Car Loan Early Repayment – Is It Worth It?

Woman repaying her car loan early online

There are many reasons why people consider paying off their car finance early. But whether you are eligible to do so depends on your personal circumstances, as well as the details of your car finance agreement.

You should expect to pay a settlement fee if you opt for early repayment of your car loan. As such, whether or not early repayment is worth it will vary from person to person, but you do need to think hard about whether you can afford to do so.

What is an ERC?

An ERC (early repayment charge, also known as a settlement figure or resettlement fee) is a penalty charge that you’ll likely have to make if you opt for early repayment of your car loan. This charge typically amounts to two months’ worth of interest, depending on your lender. Whether or not your car finance lender will charge you an ERC, depends on their policies and the type of car finance agreement you have.

Before you decide on an early repayment, it’s essential to know whether you may be liable to pay an ERC, so check with your finance provider first. Once you’ve asked them for this figure, you usually have around 28 days to decide if you want to proceed with the early repayment of your car loan.

How does car loan early repayment impact your credit score?

You may think that making an early repayment of your car loan would improve your credit score, but this isn’t necessarily the case.

If you pay off your car loan early, the account will show as closed within your credit report. It’s only open accounts that have an impact on your credit score, and other lenders sometimes like to see these accounts, so they can gauge how timely you are with repaying your debt. However, once your car finance account is closed, any benefit on your overall finance management won’t be evident on your credit report.

If you need your credit report to work in your favour – for example, if you’re applying for a mortgage or re-mortgaging – then you may be better off keeping your car finance open on your credit report.

Is it worth early repayment of a car loan?

Whether or not the early repayment of your car finance is worth it depends entirely on your situation and the terms of your agreement. You need to ask yourself whether you can truly afford the early repayment or settlement fees, and whether it might be beneficial to stay in the finance deal for the sake of your credit score.

Other factors to consider include whether you’re in negative equity. Essentially, if the settlement figure that you’ll have to make for early termination is higher than the value of the car, it’s probably worth waiting out your car finance term in full until you’re in positive equity.

Similarly, if you’re already close to the end of your finance term, it’s likely cheaper to stick to your current finance deal and finish all of your repayments, rather than face the settlement (ERC) fee.

Returning the vehicle

Another factor to consider if you’re on either HP or PCP finance is whether you want to return the car at the end of the finance term. Under the Consumer Credit Act of 1974, you can opt for ‘voluntary termination’ of the agreement, provided you’ve already paid half the cost of the car or will make up the difference between what you’ve paid and that number. However, if you do so, you won’t be able to return the car to the finance provider – you will be its legal owner.

This may be beneficial if the car’s value is higher than that of your remaining payments, as, once you’ve paid any settlement fee, you can then sell the car on and make a profit. But you may still be charged by your lender if you opt for voluntary termination. This amount is capped by law, but it’s still worth considering. Companies may also react badly to frequent voluntary terminations on your credit file, too.

Discuss your car finance needs today

If you want to get a car finance quote, discuss early repayment of your car loan, or have any further questions about the process, you can email My Car Credit on enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk today.

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.

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 is CS Car Finance?

Cars at a dealership

When you’re financing a car, it’s important to compare all of your options to find what’s best for you. One of the options available is CS car finance – but not everyone is familiar with what it means and how it works. Read on as we outline what CS car finance is.

CS car finance explained

When it comes to car finance, CS stands for conditional sale – which goes some way to explaining how it works. The sale of the car is dependent on the buyer meeting conditions of their CS agreement.

These agreements are also known (and possibly better known) as hire purchase (HP). Here’s how it works:

  • The buyer makes monthly repayments towards the cost of their car, plus any pre-agreed interest charged by the lender.
  • Repayments are made over a course of 1-5 years. A longer term means lower monthly payments, as you’ll be spreading the cost more. However, it also means more interest overall as you’re borrowing for longer.
  • At the end of the term, you own the car. Unlike PCP, there is no option as to whether you do or don’t buy the car.
  • That also means there’s no balloon payment – by the end of your term, the car will be fully paid off.
  • An upfront payment isn’t always necessary, though it will reduce the amount left to pay each month – and, in turn, the amount of interest you pay.
  • Because you will own the car at the end of the term, there are no charges for damage, excess mileage or depreciation.

Car finance made easy

At My Car Credit, we’re dedicated to making car finance clear, simple and accessible for drivers throughout the UK. That extends from our straightforward explanations of car finance options like CS finance to our hassle-free online application process. Calculate your car loan today to put us to the test.

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.

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 Get Car Finance with a Provisional Licence?

Female learner driver

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.

Talk to our car finance experts

My Car Credit aims to make it easier to get the car you want and need, whatever your circumstances. Check your car finance eligibility online today to get started, and don’t hesitate to contact our team on enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk if you have any questions.

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.

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!

Refused Car Finance – What to Do Next

Frustrated person using laptop

Car finance can be a fantastic way to secure the keys to your dream ride. However, it’s not uncommon to be refused the first time around. There are all kinds of reasons why you may have been refused car finance, some easy to overcome and others a little more complicated.

The good news is, there are always options. If you’ve been refused car finance but believe you’re a reliable and worthy borrower, this guide is for you! Read on as we cover everything you need to know about how to deal with a rejected car finance application, what to do next and the steps you need to take to get behind the wheel of a new car.

Step 1: Understanding why you were refused car finance

The first step is to get a better idea of why you were refused car finance. Understandably, most lenders are strict about who they approve for finance. After all, a car finance loan is a big commitment and lenders want to make sure they recoup their investment. Here’s a few of the most common reasons why you may have been refused car finance:

·      A lacklustre credit score

A poor credit score is one of the most common reasons applicants are refused car finance. Most lenders use consumer credit reporting agencies such as Equifax or TransUnion to assess the suitability of car loan applicants. Equifax issues scores of between 0 and 700, with the average Brit clocking in at around 380. TransUnion rates borrowers on a 0 – 710 scale, with averages in the UK sitting at around 610. Experian is another popular agency and ranks you on a scale of 0 – 999.

It’s not always easy to maintain a glowing credit score, as many Brits know. If you’ve ever missed a payment on your credit card, you’re not alone. The latest YouGov research revealed around 15% of UK adults have defaulted on credit card payments, which can knock a decent amount of points off your credit score. The figure is even higher in London, where 19% of credit card holders have missed a payment.

·      An ambitious budget

In other cases, your budget may be too ambitious for lenders to approve. When assessing your application, lenders will consider factors such as your income and ongoing life expenses to determine if you can afford the loan. If there are any doubts, your application may be refused. 

·      Incomplete application

Your application doesn’t just offer lenders insight into your borrowing history but also your competency and organisational skills. Incomplete applications can be an instant turnoff for lenders, so it pays to give your documents a thorough once over before hitting send. 

Now you have a better idea of why you were refused car finance, let’s take a look at what to do next…

Step 2: Enlisting the help of experts

Car finance can seem complicated but with the help of experts, it doesn’t have to be. At My Car Credit we specialise in getting Brits into the driver’s seat of their dream cars, no matter what their credit score. How do we do it?

·      A large lending panel

With access to one of the largest lender panels in the country, we take a wide-reaching approach to car finance. Instead of considering just a handful of preferred lenders, we reach out to dozens of creditors across the country. This drastically improves your chances of being accepted for a car loan, no matter what your circumstances or borrowing history.

·      Award-winning technology

We’re part of Evolution Funding, one of the largest and most trusted car finance brokers in the UK. Our service is backed by their award-winning technology, making it faster and easier for us to match your loan application with the right lender. 

·      A personalised approach

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach at My Car Credit. We assess every car finance application individually, meaning you’re matched with the best possible lenders for your unique circumstances.

Step 3: Improve your chances

After you’ve developed a good understanding of why you were refused car finance and have enlisted a team of experts to help with your application, it’s time to start improving your chances. Here’s how:

·      Boost your credit score

There are lots of ways you can boost your credit score, some easy and others requiring a little more time and dedication. Registering on the electoral roll and keeping on top of regular payments such as a credit card or phone bill are both great ways to improve your credit score. If your credit score is lacking due to a lack of financial history, applying for a basic credit card can be a good way to develop a positive paper trail that establishes you as a reliable borrower. 

·      Pad out your deposit

A small deposit suggests you’re just scrimping by and can be a red flag for lenders. Saving cash where you can and using it to pad out your deposit is a foolproof way to improve your status as a borrower and show lenders you can commit to a regular savings regime.

Securing car finance with poor credit

Just because you have a less-than-perfect credit history, it doesn’t mean you’re out of the running for a loan. With the right approach, your chances of securing car finance with poor credit are high. If you’re struggling with other barriers such as being self-employed or a lack of credit history, we can help.

Ready to get the wheels moving on your car finance application? Get in touch by emailing enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk or give us a call on 01246 458 810 to find out more about how to proceed after being refused car finance.

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.

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 to Find Car Finance for Young Drivers

Young woman with glasses

Getting behind the wheel of a car is an exciting milestone for young drivers. Whether it’s a brand-new Ford Fiesta or a second-hand SEAT Ibiza, the sense of freedom that comes with a new car is invigorating. Understandably, many young drivers don’t have the cash to purchase a car outright. This is where car finance for young drivers steps up.

With a strong application, a positive attitude and a good amount of groundwork, you can take advantage of car finance for young drivers and get the keys to your new ride ASAP. Of course, car finance for young drivers does have its challenges. That’s why we’ve put together this guide designed to help you build a strong and attractive application.

Expand your horizons with a large lending panel

When it comes to securing car finance for young drivers, a large lending panel makes a big difference. It’s definitely possible to find car finance as a young driver, but barriers like lack of experience and financial history make it a little harder than usual. Enlisting the help of a broker can be a great way to expand your horizons and expose your application to as many lenders as possible.

One of the first things a broker will assess is eligibility and of course, age is a factor. Can you get car finance at 18? Absolutely. Here’s how a broker can help:

Let a broker do the hard yards

Instead of individually contacting lenders, a broker does all the legwork for you. They have the experience and expertise to match your application with the right lenders and products, thus increasing your chances of success and helping you secure the best interest rates and loan terms on car finance for young drivers.

Contrary to popular belief, many lenders are excited to help young drivers get behind the wheel of their first car. They won’t automatically refuse applications based on age and some even offer products designed especially for young drivers. You just have to know where to look! Once again, this is where a broker comes in.

Brokers are also a fantastic resource as they can help get you up to speed on the different types of car finance for young drivers. There are several different options available in the UK, each with its own unique pros and cons. As a young driver it’s important to understand what you’re signing up for. Brokers can help you navigate the car finance realm and select a product that’s right for you.

Choose an affordable vehicle

Naturally, most lenders will be wary about offering car finance to your drivers eyeing vehicles featuring high-powered V6 engines. Similarly, your chances of securing car finance for young drivers are lower if you’re shopping for a top-of-the-range Jeep 4×4 or luxury model like a Chevrolet Corvette. Even if you have the best intentions, applying for car finance to purchase these sorts of vehicles can imply you’re a high-risk borrower. Keeping your application realistic and down-to-earth will help you win over lenders and find the best car finance deals for young drivers.

Choosing an affordable vehicle not only boosts your chances of being approved for car finance but can also slash the cost of insurance. Most young drivers are hit with big premiums during their first year of driving, with many paying more than £2,000. As a young driver, it’s worth considering models that are cheap to insure. This includes popular cars like the zippy Hyundai i20 and the much-loved Fiat Panda. Want to know more? Don’t miss our roundup of the 10 cheapest cars to insure for young drivers.

Consider ‘black box’ insurance

As well as bringing down your premiums, ‘black box’ car insurance can be a great way to win over lenders. Also known as telematics, this type of insurance policy sees a black box installed in your car. It uses GPS to collect data on your driving behaviours, including things like speed, mileage, braking habits and the time of day you get behind the wheel. This data is used to assess your driving style and calculate a premium, ideally less than the blanket policies offered to other young drivers.

Ultimately, motorists who drive safely and responsibly are rewarded with lower premiums. Black box insurance can also help show lenders you’re committed to being a conscientious, low-risk driver.

Take advantage of young driver incentives

While car finance for young drivers does have its challenges there are also some great perks and incentives out there. Some dealerships offer student-friendly incentives while others attract young drivers with special rebates. You may also be eligible for discounts on your insurance premium, gifts such as retail vouchers and cashback schemes.

Shopping around for these deals can be tricky, which is where a broker can help. They’ll assess your application and match you with lenders who are most likely to approve your loan and ideally, offer you some great perks.

Tips to boost your credit score as a young driver

Lack of financial history is one of the biggest barriers young drivers face when applying for car finance. Below, we cover some quick and easy ways you can build a borrowing history and boost your credit score. In a matter of months, you can drastically improve your chances of securing car finance for young drivers.

  • Apply for a low-limit credit card

Many banks offer low-limit credit cards designed with students and young people in mind. Applying for one of these products can be a great way to build your credit history, as long as you use it responsibly and pay off your debt every month.

  • Pay off any existing credit card balances

If you already have a credit card with a significant balance, doing everything you can to pay it off is a guaranteed way to improve your credit rating. 

  • Set up direct debits for bills

Rather than topping up your phone on a pay-as-you-go basis, consider setting up a direct debit. This helps pad out your credit history and shows lenders you’re capable of committing to regular monthly payments.

Car finance made easy for young drivers

Whether you’ve passed first-time in your late teens or you’re a twenty-something ready to upgrade your car, My Car Credit aims to make it easy to find car finance for young drivers from all backgrounds. Ready to get your application rolling? Reach out to our team by email on enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk or give us a call on 01246 458 810 to find out more car finance for young drivers.

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.

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!

Should I Lease or Finance a Car?

Car reflected in window

Choosing between leasing or financing a car will depend on your needs and circumstances. In both instances, you’ll be able to use a vehicle as you pay a series of pre-determined monthly instalments – but the main difference between leasing and financing a car is whether or not you end up the vehicle’s owner.

As such, there’s no right or wrong answer to the question of whether you should lease or finance a car – it’s all about your priorities. Read on to find out more.

Car leasing and car financing – what’s the difference?

Leasing and financing a car may sound similar, but they do have key differences.

The main difference between leasing and financing a car is ownership. When you lease a vehicle, you’re essentially borrowing the vehicle from a dealer for a specified period of time – usually anywhere from 12 months up to 60 months. You’ll pay a monthly fixed amount which usually includes service and maintenance fees. At the end of the lease’s term, you hand the car back – you’re never its owner.

With car financing, however, you have the option of owning the car at the end of your finance term. Much like leasing, you’re making a series of fixed monthly repayments over a pre-agreed time period, after which time you have the option of making a final payment, making you the car’s legal owner.

Buying a car outright is the other option when buying a car – but you need savings or a personal loan in order to finance this.

Should you lease or finance a car?

As with anything, whether or not leasing or financing a car is most appropriate for you will depend on your priorities and preferences.

Leasing a car – the advantages

  • When you lease a car, your monthly repayment amount will typically cover service and maintenance costs.
  • As you are never the vehicle’s owner, you don’t have to worry about the car depreciating in value over time.
  • If you like to change your car frequently, leasing is a far more appealing option.
  • Because you won’t own the vehicle, you also don’t have to worry about reselling it at the end of the lease term.
  • If you use your car for business purposes, you may benefit from greater tax write-offs with a lease (unless it’s a luxury vehicle).

Leasing a car – the disadvantages

  • There’s usually a mileage limit for leased cars, and you do have to pay a penalty if you exceed this, so if you’re a driver of long distances, leasing may not be for you.
  • Although service and maintenance costs are covered, if you cause any serious damage to the vehicle, you may incur further charges.
  • You don’t ever own the vehicle.
  • You may also incur charges if you want to end the lease deal early.

Financing a car – the advantages

  • Car financing tends to be more flexible than leasing a car. Similar to leasing, you can use the length of the agreement, and you may be able to decide on an annual mileage limit and deposit amount.
  • Car finance is typically available on both new and used cars, whereas leasing is only available for the newest vehicles.
  • If you’re after the lowest possible monthly repayments, car finance on a used car is the best option.
  • At the end of car finance, you’ll own the car. Depending on which finance you’ve gone for, you may need to make a final payment, after which you are the car’s legal owner.

Financing a car – the disadvantages

  • With PCP finance, you can choose whether or not you want to own the car at the close of your deal. However, as with leasing, if you opt to return the car, but have exceeded the mileage limit or caused excessive damage to the car, you will incur extra charges.
  • You are locked into a repayment schedule, so you need to ensure that your financial circumstances aren’t likely to change whilst you’re repaying your car finance. Missed repayments will affect your credit score – though there are ways of securing car finance even with a poor credit rating.

Talk to us about car financing and leasing

If you still have questions about whether car finance or a car lease is best for you, get in contact with My Car Credit 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.

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’s the Cheapest Way to Finance a Car?

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Car finance is an accessible way to purchase a vehicle. Whether you’re after a new or nearly new vehicle, there are various different kinds of car finance that can help you drive off into the sunset with minimal stress. In this post, we’ll explore them in a little more detail to determine the cheapest way to finance a car.

Financing a car – the cheapest options

Purchasing the vehicle itself is likely to be the steepest cost, but you should also consider other costs like running and maintenance fees, as well as any interest rates or other costs you may be required to pay. Here are the basics on each method of financing a car.

Cash

The cheapest way to finance a car is with one up-front payment. As a cash buyer, you’re able to fund the entire cost of the purchase in full, meaning that you’ll own the vehicle outright. Being a cash buyer means you’re invulnerable to any interest rates, monthly loan repayments, or having to repay more on a finance agreement than the car is worth. You can also sell the car on at any time.

However, you do have to be able to fork out what the car is worth in one go – which is a lot more than most individuals can afford.

Personal loans

Personal loan rates are nearing an all-time low, and are therefore the next cheapest way to finance a car after cash purchases. With personal loans – or unsecured loans – you’ll borrow a fixed sum which you’ll repay over a pre-determined amount of time (usually one to seven years), and will also pay interest at the same time.

If you have a good credit score, personal loans can be secured with relative ease, and by shopping around and comparing the APR, you can secure a competitive rate. You’ll be the legal owner of the vehicle, so can sell it on whenever you want, but monthly repayments of a personal loan can be higher than with alternative car finance.

Finding the cheapest car finance

If neither of the above are viable options for you, there are alternative ways to get a car finance quote and secure a deal that suits you. Be aware that you will likely receive better deals if you have a good credit score, but many car finance providers will still accept you if your score is less than ideal.

Hire purchase (HP)

If you’re struggling to get a cheap personal loan, hire purchase may be for you. You won’t own the vehicle until you’ve made the final repayment – the car is used as an asset against the loan. As such, if you fail to make your repayments, the lender has the right to repossess the vehicle.

You’ll typically make a deposit of usually around 10% (although there are no-deposit options), and from then on, you’ll have a series of pre-determined monthly repayments. If you want to own the car at the end of the term, you can opt to pay a final payment in order to do so. Repayment terms are flexible, you’ll often be offered competitive fixed interest rates, there aren’t usually any mileage caps, and HP is easier to be approved for than other car finance.

Personal contract purchase (PCP)

PCP is another car finance option, but if you’re hunting for the cheapest way to finance a car, PCP might not suit. But if you’re a fan of chopping and changing vehicles, PCP is ideal.

PCP finance deals often have low deposits as well as flexible repayment terms with low monthly repayments. You can choose to own the car at the end of the finance term, in which case you’ll make one final balloon payment, or can hand the car back to the dealer.

Bear in mind that, although the monthly repayments for PCP can be lower than HP, you’ll often end up paying more overall. If you exceed a mileage cap or cause wear and tear, you’ll also have to cough up.

Personal contract hire (PCH)

PCH is a way of leasing the vehicle – it’s essentially a long-term rental. Servicing and maintenance fees are included, and there’s a mileage cap as well as an initial deposit. As such, PCH can work out cheaper overall than PCP, but it will usually cost more per month.

With PCH, you hand the car back to the dealer at the end of your finance term. Your repayments are fixed, but payment terms are flexible, and you can generally change providers.

Find cheap car finance that works for you

Securing affordable car finance can feel overwhelming – but it doesn’t have to be. My Car Credit have hundreds of helpful blogs and articles for you to browse through. We also have a large network of trusted lenders to help you find the cheapest way to finance a car for your requirements. Contact us on enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk to get the ball rolling.

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.

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 Credit Score is Needed for UK Car Finance?

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Your credit score is one of the most important tools used by lenders to assess car loan applications. So, what credit score is needed for UK car finance? There’s no black and white answer, however there is lots to learn when it comes to credit scores.

Using information like your payment history, current debts and used credit vs. available credit ratio, lenders will assign you a unique credit score. They’ll also factor in financial faux pas such as a history of missed payments, excessive credit card applications and failure to join the electoral roll. Data is combined to create a financial footprint that helps lenders determine your ‘riskiness’ as a borrower. Higher scores establish you as responsible and low risk while lower scores suggest you’re more likely to default on your loan.

There are plenty of benefits associated with strong credit scores, including access to a wider range of products offered by lenders. You can also unlock better interest rates, higher credit limits and other perks. That said, a poor credit score doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t qualify for car finance eligibility.

Read on to find out more about what credit score is needed for UK car finance and how to navigate the industry.

Meet the ‘Big Three’ UK credit agencies

In the UK, most lenders use three main Credit Reference Agencies (CRAs) to vet applicants. Each agency uses a different scale to assess individuals and assign a credit score. Most people fall within the Fair, Good or Excellent range. Anything beneath Fair is considered Poor.

Below, we take a closer look at the different CRAs in the UK and what scales they use:

Equifax

Fair: 380-419

Good: 420-465

Excellent: 466-700

Experian

Fair: 721-880

Good: 881-960

Excellent: 961-999

TransUnion

Fair: 566-603

Good: 604-627

Excellent: 628-710

What credit score is needed for UK car finance? Every CRA uses a different system to assess your credit score. This means you don’t necessarily have a single credit score, however whether you qualify as Fair, Good or Excellent shouldn’t vary too much between agencies.

As well as your credit score, lenders will assess your application using their own custom eligibility criteria. For example, some lenders may be interested in the size of your deposit while others may prioritise proof of ongoing income. Others might place more weight on your debt-to-income ratio, which is used to determine your ability to stay on top of your instalments. Residential stability can also be factored in, with some lenders viewing a string of different addresses as a red flag.

Minimum car finance credit scores

When applying for car finance, it’s important to understand that every lender is different. Just like applying for a mortgage or credit card, all lenders have their own unique criteria and vetting policies. Some use algorithms to assess applications and paint a black and white picture of borrowers while others take a more personalised approach. If you’re worried about where you stand and have been researching what credit score is needed for UK car finance, it’s best to look for lenders that take a personalised approach to car finance.

In the UK, there’s no minimum credit score needed to apply for car finance or purchase a vehicle. However, your score will impact what loan products you’re eligible for and what types of terms, conditions and interest rates you can unlock. Generally, higher scores translate to better deals. This is the industry’s way of rewarding you for an excellent borrowing history.

What to expect from your credit score

If you have an excellent credit score and proof of income you should find it relatively easy to secure car finance. You’ll have access to the widest range of products and the advertised interest rates offered by lenders. Borrowers with good scores are still eligible for great products and interest rates, though may enjoy less success than their excellent counterparts.

If you have a fair credit score your chances of securing car finance are still high. You may not be able to unlock the same products and APR rates as applicants with higher scores, but you’ll still have plenty of choice. Poor credit scores can be more difficult to work with but with the right approach, the door to car finance is still wide open.

Securing car finance with a poor credit score

While many Brits enjoy excellent credit ratings, a significant percentage of the population struggle when it comes to financial history. If you’re worried about what credit score is needed for car finance in the UK, it pays to enlist the help of the experts. 

First, you’ll want to look for a broker that doesn’t rely exclusively on automated algorithms to assess applications. For borrowers with poor credit scores, this is the fastest way to have your application rejected. Instead, shop around for a broker that takes a personalised approach to car finance. The option to speak with a human and discuss the unique challenges of your car finance application can drastically improve your chances.

Next, keep an eye out for brokers with access to a wide panel of lenders. Some brokers work exclusively with a handful of lenders, which can significantly limit your options and chances of success. At My Car Credit, we work with a broad panel of car finance lenders, one of the largest panels in the UK. This broadens your horizons and ensures your application is exposed to all kinds of lenders and products.

How to check your credit score

When it comes to checking your credit score it’s best to start with a ‘soft search’ credit check. This gives brokers an idea of your financial history without leaving a permanent mark on your credit score. Too many hard searches can suggest you’re continually on the search for new lines of credit – a major red flag for lenders.

Whether you have an excellent credit score or you’re not quite where you want to be, we can help secure you the best car finance deals from our panel of lenders. We’re available to discuss your options and help you learn more about what credit score is needed for car finance UK. Get in touch at enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk or give us a call on 01246 458 810 to chat with a car finance expert.

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.

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!

Advantages and Disadvantages of PCP Car Finance

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Roughly nine in 10 of all new cars sold in the UK are purchased using finance, with personal contract purchase (PCP) loans accounting for a significant portion of sales, according to the latest data from the Finance and Leasing Association (FLA). With attractive interest rates, long repayment terms and the opportunity to get behind the wheel of your dream car faster, it’s no surprise PCP is one of the most popular car finance options in the UK.

Of course, it’s important to factor in your unique situation and develop an in-depth understanding of PCP loans before you commit. This guide is designed to help you understand all the advantages and disadvantages of PCP car finance. Armed with knowledge, you’ll be able to make an informed and educated decision about whether a PCP loan is right for you.

What is a PCP loan?

Before we get stuck into the advantages and disadvantages of PCP car finance, let’s take a moment to define what personal contract purchase means. The term describes a type of loan that sees you put down an initial deposit on a car (although there are no-deposit options), and then continue to make repayments.

It builds on the concept of hire purchase agreements and includes the option to purchase the car outright at the end of the loan. The main difference is that the final resale value of the vehicle is calculated at the beginning of the loan. This figure is known as the Guaranteed Minimum Future Value (GMFV) and is assessed using several factors, including the age of the car at the end of the loan, and expected mileage.

Most PCP loans start with a deposit of around 10% though this can vary depending on the lender, your credit rating and the unique terms and conditions of your contract. After making an initial deposit you’ll continue to pay monthly instalments plus interest over the lifetime of the loan. Most PCP loans span for two to four years – though again, this can vary.

When your loan ends and all instalments have been paid, you have the option to purchase the vehicle outright by making a balloon payment. The value of the balloon payment is calculated using the GMFV agreed on at the beginning of the loan. Alternatively, you can choose to return the car and start another PCP loan, which gets you behind the wheel of a new model. If the vehicle is worth less than the GMFV, you will need to pay the difference when returning the car.

Now you know more about the specifics of personal contract purchase, let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of PCP car finance.

Advantages of PCP car finance:

  • Upgrade to a new car frequently

PCP loans usually span for two to four years and offer the option to roll on to a new contract after the final instalment has been made. Many motorists choose this option as it’s an easy and affordable way to regularly upgrade your car.

  • Low fixed monthly payments

The fixed monthly payments of PCP loans are generally lower than hire purchase (HP) contracts. This makes PCP loans an attractive option if you’re on a strict monthly budget.

  • Affordable deposits

As well as low fixed monthly payments, PCP loans require small deposits, often as low as 10%. Our car loan affordability calculator makes it easy to get an idea of how far your deposit will go.

  • Flexible options

Flexibility is one of the biggest advantages of PCP loans. Depending on the GMFV agreed on at the start of your loan, you can choose to roll over to a new PCP loan, make a balloon payment to own the car outright or simply hand back the keys with no more to pay. If you love the idea of flexibility and aren’t sure if you want to keep the car or return it at the end of the contract, PCP loans are a great option.

  • Finance secured against the car

Unlike other finance options, PCP loans are secured against the value of the car. This means you don’t have to rely on other assets like a home or cash investments.

  • Stretch your budget

With deposits as low as 10% and affordable monthly repayments, PCP loans stretch your budget much further than if you were to purchase a car with cash alone. This allows you to expand your search and consider cars that are newer or higher spec. In the long run, this can unlock big savings. For example, a PCP loan may mean you can afford a car with better mileage, which will significantly reduce your petrol expenses. Similarly, upgrading to a newer car with a PCP loan can slash maintenance and servicing costs.

Disadvantages of PCP car finance:

  • Capped mileage

Most PCP loans feature mileage caps written into the contract. This is because mileage can have a big impact on the value of a car. If you exceed the mileage cap used to calculate the GMFV at the start of your loan you could face extra charges. These may be applied whether you choose to return the car or purchase it via a balloon payment. Excess mileage penalties can be expensive and add a significant percentage to the total cost of your loan. To avoid nasty surprises at the end of your loan, it’s important to be realistic about your expected mileage when calculating GMFV.

  • Limits on wear and tear

Normal wear and tear is fine but if you plan to put your car through its paces on 4WD tracks or transport muddy pets on a regular basis, PCP loans can be a little restricting. Any damage that exceeds normal wear and tear can also see charges added to your final instalment or balloon payment.

Find out more about PCP car finance

Considering PCP car finance for your next ride? Our experienced team is always available to talk you through the advantages and disadvantages of PCP car finance. Get in touch by email or give us a call on 01246 458 810 to find out more.

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.

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 are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Financing a Car?

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Hurdles like the global semiconductor chip shortage and economic instability haven’t shackled the consumer car finance market, with the latest data from the Finance and Leasing Association (FLA) revealing more than 2 million cars were purchased using finance options like personal contract purchase (PCP) and personal contract hire (PCH) in 2021.

Over the year, FLA lenders distributed more than £37 billion in car finance loans, helping Brits get behind the wheels of everything from the latest Teslas to second-hand Minis.

Of course, like any loan it’s important to have a good understanding of exactly what you’re committing to when taking out car finance. This means taking the time to understand the advantages and disadvantages of financing a car. Want to know more? Read on as we answer all your questions about the advantages and disadvantages of financing a car, with a goal to help you make educated decisions.

Advantages of financing a car

  • You can stretch your budget further

When considering the advantages and disadvantages of financing a car, budget is one of the biggest factors. Instead of scraping together cash to purchase a car outright, car finance options such as PCP and PCH allow you to stretch your budget much further. Initial deposits can be as low as 10% (with plenty of no-deposit options too) and allow you to spread out the rest of your loan over a period of two to four years, sometimes longer.

  • Fixed monthly payments

Most car finance loans include fixed monthly payments which make budgeting easy. You’ll know exactly how much will be coming out your bank account each month, making it easy to stay on top of your loan.

  • Options for every credit score

Unlike mortgages and credit cards, car finance is available to most Brits. Even if your credit score is less than ideal, it’s still possible to secure loans with great terms, conditions, and interest rates. Find out more in our complete guide to car finance with a poor credit rating.

Disadvantages of financing a car

  • You may be subject to mileage limits

Car finance loans often include mileage caps which can restrict how you use your car. These are common with PCP agreements, where you have the option to return the car to the lender at the end of the loan. If you want total freedom when it comes to mileage, car finance options like hire purchase (HP) can be a good alternative.

  • You don’t necessarily own the car outright

Many car finance loans use the vehicle as security, meaning you don’t own the car outright until you’ve paid all instalments. You may also need to settle extra costs such as balloon payments or penalties for extra mileage. For many motorists, this is one of the biggest disadvantages of financing a car.

  • Excess wear and tear can result in penalties

As well as penalties for exceeding your mileage limit, some car finance loans will add fees for wear and tear. Everyday wear and tear is fine but anything abnormal can incur fees. This can include anything from dents and scratches to ripped seat covers.

Tips for securing the best type of car finance

No matter what type of car you’re in the market for or the state of your finances, it’s important to understand a few key points when researching the advantages and disadvantages of financing a car.

APR

First, you’ll need to understand annual percentage rate (APR). This is the interest rate you’ll pay over the lifetime of the loan. APR can vary significantly between lenders and is also impacted by factors like your credit score and deposit. Without a good rate, APR can be one of the biggest disadvantages of financing a car. That’s why it’s so important to shop around for the best deals!

Hidden fees

As a borrower, it’s your responsibility to gain a complete understanding of all fees and charges associated with your loan. Most lenders are relatively transparent, but it always pays to ask questions and do your homework. This is the best way to sign on the dotted line with confidence and ensure you don’t encounter any unwelcome surprises down the line.

Keep the big picture in mind

Rock bottom interest rates and ultra-low monthly payments are tempting but it’s important to keep the big picture in mind when it comes to car finance. Use variables like APR and repayment terms to calculate the total cost of your loan and paint a long-term picture of the advantages and disadvantages of financing a car. Generally, longer loans mean you’ll rack up more interest and ultimately, pay more for your car.

Ask for extras

If you don’t ask, you don’t get! For example, it’s not unusual for dealers to throw in free servicing for 12 months or extras like leather seats, roof racks or an upgraded sound system when selling new cars. Similarly, just because you’re purchasing a car on finance doesn’t mean you can’t push for a discount on the advertised price of the car. Of course, there are no guarantees but if you approach the situation with a smile and a good attitude, chances are it’ll pay off.

Enlist the help of a broker

There’s no shortage of car finance lenders in the UK and like all industries, some are legions better than others. Enlisting the help of a broker can help you sift through the options and secure the best deals.

With access to the largest panel of car finance lenders in the UK, My Car Credit matches you with the best loan based on your unique borrower profile. This personalised approach boosts your chances of success and helps secure you the best type of car finance. Connecting with a broker can also help you understand more about the advantages and disadvantages of financing a car and ultimately, make better choices.

Want to know more about the advantages and disadvantages of financing a car? We’re always available to answer questions via email or give us a call on 01246 458 810 to chat with one of our car credit advisors.

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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