When it comes to buying a car, you’re faced with many decisions – not least of which is how to fund it.
Over the years, car finance has become an increasingly popular option with buyers. In a nutshell, car finance can help you spread the cost of a new vehicle, rather than having to pay the full amount upfront. A good alternative if, like many, you don’t have a lump sum of cash readily available.
But with so many types of car finance options out there, it can be tricky to choose the most suitable way to fund your purchase.
So, to help you navigate through the maze and make the right choice for you, we’ve cut through the jargon to look at the main types of car finance and their pros and cons.
You can read more about what car finance entails using our guide: Car finance explained: What is it and how does it work?
If you want to own your car outright by the end of your finance agreement, hire purchase (HP) is one option that is worth considering.
With a hire purchase agreement, you typically put down an initial deposit – usually around 10% -(although you don’t have to) followed by monthly payments over a fixed period. Once you have finished making the payments, you become the legal owner of the car.
If you put down a larger initial deposit, you’ll have lower monthly payments and vice-versa. Interest is added to the loan; however, much like a standard loan, it’s often possible to pay it off earlier depending on your agreement’s terms and conditions.
If you’re thinking of buying a car with a hire purchase agreement, it’s a good idea to weigh up the pros and cons first.
PCP has become an increasingly popular choice for car finance over the years, with flexible options available when your term comes to an end.
PCP works a little bit like a hire purchase agreement, but there are some key differences when the term ends.
You still pay a deposit on the car you want, and there are still monthly repayments until the end of the agreement. However, when the contract ends, you have some choices as to what you can do. You can either return the car, make a lump sum payment to purchase the car in full, or part-exchange it.
It’s a slightly more complicated car finance option, so let’s look at the pros and cons.
Personal Contract Hire is a common way of leasing without worry and if you enjoy having a new car every few years.
Personal contract hire works similarly to PCP, but with one major difference. With PCH, you make an initial deposit followed by monthly payments for a fixed term, but there’s no option to purchase at the end of the agreement – you hand the car back.
If you’re looking for more flexibility and have no plans to buy the car at the end of a PCP, personal contract hire could be the right option for you.
|Deposit required||Fixed monthly payments||Own car outright||Secured against car?||Mileage limit||Risk of depreciation||Early settlement option||Fines for damage|
|Personal Contract Purchase||Yes (lower)||Yes||Optional||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Personal Contract Hire||Yes (lower)||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes|
Different types of car financing will suit different needs and circumstances. Whether you want the flexibility to change the car you drive more frequently or are simply looking for the most cost-effective route to car ownership, each option has its own pros and cons.
When it comes to choosing the right one for you, it’s important to take your time and understand all your options.
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|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|
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