Car finance is a popular option for all kinds of drivers, not least those getting their first car. But what about buyers who haven’t actually passed their test? There are lots of people out there who want to buy a car ready for the moment they pass or even learn and take their test in a new set of wheels.

In this post, we’ll explain whether you can get car finance with a provisional licence and the limitations in doing so.

Car finance with a provisional licence

The good news for the people mentioned above is that you can get car finance with a provisional licence. The main requirement is that you’re legally able to drive the car you’re buying.

With a provisional licence, that simply means you need someone with you who is over 21 years old and has held their own full licence for three or more years. Or a qualified driving instructor, of course. It’s also worth noting that you’ll need to be at least 17 years old, even though you can apply for a provisional licence once you reach 15 years and 9 months.

Because you haven’t passed your test (and there’s no guarantee you will), lenders may put some limitations on the kind of car they will help you finance – and how much you can borrow. An upper limit of around £25,000 can be expected, although this depends on affordability.

If you want to increase your chances of success or get more freedom when it comes to your car finance options with a provisional licence, consider the following:

  • Joint application – You can apply for joint car finance with someone living at the same address.
  • Guarantor – Getting someone to guarantee your loan will give lenders the reassurance they need.

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  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
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Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 12.4%, annual interest rate (fixed) 12.36%, 47 monthly payments of £196.44 followed by 1 payment of £206.44 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £1,939.12, total amount payable is £9,439.12.

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Please ensure you can afford the repayments for the duration of the loan before entering into a credit agreement.

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