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At our dealerships, we are thrilled to offer three finance plans that provide you with the flexibility to get the vehicle you want at a price that is affordable to you. Whether you are looking for an estate or an SUV, our finance offers are made to suit everyone. Our expert team are on hand to help find the right deal for you.
A Personal Contract Purchase, also referred to as a personal contract plan, makes it easier for you to get behind the wheel of a brand-new vehicle. PCP is a form of hire purchase vehicle finance for individuals and is very similar to a Hire Purchase agreement. When you take out a PCP agreement, you will normally have to pay for an initial deposit followed by monthly instalments.
PCP differs from a Hire Purchase agreement because you don’t have to pay off the vehicle’s entire value. The monthly payments pay off the loss in value over the course of the contract. If you wish to keep the vehicle at the end of the agreement, a final balloon payment must be made.
The vehicle’s expected value at the end of your contract, which is known as the Guaranteed Minimum Future Value (GMFV), is set at the beginning of your agreement. It 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 in the full value of the vehicle. This means 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 if you want to keep the car.
You can usually settle your PCP deal early. However, you may be required to pay the negative equity – the difference between what your car is worth now and what you still owe.
If you choose to end your agreement early, you may find that your car is in fact worth more than the Guaranteed Minimum Future Value (GMFV). In this case, you may find that you’ll have some positive equity at the end of the contract. You can choose to put this towards the cost of your next vehicle.
Once your PCP contract comes to an end, you will have three options:
A Hire Purchase agreement allows you to pay for a new or used vehicle by paying a deposit and a series of monthly instalments. Unlike a PCP agreement, your monthly payments will cover the cost of the entire value of the vehicle. At the end of the contract when all the payments have been made, you will then have full ownership of the car.
It is important to consider all of your options before entering into a finance agreement, as a Hire Purchase agreement isn’t the best option for everyone. Make sure you know all of the pros and cons of taking out a Hire Purchase agreement before you enter into the contract.
Hire Purchase enables you to put a deposit, which is usually 10% of the vehicle’s value, on a new or used vehicle of your choice. You then have to pay the rest of the car’s value over an agreed period of time in monthly instalments.
It can last from 12 to 60 months, or up to five years. At the end of the agreement when you have paid all of the instalments, the vehicle is officially yours to keep. So, if you wish 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.
It is possible to terminate a HP agreement early and return the vehicle, providing you have paid for at least half of the vehicle’s value. If you have only 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 all of your monthly payments, you will gain full ownership of the vehicle. And, as the owner, you can choose to do what you want with it: keep it or sell it, it’s up to you. If you would like to sell the car and enter into a new finance agreement, the choice is yours.
There is no need for you to uphold any part of the contract once the financial agreement has ended.
Also referred to as personal leasing, Personal Contract Hire is a long-term rental agreement that allows you to essentially ‘rent’ a vehicle for an agreed duration. PCH is a popular alternative to purchasing a brand-new vehicle. Throughout the duration of your contract you will have to pay monthly instalments to cover the cost of ‘renting’ the vehicle.
Typically, you will have to agree a set amount of mileage for the duration of your lease. If you exceed the agreed mileage limit, you will have to pay an excess mileage charge as part of your contract.
You will need to return the car to once the agreed duration comes to an end. PCH is a rental agreement, so there is no option to make a final payment to own the vehicle. You cannot gain any valuable assets from a PCH deal.
You can agree to hand your vehicle back for a set fee if you wish to end your PCH agreement early. Leasing deals are not designed to be broken, so you will usually incur a penalty for leaving the contract before the agreed date. Always consider whether returning your vehicle 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 vehicle early. You will not be entitled to a refund if you return your vehicle after you have paid more than the agreed amount.
At the end of a Personal Contract Hire agreement, you must return the vehicle to us as there is no option to pay a final purchase fee. As long as there is no outstanding financial obligation, you are free to hire or purchase another vehicle.
If you have exceeded the mileage that was agreed at the start of the contract, you will have to pay an excess mileage charge. This is 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. You may be liable to pay penalty charges if the car has sustained any damage that falls outside of these guidelines.
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A car finance agreement with Group 1 allows you to rent a car of your choice throughout your contracted period. At the start of the contract, you will be required to pay an initial fee as a deposit, followed by monthly payments over 2 to 4 years. Once the contract has come to an end, you will be required to hand the vehicle back to your local Group 1 dealership, or you may have the opportunity to make a final balloon payment, which would give you full ownership of the car.
Getting a car through finance with Group 1 offers the following benefits:
1. Build equity in the car.
2. Nothing more to pay when the payments are complete.
3. Sell the vehicle or trade it in for a new one.
4. No loss of money due to depreciation.
5. Low deposit and monthly payments.
6. Low APR.
Car finance at Group 1 is open to everyone; however, whether you will be accepted or not is usually down to your credit score. Before you apply, it is worth checking your credit score as some of the cheaper finance offers are only available to people with excellent credit ratings. Having a good credit score is the easiest way to get accepted for car finance, but it's not the only way. At Group 1, we have access to specialist funders who work with those who have a poor to average credit. Your monthly fee will be higher because you are considered a higher risk. If you keep paying your monthly instalments on time, then your credit score will improve.
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