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Car finance – What is the best type?

  • Hire purchase car finance
  • Personal contract purchase (PCP)
  • Personal car loans.

Below we go through the various car finance options available, what they mean and how they work. So you can decide what type of deal suits you best. Once you have all the car finance & Car loan options explained.


Alternatively, you can give us a call. Speak with one of our highly trained car finance advisors, who will give you a clear picture of the best car loan deals available to suit you.


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What is a hire purchase car finance loan?

Hire purchase is the most popular form of car finance. You find a vehicle you would like to buy and the finance company pay for it. You then pay the finance company the money back over the period you agreed


How you pay for hire purchase car finance loan

Hire purchase agreement deals work on fixed weekly or monthly re-payment plans over 1–5 years.


Who owns the car?

You do not own the vehicle until you have made your last repayment to the finance company, only then is the car legally yours.


Car finance Agreement termination

You can cancel your contract with the finance company at any time, but you will have to pay the remainder of the agreement. You may have to pay a cancellation fee but you will save on interest and the car will be yours.
If you cancel your agreement after the half way point, you will not incur any charges or penalties. You simply hand the vehicle back to the finance company, this is what you call a voluntary termination


Falling behind with car finance loan payments

They will generally give you the opportunity to catch up with your repayments, given you let them know your situation. If you persist to be late with payments the finance company can take the car back.

Read more: About hire purchase car finance



What is a personal contract purchase (PCP) car finance loan

PCP is a similar type of car finance to hire purchase you still pay monthly instalments. The difference is that your monthly payments are only paying off the depreciation of the car, rather than the entire value of the car.


Returning the vehicle at the end of the agreement can get tricky. You have to make sure the vehicle is is good condition otherwise you will be charged for damages, this can become very costly.


Also at the beginning of your agreement you will state how many miles you will drive a year, be careful how many you choose because if you go over the allowance you will be charged for it.


How you pay for a PCP car finance deal

Personal contract purchase agreements work on monthly re-payment plans over 1–5 years.


Who owns the car?

The finance company own the car during the repayment period. If you choose to buy the car at the end of the period rather than giving it back, it becomes yours once you’ve made the final balloon payment.


Falling behind with your PCP car finance payments

If you fall behind with your payments the finance company may take the car off you. They will sell it and use the money to repay your debt. If money they get is not enough you’ll have to pay the difference plus any court costs.


If you have paid half of the amount owed, you can hand the vehicle back. You will have to pay any money owed up to the time you end the agreement.

Read more: About Personal contract purchase deals


What are personal car finance loans

A car loan is the same as a personal loan, it is classed as unsecured debt. Which means you do not have to put an asset against the car loan such as a car or a house. So if you do not pay the loan on time the lender cannot take your car away.


Although your credit score will be effected, and you will struggle the next time you try to purchase anything on credit. If you buy a car with a personal loan, you own it outright.


Lenders for personal car finance loans usually only borrow to people with a good credit score. They examine your credit profile and financial background, including your current situation. They will only offer you what they believe you are able to pay back. As cars loans are unsecured, lenders tend to be a little more vigilante.


Personal loans or car loans generally range between £1,000 and £25,000 and have fixed repayment plan taken out over one to several years.

Read more: About personal car finance loans

Apply for a car finance loan

Getting a car/personal loan would be the recommended first point of call for anybody seeking to pay for a vehicle with monthly instalments. Simply because a personal loan from a bank, building society or private lender generally offer lower rates of interest.


At Socialmotors we make it our mission to obtain the lowest interest rates in the market. All repayments are at a fixed rate, so you will never have any unexpected outgoings. To get an idea of what your monthly payments could be; view our finance calculator


For a more in depth look at what car finance options are available to you please call: 0151 363 9595

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