Here at Asda Money, we’re here to help when you need new wheels. That’s why we offer car loans from £1,000 - £25,000, allowing you to get on the road as soon as possible.
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Representative example: A £5,000 loan over 60 months at 9.9% APR will cost £104.95 a month. Total amount payable £6,297.23. Annual interest 9.9% fixed.
If you do need a loan for a car, there are plenty of car finance types available on the market. Here’s a simple guide so you can decide which one is right for you.
If you’re looking to buy a new car, you can ask a bank, building society or lender for a personal loan (also known as an unsecured loan) so you can buy the car in full straight away. If you take out a personal loan, you’ll be given the agreed amount upfront, and you’ll have to pay it back every month over an agreed period of time. Although a car dealership might offer you lower monthly repayments, using a personal loan to buy a car means that the car will be yours as soon as you make the purchase. Asda Personal Loans compares an approved panel of lenders to source the best loan and rate for you.
Personal Contract Purchase (PCP)
A PCP, also known as a lease agreement, is a loan from a car dealership that will help you get a car, but you won’t be expected to pay off the full value of the vehicle. Also, unless you choose to, you won’t own the car at the end of the deal. After paying a deposit and making monthly repayments, you then have the option of giving the car back to the lender as a deposit for a new vehicle. Alternatively, you can choose to pay a large final payment, often referred to as a ‘balloon payment’, to make the car yours.
The price of both the deposit and the repayments will depend on the cost of the car, the interest rate, and how much the dealer thinks they can sell the car for once the agreement is over. Many people pay a deposit of around 10% of the car’s value, however, the larger the deposit you make, the less you’ll have to borrow. You can usually choose the length of your PCP deal too, with most people opting for anywhere between 24 and 28 months.
Personal Contract Hire (PCH)
PCH and PCP might sound similar, however there are a couple of key differences. A PCH is a more suitable option if you don’t want to own the car at the end of your lease, as this type of hire doesn’t give you the option to do this, unlike a PCP. You’ll agree a set period of time and mileage with the car dealer, in which you’ll be set fixed monthly repayments.
As there is no option to pay a ‘balloon payment’ like you can with a PCP, at the end of the contract you simply hand the car back to the dealership. Once you’ve started an agreement, there’s usually not much flexibility to change it though, so you need to be sure that you want the car for the length of time you’ve agreed before signing any contracts.
Hire Purchase (HP)
HP is similar to a PCP, however the car is legally yours after the final payment is made. You’ll pay a deposit, usually around 10%, and then pay off the value of the car in monthly repayments, using the car as collateral. Unlike a PCP, the car is yours once you’ve made your last monthly payment, and there is no option for a one-off ‘balloon payment’.
Most people choose a HP contract of between one and five years, but remember, the longer the term, the more interest you’ll have to pay overall.
If you find yourself in financial difficulty, you can get free, impartial advice from the Money Advice Service. Give them a call on 0800 138 1677 or visit their website for more information.
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