Car. Many new and used purchase their vehicles on finance. It might be in the form of a bank loan, finance from the dealership, leasing, credit card, the trusty ‘Bank of Mum & Dad’, or myriad other forms of finance, but relatively few people with their cash anymore. A generation ago, a private car buyer with, say, £8,000 money to spend would usually have purchased a vehicle up to the value of £8,000. Today, that same £8,000 is more likely to be used as a deposit on a car worth tens of thousands, followed by up to five years of monthly payments.
With various manufacturers and dealers claiming that anywhere between 40% and 87% of car purchases are today being made on finance of some sort, it is not surprising that there are lots of people jumping on the car finance bandwagon to profit from buyers’ desires to have the newest, flashiest car available within their monthly cash flow limits. The appeal of financing a car is very straightforward; you can a lot more than you can afford up-front but can (hopefully) manage in small monthly chunks of cash over some time.
The problem with car finance is that many buyers don’t realize that they usually end up paying far more than the face value of the car, and they don’tthe fine print of car finance agreements to understand the implications of what they’re signing up for. For clarification, this author is neither pro- nor anti-finance when buying a car. What you must be wary of, however, are the full implications of financing a car – not just when you buy the vehicle, but over the entire term of the finance and even afterward. The industry is heavily regulated in the UK, but a regulator can’t make you read documents carefully or decisions.
Financing through the dealership
For many people, financing the car through the dealership where you buy the car is very convenient. There are also often national offers and programs which can make financing the car through the dealer an attractive option. This blog will focus on the two main types of car finance offered by car dealers for private car buyers: the Hire Purchase (HP) and the Personal Contract Purchase (PCP), with a brief mention of a third, the Lease Purchase (LP). Leasing contracts will be discussed in another blog coming soon.
What is a Hire Purchase?
An HP is quite like a mortgage on your house; you pay a deposit up-front and then pay the rest off over an agreed period (usually 18-60 months). Once you have made your final payment, the car is officially yours. understand (deposit plus several fixed monthly payments), and the buyer can choose the warranty and the term (number of payments) to suit their needs. You can select a period of up to five years (60 months), which is longer than most other finance options. You can cancel the agreement at aanytime without massive penalties (although the amount owing may be more than your car is worth early on in the agreement term). Usually, you will pay less in total with an HP than a PCP if you the car after the finance is paid off.has operated for many years, but it is now losing favor against the PCP option below. There are several benefits to a Hire Purchase. It is simple to