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Motor dealer: Bank/finance charges/interest


You may decide to borrow money to finance your motor trade business, either by way of an overdraft or a loan.

You will have to pay interest on any money borrowed and there will also be bank charges due on the operation of your business bank account. Interest and charges are normally debited from your bank account every quarter - your bank will be able to help you estimate the amounts that will be due.

Note that you will probably obtain some finance for your business through your main vehicle supplier (for example to finance new vehicle stock). In some cases, this finance may be interest free for a certain period. In other cases your supplier may offer you a subsidised low interest rate.

If you decide to accept payment by credit or debit card you'll need to open a 'merchant account'. You'll have to pay monthly card charges to your merchant account provider.

It's worth noting that some trade associations offer their members special rates on card processing fees.