Is It Illegal to Sell a Car with Outstanding Finance?

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Using car finance is a popular way of managing the purchase of a new vehicle, and you can usually secure a car loan quote within minutes from different providers. If you find yourself wanting to change vehicles before the end of your car finance term, you can sell your financed car – but only if you settle any outstanding finances, and only with the approval of your finance provider.

Do you own a car at the end of a car finance term?

There are three types of car finance where you may end the finance term as the legal owner of the vehicle – a personal loan, personal contract purchase (PCP) and hire purchase (HP).

At the end of HP car finance, you will be the legal owner of the vehicle. Once that finance term has ended and you have made all of your repayments, you can then choose to resell the vehicle, as you are its owner.

At the end of PCP finance, you don’t own the car unless you choose to do so, in which case you’ll pay a balloon payment or lump sum. Once you’ve made this repayment, you’re the vehicle’s legal owner, and can therefore choose to resell it.

If you buy the car with a personal loan, then you are its legal owner, and can resell it whenever you choose – just remember to keep making your repayments on this loan.

Is it illegal to sell a car that has finance outstanding?

As described above, there are three types of car finance that enable you to legally own the car at the close of the car finance term. Provided that there is no finance outstanding on this vehicle, then you are free to do with it what you will – including selling it on.

However, if you have a car that still has finance outstanding on it, then you must contact your finance provider before selling it. If you have outstanding finance, that means there are still repayments that you need to make on the car. As such, you are not its legal owner.

If the car has outstanding finance on it, then it is illegal to knowingly sell it on without informing either your provider or the buyer. Failing to disclose that the car still has debts and fees to be settled is fraud, and you may end up prosecuted as a result.

Both the finance provider and the buyer will be impacted should you illegally choose to sell on a car with outstanding finance. The provider may take you to court over unsettled fees and/or breaking your contract terms. Meanwhile, the buyer could see the vehicle repossessed.

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If you have any questions about your rights when it comes to selling a financed car that you secured through My Car Credit, our team are on hand to help. Call us on 01246 458 810 or email enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk.

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Can I Part Exchange a Car on Finance?

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Getting a new car is exciting, but if you’ve already got a vehicle that you purchased via car finance, it might seem complicated. In theory, part exchanging your financed car is a way of trading in your current car for a new one. Moreover, you can use the value of the old one to support the new purchase. In this post, we’ll explore whether it’s possible.

What is a part exchange?

If you part exchange your financed car, you’re trading it in for a new one, and putting any proceeds from the exchange towards the new purchase. Part exchange will typically be more convenient than a private sale, as the dealer will manage all the paperwork. It’s also a way of changing car without having to either pay off your car finance early or cancel it outright.

Where you’re eligible for part exchange, it can be a great way of finding a new set of wheels. However, not everyone is eligible for a part exchange – it’s contingent on what kind of car finance you have.

Who is eligible for part exchange?

You should be able to part exchange your car if you purchased a car on finance via either a Hire Purchase (HP) deal, Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) deal, or a personal loan. However, if you have financed your car via a PCH agreement, you won’t be eligible, as you are not the car’s legal owner at any point.

If you financed your car via a PCP deal, you can part exchange your car at the end of the finance agreement and put any value toward the new vehicle (or a deposit for the same).

You can also part exchange your car during your agreement – but whether or not this is a good idea depends on how much your car is worth, and how much you still owe. You’ll have to settle any outstanding balance before the part exchange can take place.

How to part exchange a car on finance

Before you think about part exchange, you need to know your car’s value, as well as anything you still owe to your finance plan. The value of your car will be affected by how much you’ve cared for it, but it’s also dependent on the car’s mileage, service history, and specification.

It’s best to go into a part exchange with a car that’s of greater value than any outstanding finance. That means you’re in positive equity. You can then put the positive equity toward the cost of a new vehicle. Furthermore,  remember that if you’re looking to purchase your new car by finance, the higher your deposit payment, the lower your monthly repayments will be.

You’ll need to get a settlement figure from your lender, too. This can sometimes include a final balloon payment and there may also be an early termination fee.

You may find you have a PCP deal that leaves you with a vehicle that’s worth more than your outstanding final payment. This is because you’re borrowing against the depreciation value of the car – not the purchase price. This puts you in a good position for a part exchange, as you’ll be in positive equity, as described above.

Be aware that you’ll also need the car’s logbook – known as its V5C – as well as any relevant paperwork, the vehicle manual, MOT and service documents. You’ll also need to disclose the settlement figure agreed on with your car finance provider.

What about negative equity?

If the amount remaining on your finance is more than the car’s value, then you’re in negative equity. You may still be able to part exchange the car. This would require either you or the company you’re part exchanging the car with to pay a lump sum, rolling any debt into a negative equity finance agreement.

Be aware that with a negative equity finance agreement you will be paying off both your old car and new car, so you will likely notice a serious increase to your monthly repayments. Interest rates will also be higher, and you’re at higher risk of going into further negative equity.

Talk to My Car Credit

If you’ve got questions about whether a part exchange is for you, contact My Car Credit today. We can address any concerns you may have and help you establish your car finance eligibility.

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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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How to Sell a Financed Car

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Car finance is an ever-popular scheme that allows drivers to get behind the wheel without forking out a significant sum of cash. With car finance, you’ll typically be paying out a series of pre-agreed monthly repayments to a lender. Therefore, until you have made all of these repayments, the lender is the vehicle’s legal owner.

There are, however, ways to sell a financed car – but it’s contingent on what type of car finance you have. 

Different types of car finance 

There are four main types of car finance: 

Personal contract purchase (PCP) 

PCP car finance is like a long-term rental. You’ll usually pay an initial deposit and then a series of monthly repayments for a period between two to four years. As a result, at the termination of the agreement, you won’t own the car unless you pay a lump sum to do so. It is also possible to finance this lump sum, or balloon payment. Alternatively, you can either return the car to the dealer or trade it in for another car on PCP. 

Hire Purchase (HP) 

You do own the car at the end of a HP finance deal, and, unlike PCP, this means there’s no balloon payment at the agreement’s end. As such, you’ll initially pay a deposit and a series of monthly repayments that are usually higher than PCP finance. 

Personal Contract Hire (PCH) 

You won’t own the car at the end of PCH finance and are never its legal owner. PCH is a long-term rental – you’ll pay an initial deposit and fixed monthly payments. 

Personal Loans 

As with a personal loan for any purchase, these come from financial institutions and are usually repaid over a longer period than any of the other finance options. In addition, as you are technically a ‘cash buyer’, there’s no balloon payment or deposit.  

Can I sell a financed car? 

You may be able to sell a financed car that has been purchased via three of the above methods of car finance. 

If you have financed your car via a PCH agreement, you will not be able to sell your car. The lender remains the legal owner of the vehicle, and, as such, you are not entitled to sell the car.  

How to sell a car financed by PCP  

You are not the legal owner of the vehicle until you’ve paid off the pre-agreed monthly instalments. That said, you can sell a car that’s been financed by PCP. Be aware that there will likely be early exit fees or what’s known as voluntary termination clauses in your contract.  

You may be eligible for voluntary termination once you’ve paid off 50% of the total finance – and remember that this includes fees and interests. If you haven’t repaid 50%, you can end the agreement early by repaying the difference. Moreover, you can then return the car, which is essentially selling it. From there, you can purchase a new vehicle via alternative car finance. 

Alternatively, you can pay off your PCP agreement early. You’ll need to contact your car finance provider to ask for a settlement figure. Once this is paid off in full, you can then resell the car. If the settlement fee is less than the cost of paying your monthly instalments, this may be the more financially savvy option. 

How to sell a car financed by HP  

As with PCP, you are not the legal owner of the vehicle until all of the monthly repayments are made. Consequently, you’ll need to pay these off before being able to sell the car. 

The voluntary termination clause in your contract will allow you to return the car to the lender once you have repaid 50% of the total car finance. If you’ve paid less than 50%, you can usually still return the car. However, this is as long as you make up any remaining instalments that will take you up to half the vehicle’s value. 

Alternatively, you can pay the agreement off early and then sell the car, as with PCP above. Remember to request a settlement fee from your car finance provider, which you’ll need to pay in full. 

How to sell a car financed by a personal loan  

With a personal loan, you’re the legal owner of the car. Therefore you can sell it whenever you’d like – but remember, you’ll likely owe repayments on the loan that you need to upkeep. 

My Car Credit can help 

If you have questions about how to sell a financed car, the team at My Car Credit can help. We’ll provide guidance on your options depending on your car finance agreement and assist with your car finance eligibility moving forward. 

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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?

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Can I Swap and Change My Car While on Finance?

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Finance deals are very appealing to modern motorists. Cars aren’t cheap, even when purchased nearly new or used. Sadly, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to purchase a vehicle outright without coming into a small windfall. Car finance options give you the flexibility to pay for a good motor without accruing a mountain of debt.

However, caveats do apply. For example, you don’t own the car until you’ve paid off what you owe. Therefore, you may wonder, “can I change my car while on finance?”. It’s a savvy question and one you should know the answer to before you commit to a multi-year contract.

Can you swap a car on finance?

The short answer is no, not without settling up with the lender. As the finance payments haven’t been settled, you don’t actually own the car outright just yet. As a result, you need to clear them before you can begin to think about swapping vehicles.

To do that, you’ll need to contact the lender to obtain a car finance settlement figure. This figure is essentially the amount you must pay to end the contract. Once that’s finalised, you can look at the options open to you, three of which are outlined underneath.

What can you do?

There are three methods available to drivers who have a car on finance and want to swap to another deal. They are – pay up, sell your vehicle, or part-exchange with a dealer.

Paying up

Settling up is probably the simplest method if you have the necessary funds. By contacting your lender and clearing the balance, there’s no reason to mess around listing your vehicle and dealing with the admin. The same goes for part-exchanging, too. Of course, the figure could be high depending on how far through your deal you are and how much you have already paid.

Selling your car

Selling the car means you can use the cash to pay off your existing deal. You should receive the current market value of the car, making it easier to make as much profit out of the sale as possible. One issue to keep in mind is the buyer. Some lenders won’t let you sell privately, but they do allow sales to dealerships. In any case, you need to pay off the existing finance agreement first to get your name on the V5.

Part-exchanging

Although it sounds like you’re doing a swap, the reality is that you still need the V5. As a result, it’s impossible to part-ex your existing vehicle without the finance settlement figure. Essentially, part-exchanging means you use any positive equity you have to finance your next deal.

What do I need to do?

There is a selection of essentials. Firstly, you can’t do anything without a valid V5 that’s in your name. Secondly, it’s best to get the car valued so that you understand the figure you’re looking for. Thirdly, working out the equity – positive or negative – will highlight how much you can put down as a deposit on a new PCP or HP agreement.

How we can help

As you can see, taking out car finance doesn’t mean you’re tied to one car if something better comes along. It’s just important that you go about swapping your car on finance in the right way! If you’ve got another car in mind and would like to work out your monthly payments, use our free car loan affordability calculator to do the maths! Alternatively, get in contact to discuss your options on 01246 458 810.

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Typical rate

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Total payable

X% APR*

£X

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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!

Settling Car Finance Early: What Is My Car Finance Settlement Figure?

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When you take out car finance, it’s important that you understand how your agreement works. One part of this is your settlement figure. Everyone gets excited when they pick up their new car. Whilst we don’t want to be party poopers, if you have taken out car finance, it’s important you understand how to end the agreement when the time is right for you.

How can I obtain my settlement figure?

Obtaining a settlement figure means asking your lender how much is left to pay on your finance agreement.

You might be thinking of changing your car, or you may have decided to pay off your finance balance early. Either way, you will need to contact your lender using the details on your finance documentation.

Your lender can provide you with your settlement figure over the phone, via email (which can take 2-3 days) or by post (which could take 7 or so days). Your settlement figure is valid for 14 days from the date you request it. Once you have paid your remaining balance, the finance company will confirm in writing, and it is important that you keep this letter in a safe place.

What your settlement figure means

Most of the time, your settlement figure will be less than the value of your car. The difference between your car’s market value and the settlement figure can be used as a deposit towards a new car, or as cashback.

When the value of your car is less than the settlement figure, the difference in values is known as negative equity. This often occurs where people change their car early into their finance agreement and have only paid a small deposit.

If you do have negative equity, you can opt to pay it off. Alternatively, some lenders will accept a small amount of negative equity on a new finance agreement.

If you have any questions about obtaining your settlement figure, our car credit specialists are here to help!

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  • You are a home owner
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£

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!