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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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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Can I Sell My Car with Outstanding Finance?

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

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

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

Can I sell a car with outstanding hire purchase finance?

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

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

A word of warning

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

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

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

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

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

What about a personal loan?

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

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

Voluntary termination

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

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

Are you looking for a car finance deal?

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

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

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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.

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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 employed or self-employed

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  • You have a stable employment history
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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 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

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

Require more help?

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