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.
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