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All you need to know: Leasing or financing a used car

All you need to know: Leasing or financing a used car

Acquiring a car through car finance is a popular, convenient and cost-effective way of attaining a vehicle, but most often, people associate leasing and car finance with brand new cars, and many drivers forget that used cars can be leased just like new cars, making them excellent value for money.

Hippo Motor Finance and our sister brand  Hippo Leasing we specialise in being able to offer lease deals and finance deals for new cars as well as nearly new and used car leasing plus more traditional used car finance. This in itself is quite rare and it makes used car leasing or used car finance accessible to all with numerous benefits

Benefits of used car finance

One of the more obvious benefits relates to value. When you get a new car, whether on a lease deal or on more traditional finance like Hire Purchase, there are a number of things you are effectively funding including the mark up at the dealership plus the VAT – which goes to the government, not to the dealer. Vat is the major factor here as that’s 20% of the value wiped out right there and it’s not uncommon for a vehicle to lose between 20% to 35% in its first year and 50% over the first 3 years. Of course, if you lease or finance a used vehicle its value is effectively “knocked out” of the vehicle to use an industry phrase. All of the above translates into lower monthly payments.

In the past, buying a used car came with a certain risk attached because the car might well have mechanical or less obvious issues. By and large, modern cars are much more reliable. Serious lease and finance companies like Hippo also have a warranty for every car that leaves the premises so even if you are unlucky enough to buy a, normally very rare, car with an issue; you are largely covered by the warranty.

Another major factor is how the nearly new or used car has been prepared. Beware of used cars that might just come straight from an auction into your hands. How can the dealer be sure that you have not got a car with rare issues? They cannot. At Hippo, we conduct a thorough 124 point assessment of the vehicle and we have fixed minimum standards in place so you know that we have fixed and obvious dents etc but also gone over the mechanics of the car in our state of the art workshop. Hippo actually employs 20 mechanics and another 20 body shop specialists so we take assessment and preparation of your car very seriously which is very important when you lease or buy a used vehicle.

Industry bodies like the BVRLA (British Vehicle Renting and Leasing Association) are there to protect you as consumers – Hippo is a long term member of the BVRLA.

You don’t need to finance an old used car. The vast majority of our nearly new and used cars are less than 3 years old so you are not missing out on modern tech and reliability. Most actually still have the manufacturer’s warranty and, if not, we include an independently managed and well regarded 3 month Platinum Warranty for free, which is easily extendable.

Quicker Delivery – The lead time for a used car is way quicker than a brand new car from the manufacturer. A brand new car can take weeks or even months to get to you, as these vehicles are built from scratch by the manufacturer. Whereas all used cars are already in stock, waiting to be delivered to you within 48 hours.

A Major differentiator for Hippo is that we have 900 real cars in stock and hundreds that list is always growing. We are also perfectly placed to source any vehicle that you are looking for, if we don’t have it in stock.

With a nationwide delivery option available, your chosen car can be delivered to your doorstep, no matter where in the UK you are.

Another important point to note is that Hippo Motor Finance offers no deposit car leasing and finance deals with all our lease cars. Why tie up capital in the vehicle? These are generally straightforward deals which allow you to keep the deposit money in your pocket, so no large sums paid up front with no deposit used car leasing and finance.

How to finance a used car

At Hippo Motor Finance, the main types of used and second-hand car finance we offer are PCP (Personal Contract Plan), PCH (Personal Contract Hire) and HP (Hire Purchase).

PCP deals are the most popular and flexible form of finance. You can choose if you want to pay off the vehicle at the end by paying an agreed “balloon payment” or you can choose to hand the car back.

PCH is the purest form of leasing. You will never own the car. Think of it as a long term rental service – you get to use the vehicle but never need to worry about depreciation and if you take out a maintenance contract you pretty much don’t have to think of anything apart from the insurance and putting fuel in the car.

HP is the most traditional form of finance. Agree a set amount of interest to pay over a set period (normally two to five years), pay a deposit (if you want zero deposit deals are also available on all our cars), pay the regular monthly payment and at the end…the car is yours to keep.

The trick comes is recognising what is the best form of finance for you…and you only!

What is the best way to finance a used car?

So, we know how each finance plan differs, but which is best suited to you?

If you are after low monthly payments, then the choice is between PCP and PCH. These two have their own differences If you are not sure if you will want to keep the car at the end of the finance period and expect to do a regular amount of miles every year, the flexibility of PCP could well be right for you.

With PCP, you are effectively paying the difference between the cost price of the vehicle and what the finance company thinks it will be worth at the end of the agreed period. It has the added advantage of you not needing to take a risk on the value of the car at the end of this period – if the value has dropped unexpectedly – it’s not your ‘problem’ as you have a guaranteed minimum value.

If, on the other hand, the model that you chose is in demand and values have held well then you might actually have some decent value in the car and you can choose to pay the balloon payment or use this additional equity (value you have in the car) towards a deposit on another, new deal.

A straightforward lease or PCH is fantastic for those who don’t care about ever owning the vehicle and prefer to regularly

upgrade every few years. With PCH you use the car, pay for the use, hand it back and get a new one. These contracts are very popular with those under 30 who often prefer renting versus buying, it’s also getting more popular with small businesses and those who used to automatically go for PCP or HP. The advantage is you are able to change cars every contract term, ensuring you drive a car that is as young as possible for your monthly budget.

HP is often the best for those who like to have something to show for their payments at the end of the agreement period as you will own the vehicle outright once you have made all of your payments.

The monthly payment will likely be more than for PCP or PCH when you compare the same vehicle but if you expect to do a lot of mileage or want to own the vehicle at the end, then a hire purchase agreement is likely to be the best choice for you.

This form of finance can be a smart option for used car finance as you still get a good, solid car but the monthly payment will be reduced to reflect the drop in cost you get from buying a nearly new or used car. As you are buying the car in instalments, there is also no need to estimate your annual mileage, so there is also no excess mileage charge either, unlike PCP or PCH.

How to finance a used car with Hippo Motor Finance

Ordinarily, when looking for a used car lease you will have to look for a car yourself, and then look for a way to finance it. Thankfully, you can save precious time and energy with Hippo Finance.

We merge these two tasks together, by having our vehicles in stock and also being a finance broker. We have 900 used and nearly new cars in stock at Hippo Leasing and finance plus another 600 cars we have bought and on the way to us including a number of prized demo models. We also have close relationships with all the major lenders through Hippo Motor Finance, successfully dealing with all kind of credit – in fact, we have a proven panel of 14 leading lenders.

Simply let us know how much you can afford, and we’ll work out the best finance option that suits you plus offer you a range of cars that suit your needs from our huge selection of assessed, prepped and warranted cars. – Used car leasing and finance could not be easier than the below four easy steps

1.  Apply for car finance

You can apply online or over the phone, it’s a quick process where we’ll take some simple details such as employment information and your address in order to provide the best car finance option at the best rate for your personal circumstances. Please remember that we use soft search in the first instance to protect your credit rating so it’s easy to do and you are protected.

2. Get accepted

We deal with all kinds of financial backgrounds and credit, approving many when they have been turned away elsewhere. Equally, we have a huge panel of 14 proven lenders including the leading Prime lenders so you won’t miss out on a good deal. We will work closely with yourself to ensure you’re kept up to date with the decision from the lenders through your dedicated, helpful and knowledgeable account manager or we can do most of the work via email if you prefer.

3. Choose your car

We’ll give you suggestions for the ideal car for you, your personal needs and your budget. If you’ve already seen a car you like and we don’t have it, let us know and we’ll source an identical car for you or simply produce it from our in stock cars. The car is prepped to the highest standards meaning that you can get effortless finance and car choice in one place!

4. Have your car delivered or collect

Once you’ve been approved and you’ve signed for your car, you can choose to collect it or you can get it delivered to your front door. If you are local to the Lancashire area or don’t mind making the journey, you can come to our state of the art showroom near Blackburn and drive it away the same day. If you don’t have the time or are too far, we can deliver anywhere in the UK.

Hippo Motor Finance can find the perfect used car finance deal for your unique needs, so why not see what we can do for you and your circumstances? Apply for car finance today or give us a call on 01254 956 777  to discuss the best options for your used car finance deal.

Representative Example of Credit

We expect more than 51% of our customers to achieve this rate.

Loan Amount Total Cost of Credit Representative APR 60 Monthly Payments Deposit Amount Loan Term Total Amount Payable
£7,500 £3831 19.1% APR £188.85 £0 60 Months £11,331

All offers are subject to change at any time, you must be 18 or over and finance is subject to status, vehicle availability and terms and conditions apply. We can introduce you to a limited number of finance companies, a commission may be received. Failure to maintain payments may result in termination of your agreement and the vehicle being returned, this could affect your credit rating and make it more difficult to obtain credit in the future. All prices correct at time of publication.

We purchase a wide variety of vehicles from all over the country to ensure the best quality and value for our customers, all of our cars go through a thorough inspection process and if they do not meet our standards we do not sell them. We endeavour to inform our customers (where possible) the provenance of the vehicle they are buying and as such we will always inform you if the vehicle has previously been either an ex fleet or hire car. Should your vehicle be an ex hire/fleet car please do not be concerned as we would never value this vehicle differently when you come to part exchange it and there is no difference to the CAP valuation either.

You should try and estimate the distance you will travel as accurately as possible to try and avoid excess mileage charges at the end of your contract.

All pictures and/or photos and car descriptions on this site are for illustration and reference purposes only and are not necessarily the vehicle on offer. All offers are subject to change at any time and are subject to finance approval and vehicle availability. All prices correct at time of publication. E & OE.

Hippo Vehicle Solutions t/a Hippo Motor Finance is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. FRN 658076. We are a Credit Broker not a Lender and can introduce you to a limited number of lenders. Subject to status and to UK residents only (excl. the Channel Islands). Individuals must be 18 or over. Guarantees and indemnities may be required. We typically receive a fixed commission calculated by reference to the vehicle model, product or amount you borrow, for introducing you to a lender but this does not affect the interest charged on the agreement, all of which are set by the lender. Images for illustrative purposes only. Hippo Vehicle Solutions t/a Hippo Motor Finance is an Appointed Representative of AutoProtect (MBI) Limited for insurance distribution purposes. AutoProtect (MBI) Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Its firm reference number is 312143. You can check this at

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