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What is Hire Purchase (HP) Car Finance?
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Hire Purchase – commonly called HP – is a type of finance you can use to buy a new or used car.
A Hire Purchase agreement is a straightforward one to understand. It’s not as complicated compared to, say, Personal Contract Purchase (PCP), which has an optional final payment at the end of the term. Instead, HP finance is more of a basic loan and, at the end of the agreement, you will own the car outright.
With HP car finance, the monthly payments will be higher than with a PCP deal because the loan you’re repaying is for the full value of the vehicle. That’s something you need to consider when deciding whether it’s the best option for you.
Hire Purchase finance deals are available on all Dick Lovett brands, including: Aston Martin, BMW, BMW Motorrad, MINI, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, Ferrari. HP car finance is also available on our collection of specialist cars. Ask us for more information about Hire Purchase plans.
How does Hire Purchase Car Finance work?
A Hire Purchase plan for car finance works on a simple basis.
With HP finance, you effectively get a loan to pay for a new or approved used car, and spread payments out across the length of the agreement. You make payments every month until the end of the term.
With a Hire Purchase agreement, the length of the plan is typically longer than a PCP deal – it might be up to five years (60 months), though you can usually set the schedule to suit your means.
Spreading payments out over a longer period of time means you’ll be paying less each month, but usually more in the long run, over the term of agreement, because of the interest applied to the loan.
What you choose may depend on how much you can afford to pay each month.
In most cases, a deposit payment is needed with HP finance plans, though some finance deals may offer a deposit contribution, lowering the monthly payments, and sometimes, low or zero deposit offers are available.
The amount you pay as a deposit will have an impact on the subsequent monthly payments. If you can afford to put down a larger deposit, you’ll have less to pay back over the course of the agreement and less to pay in interest due to the loan amount being lower.
Unlike PCP, there aren’t any restrictions on the number of miles you can drive every year, meaning you won't be subject to an excess mileage charge. If you prefer the freedom of Hire Purchase, this could be the best option for you.
It’s also a good finance option if you want the security of knowing that you’re paying towards the eventual ownership of the car.
Hire Purchase Agreement Finance
Steps for a Hire Purchase Agreement
2. Apply for HP finance, undergoing a credit check. Agree the deposit, monthly repayments, and repayment schedule – between 12 and 60 months.
3. When everything is in place, simply collect your new vehicle and drive it away.
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What happens at the end of the HP Deal?
At the end of your Hire Purchase agreement, the car is officially yours. This is the key difference to a PCP deal, which needs a final – and usually large – payment if you want to buy the car outright.
With HP finance, because you’ve fully paid the value of the car over the course of the loan agreement, provided you’ve made all monthly payments as required, there’s nothing more to pay.
You now completely own the car and are free to continue driving it, or, if you prefer, sell it or part exchange its value against a new purchase.
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