Zuto is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 9.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances. Representative Example: Borrowing £7,000 over 48 months with a representative APR of 19.3%, the amount payable would be £205 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,831 and a total amount payable of £9,831.
Bad credit car finance allows people with a low credit score to buy a car on finance. Instead of paying for the car in full with their own money, they can pay using a loan from a finance company, and pay it back in monthly instalments, plus any interest.
At Zuto, we can help you apply for car finance even if you have a bad credit history. We are the experts who can take you through the process step by step, and ensure you get the car you want, no matter what your credit situation is.
Even if you have a bad or poor credit score, there are three types of car finance available online:
HP car finance have regular monthly repayments, is secured against the vehicle, and means you own the car at the end of the term.
PCP car finance have regular monthly repayments, is secured against the vehicle, and give you the option to purchase car at the end of the term as you only pay the depreciation.
Personal loans have regular monthly repayments, are not secured against the car, and you own the car from day one.
There are a number of reasons why someone may have a poor credit history: defaulting on a previous loan, or being declared bankrupt are a couple of the more common reasons. This can make getting car finance more difficult. However, some of the lenders Zuto work with specialise in providing car finance to people with bad credit and this is how you can apply today:
Our team are experienced in helping drivers find the right car finance deal from our panel of lenders and accept applications for people with defaults, County Court Judgments (CCJs), Individual Voluntary Agreements (IVAs), mortgage arrears or late payments on their credit history.
By getting to know you and your financial situation, we can search our panel of lenders to try to find you the best car finance offer based on your personal circumstances.
Why not try our car finance calculator below to see how much you could borrow.
Understanding how applying for car finance affects your credit score, why you may have been refused finance in the past, and what you can do to improve your credit score moving forward should all help in improving your chances of being approved for car finance.
You can also find more information in our guide, Impact to credit scores when applying for car finance.
With Zuto, you can apply for car finance online without impacting your credit score.
After completing your application, we’ll approach our panel of lenders to find the best available options for your personal circumstances.
If you proceed, we will need to perform a hard search, which will impact your credit score, but we will always ask for your consent beforehand.
If you’ve been refused car finance before, it might be because you:
We go into this in more detail in our guide, what should I do if I’ve been refused car finance before.
There are some simple ways you can try to improve your credit score:
If you haven’t already, you can check your credit score and report, for free, with our trusted partner, ClearScore.
A soft credit check is an initial look at certain information on your credit report. Lenders do this to decide how successful your car finance application would be without conducting a full, more detailed, assessment of your credit history.
Only you can see a soft search on your credit report. Soft searches aren’t visible to lenders, so they have no impact on your credit score, or any future credit applications you might make.
A hard credit check happens when a lender conducts a full, more detailed, search of your credit report. Each hard search is recorded on your credit report, so any lender searching in the future will be able to see that you’ve applied for credit.
The more credit applications you make, in a short space of time, which result in a hard search, the greater impact it will have on your credit score and likelihood of getting credit in the future.
Yes, you can get car finance with a County Court Judgment (CCJ), but it can make being approved harder.
Zuto works with a large panel of lenders who help customers with a lower credit score.
You can find out more in our guide to ‘Can I get car finance with a CCJ?’.
You might be able to get car finance with an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA), but it does make it more difficult.
It isn’t impossible, though. At Zuto we work with a large panel of lenders who specialise in providing finance to customers with a bad credit history.
Visit our help and advice section for more information about IVA car finance.
If your bankruptcy has ended and you’ve been discharged, you can apply for car finance again.
We recommend you wait 12 months to try to build up your credit score again – you can find more help and advice in our car finance bankruptcy guide.
You can apply for car finance if you have a default but your chances of being approved are likely to be lower due to the default itself impacting your credit score.
For more information on applying for car finance with a default visit our guide which goes into this subject in more detail.
Car finance depends on your personal circumstances. We help many people with poor credit to find a car finance deal that works for them.
You can apply for car finance with Zuto without impacting your credit score. We’ll then approach our lenders and share the options with you. If you decide to proceed, we’ll perform a ‘hard search’, which is when your credit score could be affected.
There is no set limit for car loans – it depends on your personal circumstances.
You can apply for car finance with Zuto without affecting your credit score. If you’re eligible for car finance, you can then proceed and we’ll carry out a ‘hard search’, which can affect your credit score.
In general, you are more likely to be accepted for car finance if you have a good credit score.
It can be more difficult for those with a poor or bad credit score, but – as a broker – Zuto is able to help find potential options for you to save you time.
If you want to find out more, read our car finance eligibility page.