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It said that some dealers make commission on the loan's interest rate, which they set.
The FCA said this "creates an incentive for brokers to act against customers' interests".
Some brokers and car retailers make a commission on the interest rate
they charge customers who take out a loan to buy a car. The higher the
interest rate, the higher the commission.
"We have seen evidence that customers are losing out due to the way in
which some lenders are rewarding those who sell motor finance," said
Christopher Woolard, executive director of strategy and competition at
"By banning this type of commission, we believe we will see increased
competition in the market which will ultimately save customers money."
The financial watchdog also said it was proposing to make changes to the
way in which customers are told about the commission they are paying
"to ensure that they receive more relevant information".It said: "These
changes would apply to many types of credit brokers and not just those
selling motor finance."
Adrian Dally, head of motor finance at the Finance & Leasing
Association, said the announcement was "good news for the industry and
consumers, as it delivers clear rules and a consistent approach to
It added: "Many lenders have already moved to the commission models that the FCA is proposing."
The FCA will now consult on the proposals until 15 January next year and plans to publish final rules later in 2020.
Earlier this year, a report by the regulator found that the industry's
practice of allowing dealers to set their own interest rates was costing
consumers millions of pounds a year.
The FCA also discovered that only a small number of brokers that they
examined told customers that they might receive commission for arranging
The regulator said at the time that its aim from conducting the
investigation was to "eliminate the harm caused by discretionary
It said: "We have found a significant difference in the amount of
interest customers pay when taking a motor finance deal arranged through
a broker who benefits from a discretionary commission model compared to
a flat fee model."