Hire purchase is a way of paying for a new or used vehicle. You’ll pay an initial agreed deposit, then pay off the remaining value of the vehicle plus interest in fixed monthly instalments.
Essentially, you are paying off a loan that is secured against the vehicle you’re buying and won’t own the car until all your monthly payments are made. In short, you’re hiring the vehicle for a contracted amount of time, then you’ll have the choice to buy or return it to the dealership once this time is up.
When you buy a car on hire purchase, you’ll start by agreeing on the amount you want to borrow. This is typically based on the total price of the vehicle, minus any deposit required.
You’ll discuss your needs with the dealership, who’ll run through the agreement and discuss any alternative financing options with you. They may be able to provide details about any promotions running that could contribute to your deposit.
Keep in mind that you may also be able to part-exchange your old car, to help cover this deposit. The amount that you could receive will depend on the existing value of your car.
Once the loan amount is finalised, the dealership will contact the finance company or broker, before completing a Hire Purchase application based on this amount. You’ll then pay the deposit and begin making your monthly payments on the agreed start date.
The hire purchase contract ends once all repayments have been made and the agreed sum has been paid in full.
If you decide that you want to keep your vehicle, you may have to pay an ‘Option to Purchase’ fee. This covers admin costs to the finance company for transferring ownership over to you and the amount varies depending on the company, vehicle and dealership.
Keep in mind that if you agreed to a conditional sale Hire Purchase agreement, ownership passes to the buyer automatically, as soon as the loan is fully repaid.
Makes budgeting easier, as you have a set monthly payment to make.
Allows you to spread the cost of buying a new or used car.
Flexible with a choice of payment terms, typically between 12 and 60 months.
A low deposit can be paid at the start of the agreement.
There won't be any excess mileage charges, no matter how many miles you drive.
As the car is used to secure the debt, hire purchase car finance could be easier to get, compared to a standard loan – particularly for those with poor credit.
Monthly payments are usually higher than some other finance options as you're paying off the full value of the car.
You can’t claim ownership of the vehicle until you’ve paid the full sum.
As you don’t have outright ownership, you can’t customise, sell or modify the car in any way, unless you get permission from the finance company.
Failure to keep up with payments may result in the vehicle being repossessed.
You can’t transfer ownership of the vehicle until you take ownership of it at the end of your contract.
Pay monthly instalments over an agreed term and at the end decide if you would like to own the car outright.
Perfect for those who know they will be looking to move on to another car once the agreement period is over.
When you lease a car, you don’t own it and will give it back to the finance company once your contract is finished. You won’t have to pay a deposit, either.
On the other hand, a hire purchase gives you the option of taking ownership of the vehicle at the end of the contract and you have to provide a deposit.
If you wish to settle a hire purchase agreement before the end of the contract, then you are entitled to make early repayments to your finance company.
Get in touch with them directly for advice on how best to do this.
This depends on your circumstances, as there’s no one-size-fits-all finance option. Hire purchase is highly flexible, convenient and easy to organise, offering you the choice to take or return the vehicle at the end of your term.
It’s also a great choice for those who have a bad credit history and may otherwise not be offered a loan. However, it’s worth noting that you do still need to have a good credit rating, in order to have a better chance of being offered the advertised rate of interest.
Your hire purchase contract will be tailored to your specific needs, including the amount you pay monthly and how long you have to pay this off.
It’s also important to remember that hire purchase monthly payments are usually higher than PCP or leasing deals, depending on your circumstances, vehicle and agreement.
You’ll be offered a choice of payment terms, including how long you have to pay off your hire purchase. Typically, this is between 12 and 60 months, which equates to one to five years. This ensures you can work around your monthly budget.
No, you cannot transfer your hire purchase contract to another person. You’ll have to wait until you’ve gained outright ownership of the vehicle, before you can sell it on or gift it to another person.
If you’re struggling to make your monthly payments, get in touch with your financing company or contact us to have a discussion about your options.
As the car is not owned until the end of the term you cannot sell or modify it without first seeking the permission of the finance company. Under a Conditional Sale agreement, ownership of the car will automatically transfer once the final repayment is made.
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