Why You Should Steer Clear of Low Rate Car Finance Promises

Frustrated lady on laptop trying to find low rate car finance

Buying a brand-new or used car is often a serious investment. It can be tempting to offset costs by opting for a car finance agreement that guarantees astonishingly low interest rates.

However, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is! In reality, finance companies can't promise low rate car finance for all applicants. This is because they’re calculated based on individual credit scores and circumstances.

How are interest rates calculated?

So, shiny promises aside, how is car finance interest calculated? The outcome depends on many variables, including a person’s credit history, income, desired vehicle model and deposit. 

Without a doubt, a person’s credit score is the most significant factor. This is a rating everyone has based on their financial history. This rating helps lenders to determine potential risk, interest rates and credit limits. It’s used to gauge someone’s trustworthiness and likelihood to pay back instalments. A good credit score increases your chances of securing a lower interest rate and overall monthly repayments. 

However, at My Car Credit, we understand that unforeseen circumstances can impact a person’s credit rating through no fault of their own. This is why we’re open to accepting applications from people with less than perfect financial backgrounds.

If you’d like to improve your chances of securing finance, there are plenty of simple ways to bolster your rating and generate more favourable interest rates before applying.

We can help you find the best possible interest rates

Whilst we would never promise you a low interest rate, we are in a great position to find you the best deal on car finance for your circumstances. We have the largest panel of lenders out of any UK car finance broker. This gives us the best chance of matching you to a lender with the most desirable interest rates. 

To start your journey, speak to one of our knowledgeable team members by calling 01246 458 810 or emailing enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • 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

Good

  • 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

Fair

  • 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

Poor

  • 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

Bad

  • 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
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

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

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

Can I Sell My Car with Outstanding Finance?

Man handing over car keys after clearing outstanding finance on his car

More people than ever are using finance schemes to buy new and used cars. But what happens when a person wants to sell up or trade-in before they've finished paying the outstanding amount on their contract?

It’s a question we receive time and time again at My Car Credit, so here’s everything you need to know before listing the car for sale.

Can I sell a car with outstanding hire purchase finance?

The short answer is unfortunately not. Until you settle the outstanding fees, the car belongs to the lender and isn’t yours to sell. What’s more, if you tried to make a sale without telling the buyer about the existing finance agreement, you could face severe penalties including car repossession, court proceedings and fraud charges.

However, you can work around these stipulations by contacting your finance company and asking them for a settlement figure. Once you’ve paid this, which amounts to the full sum left on your contract, the car will legally be yours to sell.

A word of warning

If you take the settlement route, it could end up costing you more money than expected thanks to early repayment and administration fees. Check with your lender beforehand to factor in these additional costs before making a final decision.

Another viable option is to visit a car dealership. Provided the settlement amount is less than the car’s total worth, you can put the difference towards a deposit for a new set of wheels. Once you’ve checked the figures, you can get a quote for a new finance deal and arrange monthly repayments with your lender.

Can I sell a car with an outstanding personal contract purchase?

Just like hire purchase agreements, the finance company legally owns the car when you take out a personal contract purchase agreement. 

If you wanted to sell, you must follow the same route of acquiring ownership through settlement beforehand.

What about a personal loan?

Personal loans work differently to car finance agreements. Assuming you paid for the car in full, you’re the legal owner of the car, and there are no restrictions when it comes to selling. 

Just remember, you’re still liable for the monthly repayments on your personal loan once you’ve handed over possession.

Voluntary termination

Some people look to sell their car because of difficulties keeping up with monthly repayments. However, in this case, an easier option could be voluntary termination.

Provided you have covered at least 50% of the total cost, and your contract includes a voluntary termination clause, you should be able to return the vehicle stress-free without making any further payments.

Are you looking for a car finance deal?

At My Car Credit, our goal is to make securing car finance as simple and accessible as possible, whatever your credit score or budget.

To find out how we can help you, give us a call on 01246 458 810 or drop us an email at enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk. One of our knowledgeable team members will get back to you as soon as possible.

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • 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

Good

  • 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

Fair

  • 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

Poor

  • 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

Bad

  • 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
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

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

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

Advice for Extending Your Car Finance Payment Holiday

man worried about extending his car finance holiday

The COVID-19 pandemic has put financial stress on millions of Brits across the country, with unemployment benefit claims recently jumping to the highest levels in more than 20 years. As a result, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has been rolling out a wave of relief packages, including payment holidays on car finance.

The scheme kicked off in March and was recently extended until October 31, offering Brits the option to defer more than six months’ worth of repayments. Read on for some advice on how the extended payment holiday works and whether you should take one.

Hugely popular scheme

As the name suggests, the car finance payment holiday allows you to take a break on payments for your car finance agreement. “If you’ve a car loan, PCP, leasing or HP deal and are struggling to pay due to coronavirus, you can get a new or extended three month payment holidays on request,” explains Martin Lewis, founder of consumer finance information website MoneySavingExpert. “They can’t repossess cars for non-payment until October 31.”

The latest data from lenders’ trade body UK Finance confirms the scheme has been hugely popular, with more than 1.9 million Brits taking advantage of payment holidays for mortgages alone. While the package is a blessing for Brits struggling to repay loans, experts stress caution should be used when deciding whether to apply for a car finance payment holiday.

A credit file footprint

The COVID-19 pandemic may have reimagined the lending landscape but that doesn’t mean your credit file will remain unaffected. While the Chancellor and FCA have confirmed car finance holidays won’t show up on your credit file, lenders can still find out if you’ve applied for deferrals and use this to negatively assess your application.

This can be done by sourcing information via a third party or looking for inconsistencies in your payment history. The FCA has confirmed this is legal and has even warned consumers about the potentially negative impacts of payment holidays. So, while a little relief in the short term is tempting, a payment holiday could impact your chances of securing loans in the future.

“If you NEED one, take it, but ONLY take it if you need it,” stresses Lewis.

Deferral, not holiday

While the scheme is marketed as a payment holiday this term can be deceiving. Holiday implies a carefree system where borrowers can forget about a payment. In reality, payments are simply deferred and can result in larger debts when the car finance holiday is over.

Factoring in interest

The option to defer payments will be hugely helpful for some. However, for those who can afford to continue paying, the advice is to do so. Excluding payday loan holidays, interest isn’t frozen and will continue to accumulate over the course of the car finance payment holiday.

Usually, repayments lower the total amount owed and gradually bring down the interest. By freezing payments you’re not lowering the total amount and as a result, interest starts to climb, and the loan will cost you more in the long run.

Car finance payment holidays have provided much-needed relief to many Brits during the COVID-19 pandemic but at the same time, they’ve also tempted many borrowers who don’t need assistance. Before applying, the best thing to do is crunch the numbers, talk to your lender and make an educated decision about whether a car finance holiday is the right decision for you. If you’re in trouble, the National Debtline is a fantastic resource.

How we can help

Whether you’re in need of a payment holiday or you’re looking to upgrade your car as things get back up and running, the team at My Car Credit is here to help. Get in touch with our team to discuss your requirements in more depth.

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • 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

Good

  • 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

Fair

  • 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

Poor

  • 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

Bad

  • 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
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

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

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

Coronavirus Outbreak: Can I Get a Car Finance Payment Holiday?

Many households are having to endure significant changes to their personal finances in recent weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the introduction of incentives such as mortgage payment holidays have eased the pressure on some families, there are still questions for motorists who are struggling to pay monthly fees for their vehicles.

With around 9 in 10 new cars in Britain bought using some sort of finance, the coronavirus outbreak will certainly be causing concern for many drivers who have a shrinking budget. If you are looking for some relief on your car finance payment due to COVID-19, here is what you should know….

Tell your finance provider straight away

All lenders are required by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to work with their customers to come to an arrangement that is in the interests of fair and appropriate customer outcomes. This includes offering payment holidays of up to three months for customers who’s individual or household income has been affected directly by COVID-19.

Communication is key. If you are a customer suffering financial difficulty or are anticipating payment problems due to the coronavirus, get in touch with your lender as soon as possible. Be aware that call volumes will be very high at the moment, and most lenders will be working with an unprecedented number of concerns. Use online forms and emails where possible. Some lenders may have moved employees from sales and new business acquisition to client support. They may also pause new lending to support their existing client base. Be patient when contacting your lender.

Work with your lender

The solutions will vary from lender to lender and customer to customer. Keep in mind that lenders will be underwriting whilst giving consideration to customers in different circumstances, so two people may not get the same outcome. Discuss your concerns with your lender and work together to find an answer that best suits your circumstances. Not all lenders will be able to offer you a car finance payment holiday, but they will be sympathetic to your situation and can advise on further action to take.

Understand the consequences

If your lender is able to offer you a car finance payment holiday, be sure that you understand its impact. In most cases, if you take a payment holiday for two months, your loan will be extended for two months to cover the missed payments. Also, there should be no impact to your credit score. However, it will be visible on your credit file.

During the pandemic, you will have the option to stop your monthly car finance payments temporarily for a period of up to three months, which in some cases may mean you will accrue additional interest charges. At the end of the car finance payment holiday, the finance company will recalculate the remaining monthly payments and may increase them slightly to cover the cost of unpaid fees.

Contacting your lender

Are you struggling to pay your car finance payment? You can easily access lender contact details for many of My Car Credit’s finance panel. Get in touch with them today to discuss your circumstances.

If you are concerned about the financial impacts of COVID-19 or are experiencing financial difficulties, the following not-for-profit organisations also provide free, confidential and impartial debt advice and support:

Citizens Advice – www.adviceguide.org.uk

National Debtline – www.nationaldebtline.co.uk

Money Advice Service – www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

If you need any further advice, the team at My Car Credit is here to help. We have years of experience in handling unique client cases. We are following Government guidelines and industry updates on dealing with the coronavirus and its consequences. Get in touch on 01246 458 810 or email us at enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • 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

Good

  • 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

Fair

  • 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

Poor

  • 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

Bad

  • 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
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

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

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

What to Do If You Can’t Pay Car Finance Because of COVID-19

calculator being used to work out how to pay car finance

The coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption in everyone’s lives across the UK. From the way we work to weekly supermarket shopping, COVID-19 has impacted all of us. While it continues to cause all sorts of stress around health, financial wellbeing is an escalating issue for many. If you’re worried that you can’t pay car finance or make your monthly repayments because of COVID-19, read on to find out what your options are.

Over two million car finance agreement were transacted in 2019 alone, meaning a lot of people will be worried about how they will make their payments in the months to come.

If you’ve bought a car on finance and can no longer afford it because you’ve been laid off, furloughed, or have seen a significant drop in your income, here is what you should know about your options to secure more affordable car payments.

Review your paperwork

Look over the paperwork that you signed when taking out your car finance plan. Read through the wording and check if there are any notes about relief and special circumstances. Understanding your contract will help when you contact the lender. Double-check the documentation on consumer rights. For more information about your contract, take a look at our Adequate Explanation videos.

Contact your lender

Once you have reviewed your paperwork, the next step is to contact your financial provider directly. We can also provide you with the contact details for most of My Car Credit’s panel of lenders.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) requires all lenders to work with their customers to come to a fair and appropriate financial arrangement. If an individual or household income has been affected directly by COVID-19, lenders are offering payment holidays of up to three months which should allow you to keep the car moving forward.

Handing your car back

During the COVID-19 pandemic, lenders should, wherever possible, consider offering a solution that will enable you to keep your vehicle (if that is your wish), ensuring you can afford any monthly payments and allowing you to retain contractual rights such as voluntary termination.

If your car is financed by a Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) or Hire Purchase, you are allowed to hand it back to the finance company if you have already paid off 50% or more of the total amount payable, including any interest and fees. Note that if you cancel the contract, you will not get any extra money back. If you have yet to pay off 50% of the total amount payable, you will have to make up the difference.

As per your agreement with the lender, charges may apply for damage to the car over and above reasonable wear and tear. You may also incur a fee for ending the agreement early.

In many cases, you will be able to keep your vehicle. Even if you’re coming to the end of your PCP agreement, you can refinance the balloon payment instead of paying a large lump sum of cash to keep the vehicle. This is something that My Car Credit can help you with so get in touch if you think balloon refinancing is the right option for you.

Expert financial advice and support

My Car Credit can help you throughout this troubling time. We make the car finance process simple and hassle-free. Our agents are experts in the industry and stay updated on the latest offerings and relief available throughout the pandemic. For more information, call us on 01246 458 810 or email us at enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you are concerned about the financial impacts of COVID-19 or are experiencing financial difficulties, the following not-for-profit organisations also provide free, confidential and impartial debt advice and support:

Citizens Advice – www.adviceguide.org.uk

National Debtline – www.nationaldebtline.co.uk

Money Advice Service – www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • 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

Good

  • 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

Fair

  • 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

Poor

  • 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

Bad

  • 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
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

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

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

5 Different Ways to Pay for a Car

white car in dealership being bought using a car loan

Once you have taken a test drive in your shiny new motor, it can be tempting to throw caution to wind and not worry too much about how you’re going to pay for it. Unfortunately, this is all too common for car owners across the UK. Before you sign on any dotted line, you should know how you aim to pay for the vehicle, whether you decide to hand over cash or take out car finance.

If you’re in the market for your next ‘new-to-you’ vehicle, take a look at the different ways to pay for a car.

How to pay for a car

  1. Cash
    As long as you’d have enough savings left over to cover other major purchases or unexpected costs in the future, paying cash is a great way to buy a car. Paying cash means that you own the vehicle straight away. If you get into financial difficulties, you have the option to sell the vehicle and keep the cash from the sale. If you have a car finance agreement such as a leasing or hire purchase, this isn’t possible.

    If you don’t have quite enough savings to buy the car outright, you could use them to give you the biggest deposit possible, so you end up spending less on loan interest.

    Before you pay cash, think about your future finances. Are you planning any other large purchases over the next few years, such as buying a house? If so, you may want to save some cash and consider financing the vehicle.

  2. Hire Purchase
    This option is increasingly popular for the purchase of new cars. Typically, you will put down a deposit of 10%, and then make fixed monthly payments over an agreed time period. This means that you won’t own the vehicle until the last payment has been made. However, this route does make purchasing a vehicle more manageable. Even those motorists with poor credit can get accepted for car financing.

    Hire purchase agreements are convenient to arrange and can be competitive for newer vehicles. There is also a fixed interest rate and monthly payments with no annual mileage conditions or fines for wear and tear.

  3. Personal Contract Purchase (PCP)
    This type of car finance deal is similar to a hire purchase agreement, but you usually make lower monthly payments. With a personal contract purchase, you have an ‘optional final payment’ at the end of the car finance plan, often referred to as the ‘balloon payment.’ You are able to defer some of the cost of the car to be paid at the end of the plan, making the monthly payments cheaper.

    Instead of getting a loan for the total cost of the car, you get a loan for the difference between its sale price and its predicted value at the end of the hire agreement.

    In a PCP, you decide how much of a deposit you want to make and estimate your annual mileage and the length of the contract. Typically, this type of car finance plan is between 3 and 5 years.

    At the end of the term, you can:

    • Trade the car in and start over again;
    • Hand the car back to the dealer and pay nothing; or
    • Pay a final payment (balloon payment) and keep the vehicle.

  4. Conditional Sale

    A conditional sale is similar to a hire purchase agreement, but you pay higher monthly payments and don’t have a fee to pay at the end of the term. Like a hire purchase, you do not own the car until the car finance plan has been paid in full. Typically, you put down 10% of the car’s value as a deposit, and repayment terms last between 2 and 6 years, making this option ideal for those who want to keep the car at the end of the plan without paying a final fee.

  5. Credit Cards

    Using a credit card to buy your new car can be a cost-effective way of getting a new set of wheels that allows you to buy the car outright on the day. To buy all or a portion of a car with a credit card, you must first ask the dealer if they accept credit card payments as many do not. If they do, they could charge a hefty processing fee that you need to consider.

    It is best to use a credit card that has a 0% interest offer to buy the car outright and then split the repayments over the interest-free period so that the balance is cleared by the time you’re due to be charged interest.

    Putting your new car on a credit card gives you repayment flexibility as long as you meet the minimum payment every month. However, if you only repay the minimum repayment every month, it may take much longer to repay your borrowing amount.

Getting a car on finance? Here’s what to look out for

Before you take out a car on finance, here are a few things to look out for:

• Make sure you can afford the monthly payment – not just now, but for the whole term of the loan.
• Ask the lender what will happen if you struggle to pay one month, and what options you have if you couldn’t afford to pay.
• Compare the total cost of borrowing, including all charges over the full term of the loan.
• Compare interest rates from different lenders. Remember that a larger deposit usually means you have a lower interest rate.
• Consider working with car credit specialists to land the right finance plan.

Find out if you can get car finance

At My Car Credit, we aim to help you through every step of the car finance process to make the process as hassle-free as possible.
For an instant quote, and to see what car finance plan you can be eligible for, please use our simple car finance calculator.

We are open 7 days a week, and our website is full of helpful tips, guidelines and answers to any questions you have.
For more information, call us on 01246 458 810 or email us at enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk.

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • 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

Good

  • 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

Fair

  • 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

Poor

  • 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

Bad

  • 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
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

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

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

Can I Pay a Car Loan with a Credit Card?

Woman paying her car loan using a black credit card online

Buying a new or second-hand vehicle can be expensive. Ordinarily, they’re expensive enough that consumers resort to loans to pay them off over time. However, with car financing, buying a vehicle can be a reasonably affordable venture. If you’re thinking about paying a car loan with a credit card or you believe it is your only option, here is what you should consider.

Can I pay a car loan with a credit card?

Whether you can make a car payment with a credit card will largely depend on your auto loan lender. Some lenders will accept credit card payments without question. Other lenders may accept credit card payments but charge a hefty processing fee. If this is the case, you will have to calculate whether paying with your credit card is worth the fee. Bear in mind that many lenders do not allow direct payment by credit card.

Generally, paying off debt with credit is a no-go for more finance companies. If you can avoid paying your car loan with a credit card, you should. Before you do anything, talk to your lender to see if they accept credit card payments.

How to pay off a car loan with a credit card

First and foremost, check that your lender will accept a credit card payment. If they do, ask if there are any processing fees. If you are happy to proceed, you can transfer your auto loan balance to the card.

When paying off a car loan with a credit card, it is best to use a card with 0% interest. Often, these are introductory offers that can last from a couple of months to a couple of years. If you can finish paying off your card payments in full during that introductory period, you will not accrue or need to pay any interest on your loan’s total. Once the offer ends, you may be charged anywhere from 15 – 30% APR on the remaining balance.

Using a credit card to pay off your car loan can save you money – but only if you have a repayment plan that you stick to.

Alternative ways to pay

If you don’t have a credit card with 0% interest or you don’t have the funds to pay off the card before the offer expires, then you can look into alternative ways of paying for your vehicle.

At My Car Credit, we make the car financing process quick and hassle-free. You can apply, sign paperwork, and get approved online from the comfort of your home.

We’ll work with your financial needs, whether you have poor credit, are self-employed or have other requirements. Apply today to find out if you’ll get accepted – there’s no impact on your credit score!

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • 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

Good

  • 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

Fair

  • 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

Poor

  • 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

Bad

  • 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
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

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

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

Can I Buy a Car with a Credit Card?

Man handing over blue credit card to buy a car

Buying a car can be expensive. When you’re in the market for a new or used vehicle, it’s smart to shop around to ensure you’re getting the right car at the best price. Part of this is considering financing.

Unless you have enough cash stashed away to pay for your new ride, you’ll need a personal loan or car financing to complete the purchase.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you may be tempted to purchase the car through a credit card. But can you buy a new car with a credit card? It’s a good question – Here’s what you should know.

Can I buy a car with a credit card?

The simple answer is yes – you can purchase a card with a credit card. But before you do, you should find out if the dealership even offers that option. Most of the time, they won’t let you charge the entire purchase price of your car. Some dealers will have a limit on the value of an individual purchase, so check before you sign up. 

The process of buying a car on a credit card is the same as buying anything else on a credit card. The full amount is charged to the card, and then you pay the credit card company back over time while paying interest on the outstanding amount. Unlike some other loans, you won’t have to pay a set amount each month. This gives you more freedom to choose how much you pay back each month, as long as you meet the minimum monthly payments. 

Are there downsides to buying a car on credit?

As mentioned previously, certain dealerships may not accept credit cards as complete payment. If a dealership does accept credit card payments, be aware that there may be a surcharge, which is often an unexpected expense.

If you don’t qualify for a 0% credit card, keep in mind that the typical APR rate is 10-15%, which is higher than most loans. Since most 0% deals also only last a couple of years, it would be best to either pay off the card before the 0% offer ends or transfer the balance to another card. In this case, it can be difficult and time-consuming to keep on top of it to avoid unnecessary fees. 

When should you consider buying a car with a credit card?

If you’re thinking about buying a cheap or second-hand car with a 0% interest rate offer, then it can make sense to charge it to your credit card. Before you go this route, however, make sure you can afford to pay off your car fairly quickly. If you don’t, you may end up paying standard APR rates – which are higher than the rates you’d receive from a good car financing company.

Secure, reliable car financing

While you can buy a car with a credit card, doing so isn’t always the right decision. With My Car Credit, securing reliable and affordable car financing has never been easier.

We’re fully FCA compliant, so our customers know exactly what they’re getting from us. We work with a range of motorists to find the right finance plan that suits their needs, from people with poor credit to those who are self-employed.

To get started on your tailored car financing, use our free car finance calculator and then apply to get a decision on car finance without impacting your credit profile. We look forward to working with you.

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • 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

Good

  • 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

Fair

  • 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

Poor

  • 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

Bad

  • 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
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.240, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

My Car Credit is a credit broker and not a lender.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

How Does Car Finance Work in the UK?

White car bought on finance driving past the houses of parliament in London

Affordable car finance plans are becoming more popular in the UK. But how exactly does the car financing process work? What are the criteria to being accepted for car finance? And are there different types of car financing?

In this post, we’ll explore everything you need to know about how car finance works in the UK. But first…

What is car finance?

For some people, buying a car outright just isn’t possible. For this reason, more and more people are opting for car finance plans as an alternative. Car finance is a great way to get the car you want. Especially, if you can’t afford the expense of one big, upfront payment for it.

Car finance allows you to drive the car without having to pay a lump sum upfront. Instead, you will be paying monthly payments for the car. It’s essentially a loan to cover the cost of the car, which allows you to spread the cost over a period of several months or years.

The lender does own the car until you have paid the borrowed amount, plus any interest or additional charges in full. However, you have full use of the car whilst you are still paying your monthly payments. And when you’ve paid in full, the car is yours to keep if that’s what you opt for.

Who is eligible for car finance?

There are many factors that can impact your eligibility for car finance. Firstly, you must be at least 18-years old and be a resident of the UK. Most car finance companies will not take on temporary residents.

Credit scores will also be taken into consideration. The higher (or better) your score, the more likely you are to be approved for a car finance plan. Lenders will also look at your employment. Things can become slightly more complicated if your income is reliant on benefits or you are retired.

If you are in stable, long term employment, this can increase the likelihood of car finance lenders approving you. However, even if you have poor credit or bad credit, it is still possible to get car finance with My Car Credit.

On top of all that, the car you’re looking to finance will also be taken into consideration. Costs aside, it needs to be less than eight years old when your agreement begins and less than twelve years old when the agreement ends.

How does financing a car work?

Most car finance plans can be tailored to you. You can opt for a bigger initial deposit to reduce monthly payments or a longer duration to spread the cost out further. The amount you pay each month, interest rates, the terms of the agreement and the length of your car finance plan will all vary, depending on what suits you and the lender best.

To begin with, there are a few different types of car finance:

Hire Purchase:

  • The simplest form of car finance
  • Allows you to spread the cost, plus interest, across a set period of time
  • Deposit is not always necessary, but an initial deposit will bring down the monthly costs and you can trade in your old car as a deposit
  • The lender simply takes the price of the car (minus any deposit) and adds interest. The final figure is then divided over the term agreed, usually between two and five years
  • Monthly payments will never change and there is never a big payment at the end of your plan
  • Once you have finished paying the car finance plan, the car is yours

There are some pros and cons to Hire Purchase. For example, there is a fixed interest rate and monthly payments with no annual mileage conditions or fines for wear and tear. However, you will not own the car until you have finished paying the car finance plan.

Personal Contract Purchase:

Although it offers lower monthly repayment options than the Hire Purchase route, this type of agreement is a bit more complicated. With a Personal Contract Purchase, you have an ‘optional final payment’ at the end of your car finance plan. This is sometimes known as the ‘balloon payment’. By deferring some of the cost of the car to be paid at the end of the plan, the monthly payments are cheaper.

For the Personal Contract Purchase, you decide how much of a deposit you want to make and estimate your annual mileage and the length of the contract. Normally, this type of car finance plan is between 3 and 5 years.

Conditional Sale:

Conditional Sale is similar to Hire Purchase, but you pay higher monthly payments and do not have a fee at the end. As soon as you have paid the car finance plan off, the car is yours.

This type of plan is perfect for people who want to keep the car at the end of the plan, with nothing to pay at the end of the car finance plan. In addition, Conditional Sale allows for longer repayment terms, usually between 2 to 6 years. However, you will not own the car until you have paid the car finance plan in full and you must pay a deposit for a Conditional Sale plan. This is usually 10% of car’s value.

For more information, take a closer look at the different car finance options available in the UK.

How do I apply to finance a car?

With My Car Credit, you can apply for car finance in just a few simple steps:

  1. Complete an application form – fill in our simple online form and we will give you an instant quote.
  2. We will get in touch with you – one of our Car Credit Specialists will get in touch with you, answer any of your questions and advise on what might be best for you.
  3. Choose a car from a dealer – we don’t mind if you have already found your car, just let our Car Credit Specialist know when they contact you. If not, we have some trusted dealers who can help.
  4. Say hello to your new car – we will do all the legwork with the lender and dealer, without it costing you anything.

Get in touch with us today

For an instant quote, use our car finance calculator. It takes into consideration your credit score and is simple to use. With the largest panel of lenders of any UK car finance broker, our chances of finding you the right car finance agreement are increased. We are open 7 days a week, you can call us on 01246 458 810 or email us at enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk.

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • 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

Good

  • 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

Fair

  • 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

Poor

  • 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

Bad

  • 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
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

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

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

How Much Does Car Finance Cost? Check Now!

Calculator on desk used to work out how much car finance costs

Picturing yourself behind the steering wheel of that new car? Then it’s time to look at car financing options. But with your finger hanging over the button to submit your online application, there is usually one question burning in the back of your mind... How much will it cost me to finance my car?

While costs and rates can vary from person to person, depending on their circumstances, My Car Credit aims to keep things simple.

Read on to see how we do our calculations and make every effort to get you the best car finance deal available from our large panel of lenders.

1. APR Calculator

First off, to get a rough idea of the finance charges on a new car loan, try out our car cost calculator. By entering the relevant details, you will get an indication of the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) and have an overall view of all the costs involved, including the cost of monthly payments. Nothing is set in stone, with zero obligation on your end. But now that you have an estimate to work with, you can send in your application and let us do all the hard work for you.

2. Our Process

Once your application has been submitted, we first make sure we have everything we need. After the compliance phase, we look at suitability, eligibility, affordability and vulnerability by means of an aggregator.

This one-of-a-kind decision-making system aims to find our customers the best possible deal without affecting their credit rating or even slowing down their application. By automating and streamlining this part of the process we can provide consistent, compliant and auditable decisions for our clients, without adding any additional costs.

With comprehensive car finance offerings (from poor credit right through to excellent credit) and loads of experience backing our efforts, we are primarily concerned with making this testing part of the car buying journey a faster, hassle-free and more enjoyable experience. The last thing we want is for you to be plagued by unnecessary delays, costs or extra paperwork.

3. Car finance options

As part of Evolution Funding, we have access to a large pool of car loan companies. This means we can submit to more than 34 finance lenders at the same time and hunt down the sweetest deal for every individual, no matter how unique their circumstances.

With all these means at our disposal, we are better placed to find you the package that best suits your means than any other car finance broker.

4. Communication

We know how frustrating it can be to be in the dark. There is nothing worse than a lack of communication. That’s why we stay in touch and give updated feedback every step of the way, keeping you informed of how your application is progressing and what options are available to you. Our aim is to provide unequalled communication to our customers.

Find out how much a car loan costs

If you want to find out how much car finance costs, it couldn’t be simpler with My Car Credit. Click apply now, fill in your details and get a clear estimate for the cost of your car finance. It’s that easy.

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • 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

Good

  • 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

Fair

  • 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

Poor

  • 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

Bad

  • 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
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

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

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!