Millions of new and used vehicles are purchased using finance every year in the UK. When securing funds, most motorists choose between two popular options – car finance or personal loan. Both are designed to get you behind the wheel of your dream car, though each option has its own pros and cons.

Car finance: options and ownership

Car finance is an umbrella term used to describe several types of auto loans, including options like Hire Purchase (HP), Personal Contract Purchase (PCP), Personal Contract Hire (PCH) and Conditional Sale. Each option is slightly different in terms of deposits, monthly payments, legal ownership and end-of-term options.

Pros of car finance:

Lower initial costs: Initial deposits are generally lower for car finance, compared to purchasing a vehicle outright. This can be an advantage if you want to retain capital and keep your upfront expenses as low as possible.

Flexibility in ownership:

What’s more flexible, car finance or loan? Depending on the type of agreement, car finance generally offers options at the end of the term, including owning the car outright or upgrading to a new model.

Access to new models: Car finance options like Personal Contract Hire are designed to get you into the driver’s seats of the latest models. The chance to drive newer or more expensive models that may otherwise be outside your budget is a major benefit for some motorists.

Maintenance included: Some car finance options include maintenance packages which takes the stress out of ownership.

Cons of car finance:

Monthly payments: While monthly payments may be lower, they accumulate interest over time which can increase the total cost of your loan.

Ownership delays: With some car finance options, you don’t own the car outright until the final payment is made. This can be an important factor when deciding between car finance or personal loan. 

Personal loan: simple and straightforward

A personal loan sees you borrow the full amount needed to purchase a car outright. You drive away as the legal owner of the vehicle and make monthly repayments to your lender to cover the cost of the loan, plus interest.

Pros of personal loans:

Instant ownership: With a personal loan, you own the car from day one. For many motorists, this makes the car finance or loan decision easy.

No mileage restrictions: Unlike some car finance agreements which come with mileage restrictions, personal loans give you the freedom to drive as much as you like without worrying about penalties.

Cons of personal loans:

Higher interest rates: Unless you have a stellar credit score, personal loans can come with higher interest rates compared to some car finance options.

Strict eligibility criteria: Securing a personal loan generally requires a good credit score, and eligibility criteria can be more stringent.

Higher initial costs: Personal loans often call for larger upfront payments.

Enjoy tailored auto finance with My Car Credit

Need help deciding between car finance or loan? Want to find out if car finance is easier to get than a loan?

At My Car Credit, we appreciate that every motorist is unique. That’s why we work with every client to build tailored financing solutions to match your budget, personal preferences and ownership goals.

Give us a call on 01246 458 810 to find out more about car finance options or email us at

Rates from 9.9% APR. Representative APR 12.4%

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  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed


  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs


  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
  • You may have recently changed address
  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
  • You may have regularly applied for credit


  • You may have had frequent changes in address
  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • You may have exceeded credit card limits
  • You may have missed payments on current agreements
  • You may have had a CCJ in the past


  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • Your credit cards are over their limits
  • You have recent CCJs
  • You may have been refused credit elsewhere
  • You may be in a debt management plan

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No impact on your credit score*

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.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

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

*Initial application is a soft search. Should you progress, some lenders may perform a hard search on your credit file.

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