Car finance is growing in popularity in the UK. In fact, the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) recently announced that consumer car finance has increased by 39% from February 2021 to February 2022.

Why? Car finance is an affordable, accessible way of purchasing a new or nearly new vehicle. There are various kinds of car finance available, depending on the circumstances of the buyer, and many lenders will now work to provide car finance to those with a poor credit rating.

If you’re new to the car finance world, you may be wondering how to actually finance a car. This article is here to help you gauge what to look for when considering car finance, helping you to stay in the driving seat.

How to finance a car: 4 steps

Establish your priorities

There’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach – different kinds of car finance will suit different people differently! One of the best ways to work out which type of car finance would suit you is by asking yourself key questions.

Are you looking for a new or nearly-new vehicle? Would you prefer to own your car at the end of your car finance deal, or will you plan to sell it? What kind of credit score are you working with? Can you work with mileage and other usage caps?

Once you’ve got an idea of the answers, you’ll be better able to tailor your car finance search.

Ask yourself what you can afford

Remember, car finance can be made up of different kinds of payment, depending on which finance option you opt for (more on that later). You need to ascertain what you’re able to afford, so that you can choose a deal that suits you.

You may prefer higher monthly repayments and a shorter term or lower deposit, or favour things the other way around. If you want to purchase the car at the end of the finance term, you’ll need to factor in this one-off payment. Remember, if you opt for a finance term with mileage or other limits, you may face penalties if you exceed these.

Your credit score will play a significant role in the kind of car finance you can secure. Higher credit scores tend to result in lower interest rates and better deals, but plenty of car finance providers can still work with you if you have a poor credit score – just be sure to determine who these are from the beginnings of your search.

Decide which car finance is for you

There are different kinds of car finance – your perfect deal depends on your needs. The most common are car loans, personal contract purchase, hire purchase, and personal contract hire. All of them involve making affordable monthly repayments over a pre-determined period of time, alongside interest.

We’ve written plenty about the pros and cons of these different kinds of car finance elsewhere – just browse the hundreds of helpful blogs and articles that we’ve compiled – but a quick summary goes as follows:

  • Car loans are like a personal loan, making them more expensive and better for those with good credit scores, but you will own the car from the get-go.
  • Personal contract purchase is a flexible option and you can opt to purchase the car at the end of the finance term.
  • At the end of hire purchase, you’ll automatically own the car and you’re paying less interest, but your monthly repayments are higher.
  • Personal contract hire is essentially a long-term rental with mileage caps but lower monthly repayments.

Reach out to car finance providers

Now that you know what kind of car finance terms you’re looking for, you can reach out to car finance providers, many of whom will have an online application process to determine whether you’re suitable for car finance.

At My Car Credit, we make things easier by comparing deals across our large network of trusted lenders. You’ll get a no-obligation quote within minutes with simple, straightforward online applications. You just tell us about yourself and your priorities, and we’ll use our unique technology and stellar network with the best lenders to find the right car finance deal for your circumstances.

Car finance made easy

Don’t panic if you still have questions about how to finance a car – My Car Credit’s friendly team of specialist advisors are available to answer any questions that you may have.

We aim to take the stress out of the search, so get in touch today on 01246 458 810 or email enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk.

Representative APR 8.9%

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 8.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 8.86%, 47 monthly payments of £184.94 followed by 1 payment of £194.94 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £1,387.12, total amount payable is £8,887.12.

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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