If you are looking to buy a car but are unsure whether or not a new car is worthwhile, then you should consider the benefits of buying a car with a personal contract purchase loan. Using a personal contract purchase loan can reduce the amount of depreciation you suffer, and help you to get the car you want. Here is some more information about buying a car with a personal contract purchase loan.
What is a PCP?
A PCP, or personal contract purchase loan, is a personal contract for private individuals. It allows you to set a contract term with monthly payments for your new car. At the end of the term you can either purchase the vehicle fully or give it back to the contact provider.
Costs of a PCP
The costs of a PCP depend on the car you are buying, and how much deposit you can afford to put down. It also depends on the length of the contract, as well as other factors like maintenance requirements. However, the length of the agreement will usually last from 24-42 months, during which time you pay a monthly cost as a ‘rental’ of the vehicle.
Guaranteed future value
One advantage of a PCP is that you will get a minimum guaranteed future value agreed, so that you know how much you will have to pay at the end of the loan term to buy the car outright. You can either pay the guaranteed value and own the car, hand it back without any payments, or use the guaranteed value towards another new car.
Cheaper than many other methods
Apart from flexibility, the main advantage of a PCP is that you have fixed monthly payments that are likely to be lower than other forms of auto finance. Also, if you get a PCP with maintenance included you will not have to worry about large repair costs like you might with a used car. Also, depreciation is lower because you have a guaranteed future value.
Losing the car
Perhaps the biggest disadvantage of a PCP is that during the contract term you do not actually own the car. You are simply leasing it from the provider, so if you should fail to make the payments the car can be taken away from you. Before taking out a PCP, make sure you can afford the repayments so that you will be able to keep the car you want.
Cheaper than a loan
Although PCP means you don’t own the car during the contract term, it is much cheaper than a loan for financing a car. Even if you get a very low rate, you will pay back more and the depreciation will be higher. If you are looking to buy a car and you don’t want to pay outright, then go for a PCP.