At ThinkFord, we want everyone to have the choice and the flexibility they need to be able to enjoy a new or used Ford car. That is why we provide a range of finance plans to help you get back on the road. Financing through a ThinkFord dealership has never been easier, so why not speak to a friendly member of our expert team. Let us help you find the right car for you.
We are delighted to offer three Ford finance plans, providing you with the choice and flexibility to get the Ford car you want at a price that is affordable to you. So, whether you’re looking for a compact car or an SUV, there is a finance offer to suit everyone. Our friendly expert staff are on hand to help find the right deal for you.
Also known as a personal contract plan, Personal Contract Purchase makes it easier for you to get behind the wheel of a brand new Ford. Ford PCP is a form of hire purchase vehicle finance for individuals and is very similar to a Hire Purchase agreement. You will usually have to pay for an initial deposit, followed by monthly instalments.
PCP differs from a Hire Purchase because you don’t pay off the vehicle’s entire value. Instead, the monthly payments pay off the loss in value of the car during the course of the contract. Should you wish to keep the car at the end of the agreement, a final balloon payment must be made.
At the beginning of all PCP contracts, the car’s expected value when your contract ends, which is known as the Guaranteed Minimum Future Value (GMFV), is set. This means that you will repay the depreciation - the difference between what the car is worth now and what it will be worth at the end of your contract.
Your monthly repayments will cover the cost of the vehicle depreciation and interest, which is calculated on the full value of the vehicle. So, you’ll have lower monthly repayments, but you will need to make a final payment (the Guaranteed Minimum Future Value) at the end of the contract should you want to keep the car.
In most cases, you can usually settle your PCP deal early, but you may be required to pay the negative equity – the difference between what your car is worth now, and what you still owe.
However, you may find that your car is in fact worth more than the Guaranteed Minimum Future Value (GMFV). In which case, you may find that you’ll have some positive equity at the end of the agreement. You can put this towards the cost of your next Ford car.
Once your PCP contract with ThinkFord comes to an end, you will have three options:
A Hire Purchase agreement allows you to pay for a new or used car by paying a deposit and monthly installments. Unlike PCP, your monthly payments will cover the cost of the entire value of the vehicle. At the end of the agreement, once all payments have been made, you will then have full ownership of the car.
Always consider your options before entering into a finance agreement. A Hire Purchase agreement isn’t always the best option for everyone. Make sure you know the pros and cons of HP before you enter into a finance contract.
Hire Purchase allows you to put down a deposit on the new or used Ford car you would like to buy. The deposit is usually 10% of the vehicle’s value. You will then have to pay the rest of the car’s value in monthly instalments over an agreed period of time.
A HP agreement can last from 12 to 60 months - up to five years. When the agreement has ended and you have paid all of the instalments, the car is officially yours to keep. So, if you want to sell it on, you can.
The rates for Hire Purchase are generally very competitive. In order to get the lowest interest rates, you will need a good credit rating.
You have the right to terminate a HP agreement and return the car early if you have paid for at least half of the vehicle’s value. If you have paid less than half of its value, you can make up the difference between what you have already paid off and half of its cost.
If you have paid more than half of the car’s cost, you won’t be entitled to a refund.
Once you have made your final monthly payment, you will have full ownership of the car. And, as the owner of the car, you can choose what you do with it. Whether you want to keep or sell it on, it’s up to you. You will no longer need to uphold any part of the contract because the financial agreement will have ended.
If you would like to seel the car and enter into a new finance agreement, the choice is yours.
A cost-effective personal lease, Personal Contract Hire gives you access to a new Ford car over an agreed period of time. The duration of a Ford PCH agreement typically lasts from 24 to 60 months, depending on the deal you choose.
Unlike PCP and HP, Personal Contract Hire gives you the option to include vehicle service maintenance and repairs, so you can budget effectively for your motoring costs. At the end of your agreement, you will need to return your Ford car to us. You won’t have the option to own the car, but you can easily replace it with another one.
You must return your car in a good condition or you may incur extra charges.
Also known as personal leasing, Personal Contract Hire is a long-term rental agreement. It’s becoming a popular alternative to buying brand new cars. Throughout the duration of your contract you will have to pay ‘rent’ for the vehicle in monthly instalments.
Usually, you will have to agree to a set amount of mileage for the duration of your lease. If you go over the mileage limit you will have to pay an excess mileage charge as part of your contract.
At the end of the agreed duration, you will have to return the car to us. As it is a rental agreement, there is no option to make a final payment to own the car. You won’t gain any valuable assets from a PCH finance deal.
If you wish to end your PCH agreement early, you can agree to hand back your vehicle for a set fee. Leasing deals are not designed to be broken, so there is usually a penalty for leaving the contract prior to the agreed end date. It is always worth considering whether returning your car early is beneficial to you.
No Personal Contract Hire agreement can be ended early unless you have paid £1,500 inc VAT of the rentals. If you have already paid that amount in monthly rentals, then you can return the car early. Should you choose to return your vehicle after you have paid more than the agreed amount, then you will not be entitled to a refund.
At the end of the PCH contract, you must return the vehicle to us. You are free to hire or purchase another vehicle, as there is no outstanding financial obligation.
However, if you have exceeded your agreed mileage that was set out at the start, you will have to pay an excess mileage charge. This will be worked out on a ‘pence per mile’ basis, as stated in the terms of the agreement.
When you return the vehicle, it will be assessed according to the BVRLA Fair Wear and Tear guidelines. If the vehicle has sustained any damage that falls outside of these guidelines, you may be held liable and face penalty charges.
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