If you’re thinking about purchasing a car through a finance option, you’re not alone. Around nine out of 10 of the new cars sold in the UK are bought by people who use a finance option. However, there are still some grey areas when it comes to ownership.

More specifically, who is the legal owner of a car on finance? Is it the driver or the dealership? Read on as we provide the answers.

Who is the legal owner of a car on finance?

In truth, the answer is neither you nor the dealership. It’s the lender that provides the money. The person who drives the vehicle and maintains it – AKA you – is known as the Registered Keeper in legal parlance. In other words, you will make the repayments and deal with the day-to-day running of the car, but your name won’t be on the V5.

Is there any difference between the finance options?

Yes, there are, but only when the loan finishes. Both PCP and HP are agreements that require repaying before the V5 is transferred to you. However, something to keep in mind is the final payment regarding PCP. Unless you pay off the balloon repayment, you will not own the vehicle. Where you don’t have the cash or savings, you may have the option of taking out balloon payment finance instead. With Hire Purchase, the last instalment of your loan will clear the balance and make you the legal owner.

Do I have other options?

One thing you can do if you want to be declared the legal owner is to use a bank loan. That way, you pay back the money to the bank, and the vehicle is all yours from the outset. Of course, taking out an unsecured bank loan may not be an option for your circumstances. In addition, you may not find the terms competitive.

Find the right finance deal

At My Car Credit, we help drivers up and down the UK find the finance they need to upgrade their car – and eventually own it outright if preferred. It doesn’t matter whether your budget is small or if you don’t think you qualify, we try to accommodate everyone, including those looking for car finance with poor credit.

To find out more, please contact us on 01246 458 810 to speak to an advisor.

Rates from 9.9% APR. Representative APR 12.4%

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  • 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


  • 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


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Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 12.4%, annual interest rate (fixed) 12.36%, 47 monthly payments of £196.44 followed by 1 payment of £206.44 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £1,939.12, total amount payable is £9,439.12.

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

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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!