Can I Buy a Car with a UK Provisional Licence?

Young man happy he can get a car on a provisional licence

Whether you’ve always been a keen motorhead or you just want to get familiar with a particular car prior to taking your test, there are various reasons why learner drivers might want to buy a car before they’ve passed.

Read on as we answer the frequently asked question, “can I buy a car with a UK provisional licence?”

Can you buy a car with a UK provisional licence?

The great news is that yes, you can buy a car with a UK provisional licence. However, the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) does have legal obligations for car ownership that must be fulfilled – no matter what kind of licence you have.

As well as ensuring that you have your provisional licence, you must also have your MOT certificate, up-to-date vehicle tax, and your vehicle log book (known as the V5C). You must also ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy and is registered with the DVLA itself.

Remember, that with a provisional licence, you cannot drive the car. You’re only able to do so provided that you are accompanied by someone with a full driving licence, and there must be ‘L’ plates displayed. The insurance must cover both people in the car, too.

Bear in mind that most car finance companies won’t approve a finance deal with a driver who only has their provisional licence. It’s seen as too great a risk.

What car should you buy?

It’s important to go for a car that can get scratched up. Smaller cars with good fuel efficiency and small engines are best – and these also tend to be cheaper to insure.

Do your research on the best kind of vehicles for beginners, and stick to those – don’t dream too big. You may find family or friends selling old models at a discounted rate. As you know them, they’re less likely to deceive you about the car’s quality or safety, and they may offer price reductions if you’re lucky.

Alternatively, you could even look out for the exact model that you learn to drive in. That way, you won’t be thrown by any changes between different makes of car.

Why buy a car when you can’t yet drive?

It might seem strange to buy a car when you only have your provisional licence, but there are logical reasons for why you might want to do so.

Insurance

Finding insurance as a new driver can be tricky, and it can be more complex depending on factors like your age and gender too. By purchasing a car whilst you’re still learning, you’re giving yourself time to research the right insurance policy for when you’re hitting the roads without a fully-licensed companion.

Familiarity

As we touched on above, purchasing a car that’s the same as your instructor’s means you won’t be thrown by difference between models and makes. Similarly, if you practice driving in a car with a provisional licence (with a licensed driver also in the vehicle), you’ll be more confident to hit the road on your own once you’ve passed your test.

Your first car after passing

When you pass your test, and your provision licence is swapped for a full one, you may well want to swap your learner car for something a bit nicer too. That’s where My Car Credit can help.

Check for car finance without affecting your credit rating, then get a quote that’s tailored to your credit score and affordability. You’ll be able to upgrade your learner car in no time, without breaking the bank!

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.

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

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 paperwork do I need to get a car on finance?

Woman signing her car finance paperwork

Applying for something finance-related can be daunting for anyone – finding all the paperwork and information that’s otherwise tucked away in a drawer or cupboard can be an overwhelming task. So, here at My Car Credit, we try to make it as easy and straight forward as possible. As with any other kind of finance application, car finance does require a lot of paperwork, but don’t worry because we are here to assist you with that – every step of the way. Here’s a breakdown of all the paperwork and information you’re going to need when applying for car finance with us.

Before the paperwork

We like to start your car buying journey on the right foot, which is why we only require you to complete a simple online application form to begin your car finance journey. This usually takes less than three minutes and asks you for some simple information such as your full name, date of birth, marital status, residential status and your address history for the last three or so years.

Once this has been completed and you have received your online decision on-screen (as well as by email and text), your personal Car Credit Specialist will be in touch to guide you through the whole of your car-buying journey.

To be able to help you with this, your Car Credit Specialist will require some initial paperwork from you.

Driving licence

Your driving licence will be required regardless of any other circumstances.

We need a clear, scanned picture of your driving licence. Alternatively, you can post it to us – don’t worry, we will keep this safe for you and will return it once we are happy that it is your own driving license and that you are qualified to drive the car that you are looking to buy.

Your driving license also acts as proof that you will be the owner and registered keeper of your new car.

A selfie

In order to prove that you are who you say you are in your application, we may ask you to provide a selfie of you holding your own driving license.

With the rise of technology, we have chosen this as a convenient way for you to prove your identity and a good way for us to be protected against fraud.

Proof of employment and earnings

My Car Credit require information on your employment and earnings, so that we can treat you fairly, as a person and a customer. We need to be able to see that you can manage your finances and can afford the agreement you are looking to take out – this is known as an ‘affordability check’. Essentially, we do this to make sure you are protected from getting into any financial difficulty in the future.

To begin your affordability check, we will need you to provide the names and addresses of all of your employers for at least the last three years (sometimes longer if you have frequently changed jobs, or have gaps in your employment history).

You may also be required to prove your earnings, which will require you to send us copies of your payslips, usually accounting for the last three to six months’ wages. This is a simple safety precaution to make sure that your wages are being paid to you.

We might ask you to provide bank statements dating back for a certain period to show your income. If most of your income is cash and doesn’t show up in your bank statements, you may need to show other information to back up your income claims (such as tax return information).

Alternatively, for your convenience, we may ask you take a clear photograph/clear scanned copy and email them to us. However, the copies must be clear enough for us to be able to read all of the details on them.

Bank account details

We will also need the bank account details for the account you will be using for your monthly payments. You will need to provide us with the branch’s address and sort code, as well as your account number.

The account usually needs to be in your name (or jointly in your name). Again, if you have less than three years with your current bank, you will probably need to provide previous bank details.

Where you have a joint bank account with a spouse, we may also need some financial information from them.

Additional information

If there are issues with any of your documentation, your personal Car Credit Specialist will advise you (and in some cases, require you) to give extra information to us. This isn’t uncommon and it’s certainly nothing to worry about.

The requirement for additional information can result from a number of circumstances. It can occur because you have recently moved to the UK and are therefore unable to provide three years residence information. In this case, you may be asked for overseas checks. Alternatively, younger drivers that may not have the relevant employment or credit history, might be asked to submit a guarantor’s information as well as their own.

There are a number of circumstances that may require the submission of additional information, and this should not be seen as a negative sign for your car finance. We only ask for this information to make sure we get the best finance deal for you, and to improve your chances of being accepted.
It is also important to take note that the types of paperwork we will require can differ depending on your credit profile and the lender we are able to match you with.

Here at My Car Credit, we want you to be in your new car as soon as possible so we are trained to help and advise you. Get in touch with any questions or why not start your car buying journey now and click here to apply with My Car Credit?

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.

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

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!