Taking to Twitter, @AimanIAbdullah shares reasons behind why Malaysians are going bankrupt on automobile debt, stating that when it comes to cars, we tend to overspend.
Sharing his opinion from the perspective of a motoring journalist, he writes, “One of the things I notice most about Malaysians is that with our cars, we overspend.”
“Take this example. If your salary is RM2k, you will spend RM603 a month with 10% downpayment.”
“That is 30% of your salary.”
As a motoring journalist, one of the things I notice most about Malaysians is that with our cars, we overspend.
Take this for example. Salary RM2k, RM603 monthly with 10% DP. That's 30% of your salary, on a car.
This is why many Malaysians go bankrupt on automobile debt. https://t.co/aQh0Zz7ZLV
— Aiman I. Abdullah (@AimanIAbdullah) March 13, 2020
His tweet which was aimed at a car salesperson who was advertising her car aimed at those with an income of RM1,900 – RM2,000 a month, @AimanIAbdullah said that it is because of this Malaysians risk bankruptcy.
In his thread, he advised Malaysians to strive to not spend more than 10% of their salary on a car.
“A friend of mine could have easily afforded a Mercedes-Benz, based on credit and income, but bought an X70 instead.”
Quoting ASEAN Today, @AimanIAbdullah shared that 24.7% of bankruptcy is caused by HIRE PURCHASE OF VEHICLES based on statistics taken from 2014 to 2019.
So who’s to blame in these situations?
According to @AimanIAbdullah, predatory sales advisors.
“This is why I have such an issue with ‘predatory’ sales advisors saying RM2k is enough for an RM56k car.”
So if you are thinking of buying a car in the near future, why not consult with those who REALLY know the subject and avoid being a victim of your own blunder.
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