals that apply online. This is the lowest rate offered for both new and used car loans in Singapore, making DBS the most affordable option for those that require financing in order to purchase a vehicle. It is also worth noting that DBS is currently offering an even lower rate for the purchase of used cars (1.99% p.a.) in its current promotion. For more details about these rates and the cost of borrowing from DBS, click the toggles below.

Duration (Years)Flat RateMonthly PaymentTotal Interest Cost
12.28%S$5,966S$1,596
22.28%S$3,050S$3,192
32.28%S$2,077S$4,788
42.28%S$1,591S$6,384
52.28%S$1,300S$7,980
62.28%S$1,105S$9,576
72.28%S$966S$11,172
Assuming loan of S$70,000

Aside from its low interest rates, the bank offers very similar terms to other lenders due to MAS regulations on car lending. For example, DBS and others offer maximum loan amounts of 60% or 70% of the car price, depending on the car's value, and a maximum loan tenure of 7 years. Still, there are a few slight drawbacks to DBS's car loans. First of all, the bank charges a higher interest rate to borrowers that do not apply online. These individuals are charged 2.78% annually. Additionally, DBS does not offer car loans for the purchase of used cars that are more than 10 years old, and it charges 2.78% for loans for used cars that are more than 9 years old. With that said, DBS's car loans are by far the cheapest in Singapore for online applicants.

Who Can Apply: Eligibility Criteria

Consider this if you require a car loan to purchase a new or used car

Interest Rate 2.28%
Maximum Principal Up to 60% or 70% of car price
Maximum Term 7 years

Applicants must be at least 21 years old in order to be eligible for DBS's car loans. Additionally, The bank requires that Singaporean Citizens and Permanent Residents have monthly incomes of at least S$2,000, while foreigners residing in Singapore must earn at least S$4,000. DBS offers loans as small as S$10,000 and as large as 60% or 70% depending on the vehicle's price.

Maximum Loan Principal

Vehicle's Open Market ValueMaximum Loan
S$20,000 or less70% of the purchase price or valuation price, whichever is lower
Greater than S$20,00060% of the purchase price or valuation price, whichever is lower

Other Charges and Fees

DBS does not list any fees associated with its car loan products online. However, other car lenders in Singapore typically charge fees for late payments and for completely repaying a loan before the end of its tenure. It is important to understand the fees of each car loan before applying, as these fees can impact the total cost of owning your car.

How to Apply: Application Process

Individuals interested in DBS's car loans must apply online in order to be eligible for DBS's lowest interest rates. Applicants are required to provide documents proving their employment and income, as well as documents that detail their other financial commitments. Finally, applicants must submit their Vehicle Sales Agreement, if applicable.

Examples of Proof of Income Documents:

  • Computerised Payslip
  • CPF Contribution History
  • IRAS Notice of Assessment

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