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What is the Central Bank of Ireland?

How does the Central Bank regulate the market?

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Have you ever wondered who is responsible for ensuring your car finance agreements are safe and legal? In this blog, we explore the role of the Central Bank of Ireland and how they regulate our financial markets. If you want to find out more information about the Central Bank of Ireland, visit their website.

What is the Central Bank of Ireland?

This bank is Ireland’s central bank and as such is responsible for regulating most financial firms in the country. In their words, their mission is to:

  • Serve the public interest by maintaining monetary and financial stability.
  • Ensure that the financial system operates in the best interests of consumers and the wider economy.

As the primary financial regulator in Ireland, the Central Bank is responsible for ensuring that the car finance market is safe, transparent, and fair for consumers.

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How does the Central Bank regulate the market?

Supervision of financial institutions

One of the main ways that the Central Bank regulates car finance firms is through its supervision of financial institutions. Banks, credit unions, and other lenders that offer car finance must be authorised and regulated by the Central Bank, otherwise, they cannot trade. Their process ensures that these institutions are financially stable and follow the central bank’s rules and regulations.

Rule setting

The Central Bank sets rules and guidelines for car finance products. For example, the Central Bank has guidelines for advertising and promoting car finance products, which must be followed by all financial institutions. Any misleading adverts or promotions are frowned upon and will likely lead to their removal and punishment for the business responsible. This ensures that consumers are correctly informed and given transparent and not mis-leading information about car finance products.

Championing customer protection

Another way the Central Bank regulates car finance is through its overseeing of consumer protection in the car finance market. The Central Bank has the power to take action against financial institutions that are not following the rules or acting in a way that is harmful or unfair to customers. For example, if a bank charges excessive interest rates or fees on car finance, the Central Bank can take action to penalise the organisation and reverse their actions.

Educating customers on car finance

Next is perhaps the most important regulation tool is education. The Central Bank plays a vital role in promoting financial literacy and consumer education, which can help consumers make better decisions when it comes to car finance. Moreover, the Central Bank provides resources and information on car finance on its website, which can help consumers understand how car finance works and how to compare different car finance products. Blogs and articles answer any questions you may have.

Did you know that LM Operations also offers information on Irish car finance products? Check out our blog page here.


The Central Bank of Ireland plays a vital role in regulating car finance in Ireland. Through its oversight of financial institutions, its regulation of car finance products and consumer protection, and its promotion of financial education, the Central Bank helps to ensure that the car finance market is safe, transparent and fair for consumers.

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Representative Example

Borrowing €12,500 over 54 Months with a representative of 17.9% APR, an annual interest rate of 17.9% (fixed) and a deposit of €0.00, the amount payable would be 53 repayments of €327.52 per month, with one final repayment of €526.52 (which includes the option to purchase fee of €199.00), with a total cost of credit of €5,385.08 and a total amount payable of €17,885.08.

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