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What Is A Hire Purchase Agreement

A hire purchase (HP) is one of the easiest ways to purchase a vehicle on finance. It opens up the opportunity to spread the cost of buying a new or used car with fixed monthly installments. With no surprise as to how much is owed every month, it’ll be a lot easier to budget.

Hire purchase combines elements of both loan and lease, with several benefits. Initially, you pay a low deposit for your desired car, typically around 10%. The balance is then paid off in monthly installments over an agreed period of time. At the end of this period, you are the legal owner of the car with no fees, final installments or ‘balloon payments’ to pay off. It’s also worth noting that if your financial situation improves you can settle your hire purchase agreement early.

Unlike personal contract agreements, the residual value of the car isn’t taken into account at the end and monthly installments are based on the retail value of the vehicle at the time of your hire purchase application, the length of contract and the size of the deposit – paying a larger deposit initially, will decrease the monthly repayment figure.

When you apply for this option you will need to provide the details of your chosen car and of your approved dealer. The money will then be transferred to the dealership and you’ll receive the deeds to the car when you collect it.
Personal car loans vary from £2,000 to £200,000 over 12 to 60 month terms and you will normally have to pay an initial deposit of 10%. However, it’s important to note that the HP company will legally own the car until you have made the final repayment. This means that you won’t be able to sell your car until the end of the agreement.

If you opt for a hire purchase car loan then you’ll probably be able to afford a more expensive car but you are also more likely to see higher monthly repayments.

An Example of How An HP Agreement works

Your installment plan will vary depending on a number of factors but as an example, let’s say that you’ve paid your initial deposit and would like to borrow £10,000 over a 48-month period. With 5.8% APR, monthly payments would be £233, which means the total you pay back would be £11,196. If you were to stretch that over a longer period such as 60 months, monthly payments would drop to £191, with £1,502 credit payable in total. This benefits many of our customers and gives them the flexibility to choose a plan that suits their pocket.

HP Advantages

You become the legal owner after the last installment has been made

The interest rate remains fixed throughout the duration of the contract and there’s no VAT to pay – simple and straightforward

The interest rate remains fixed throughout the duration of the contract and there’s no VAT to pay – simple and straightforward

Businesses can also often benefit because rather than losing a large lump sum, they can easily manage their cash flow by spreading the costs over an agreed period of time

You can still use and drive the car even though its value hasn’t been paid in full

Unlike leasing, you don’t have to worry about the value of the car decreasing

There’s no balloon payment at the end of the installment period

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Representative example – excellent credit Borrowing 7500 over 4 years with a representative APR of 6.9% and a deposit of £0, the amount payable would be £177 per month, with a total cost of credit of £1,035 and a total amount payable of £8,535.

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