Representative example: borrowing £6,500 over 5 years with a representative APR of 21.9%, an annual interest rate of 21.9% (Fixed) and a deposit of £0.00, the amount payable would be £172.09 per month, with a total cost of credit of £3,825.54 and a total amount payable of £10,325.54.
Rates from 6.9%: the exact rate you will be offered will be based on your circumstances, subject to status.
Whether you're looking for a van to help your business, a motorbike for a leisurely Sunday ride or you're finally biting the bullet and getting that top of the range Beamer that you've always said you would, AutoFunder.co.uk have the solution for you. However, it's come to our attention that people aren't always aware of the ins and outs of car financing, so we've decided to put together some helpful information to help you get your dream ride.
Probably the best place to start, car financing or a car loan in a nutshell is a loan that you take out for the sole purpose of purchasing a car but in a way that is designed to make the process more affordable.
Although there are numerous options available, the most common of these is by putting down a deposit and then paying monthly instalments, generally over a period of 3-4 years.
Most lenders will have an option to buy the vehicle outright, however with car financing payments they do tend to be more spread out.
There are loads of different types of car finance payment plans available, we could write them all down but that would become very boring very quickly, so instead we've picked the three most common and summed up how they work.
Personal Contract Purchase (PCP): With a PCP car finance, it's pretty straight forward. You pay a deposit at the start of the purchase, then go onto a fixed monthly plan similar to that of a phone or gym contract.
The more deposit you pay, naturally the lower the monthly repayments will be.
At the end of the agreement, you have the option to either buy the car outright, opt for a different car, or return the car to the lender.
If you wish to own the car outright you will need to pay a lump sum to the lender which is known as the Guaranteed Minimum Future Value (GMFV). The amount of the GMFV is agreed at the start of the contract and is based on various factors including the starting mileage, the user’s projected annual mileage, the age of the car, the agreed monthly payments and the length of the contract.
Should you want a different car at the end of the term, it’s normally possible to trade in the car for a new one. Any good car retailer should be able to settle the finance on your behalf and arrange another finance agreement for your next model.
If you no longer want the car, you simply return it to the lender with no more monthly payments to make. Bear in mind that charges for damage (beyond fair wear and tear) and exceeding the pre-agreed mileage limit may apply.
Hire Purchase (HP): An HP agreement also allows you to pay for your car monthly over a fixed period. However, unless the agreement is set up to include a balloon payment at the end of the term, the monthly payments are likely to be higher than a PCP agreement. The interest rate and monthly payments are fixed at the start of the agreement and the car becomes yours once you’ve made the final monthly payment. In effect, the vehicle is hired until you make your final monthly payment, after which you own it.
Personal Contract Hire (PCH): If you’re not looking to either buy the car at the end of the contract, or change the car before the end of the contract, a PCH offers a type of long-term rental option that may suit you. You lease the car for an agreed period of time by making fixed monthly instalments. When the contract expires, you simply return the car.
Personal Loan: A personal loan is an unsecured loan that is agreed between you and the lender and after this is approved, the money is then transferred to the car dealer.
Eligibility rates are based on standard factors such as your income, credit status and affordability. Always remember that this is an unsecured loan so is not secured against the vehicle.
Just to make things as easy as possible to understand and make sure you know exactly what type of car loan would be right for you, we've put the three finance types mentioned side by side in a table. This way you can weigh up any pros and cons of each type of car finance making the decision process a lot easier.
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Everybody is different and with so many factors coming into play to consider eligibility, we can't give you a definitive answer right now.
An easy way to check however is by just answering a few questions HERE and we'll give you the list of car financing options available and put you in touch with the lender most suitable for you.
We are both a 'prime' and 'sub-prime' broker which means that we specialise in helping people who have varying credit backgrounds, including those with a history of poor credit.
Although you will still be able to apply for car finance, the rates will be far less favourable if you have a poor credit history so this is always worth bearing in mind.
Much like asking if you're eligible, there are so many answers available. As mentioned, factors such as income, affordability and credit history will play a part.
Also, much more obvious factors such as vehicle model and deposit amount will determine how much the overall cost will be.
A brand-new Ferrari with the lowest deposit amount available is going to cost far more in PCP monthly repayments than a second-hand Ford Escort with a sizeable deposit put down.
The quickest way to have this question answered is by clicking HERE and answering a few simple questions.
The simple answer to this is from wherever you like! Once approved you are free to choose your new or used vehicle from any reputable dealer located anywhere within the UK.
So you have an idea as to what vehicle you would like to buy, but don't know how much finance you will be approved for. Or maybe you haven't got a clue what you want to buy and would simply like to know that you are eligible for finance before you start your search? Either way, we can help.
Simply click the 'Get my quote' button above, answer a few simple questions and we'll put you in touch with the most suitable lender and get you on the road in your new wheels as soon as possible.
If you apply for finance, our trusted providers will carry out a credit check before offering you a loan and this will be logged on your credit file.
Yes, we are able to help a good number of people who have been refused car finance previously. To find out if you qualify, simply complete our short form.
Absolutely, you are not restricted in any way with regards to which dealership you buy from or as to where within the UK that they are based. Once you have your approval, you are free to shop around.
You will receive an instant online decision this is subject to the information that you provide. If you apply during business hours then there is a high possibility that you will receive an application decision on the same day, with some lenders even able to pay out on the same day (subject to status).