PCP finance is one of the most popular ways to buy a car. Use our guide to find out if it's right for you or apply now to get a quote in just a few minutes.
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Personal contract purchase (PCP) is a type of car finance that differs from various other types of finance in that it can act like a long-term car rental agreement if you choose not to make the final balloon payment. PCP lets you loan a car from a finance provider, with you making monthly payments over an agreed period – usually between 24 to 36 months, although some providers offer longer periods. You then decide at the end of the term whether to return the car, pay a ‘balloon payment’ to keep it, or get another car using any equity there might be in your car. This is explained in further detail below.
PCP finance is similar to hire purchase finance, but, instead of payments based on the car’s total value, you pay off its depreciation instead (the difference between what the car is worth now and at the end of the contract).
There are three simple steps:
Your deposit amount will depend on the agreement with your lender. Some of our lenders do offer low deposit car finance options, but some might ask for, for example, 10% of the vehicle’s value. This goes towards paying off the depreciation, so the more you can pay upfront, the less you’ll need to pay each month, and the less interest you’ll pay overall.
Your monthly repayments will pay off the car’s depreciation. You’ll also need to bear in mind the annual percentage rate (APR) which is the interest you’ll pay on top. For Zuto customers, this starts at 12.9%, but depends on the lender and your personal circumstances such as your credit rating.
Just let us know your budget and how much you can afford each month, and we’ll do our best to find you a deal from our panel of lenders which suits your requirements.
At the end of your PCP contract, you’ll have three choices:
Compare the differences between personal contract purchase and hire purchase finance:
|Finance features:||Hire purchase (HP)||Personal contract purchase (PCP)||Personal loan|
|Requires initial deposit||Optional||Optional|
|Car is yours at the end of the agreement||Optional|
|Fixed monthly payments|
|Avoid (final) balloon payment|
|Avoid excess mileage charge|
|Secured against an asset (e.g. a car)|
|Support with vehicle issues|
To help put PCP into perspective, here’s a quick example.
Let’s say you’re looking for a two-year deal.
The car is priced at £15,000 and is expected to be worth £8,000 at the end of the agreement, so its value will have dropped (depreciated) by £7,000.
You can afford a 10% deposit (£1,500), which means you need to finance £5,500.
Here’s what you’d pay, based on 12.9% APR:
The total without buying the car will be £9,828, or £17,828 if you make the final balloon payment.
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Yes you can. Zuto helps with used cars and is a trusted AutoTrader partner.
Zuto has a list of approved dealers. When you apply for a quote, you can browse cars from these trusted dealers.
A balloon payment is what you can pay at the end of a PCP agreement to fully buy and own the car. It’s also known as the Guaranteed Minimum Future Value (GMFV).
Yes, because interest (known as APR) will be added to your monthly repayments. However, the monthly cost means you might be able to drive a better car than you would otherwise be able to afford with cash or other finance types. This is because the loan is based on the difference between what the car is worth now and at the end of the contract, with a larger payment to make at the end of the finance (balloon payment).
If you don’t buy your car outright, you might also be charged for any damage to the car at the end of the agreement.
Early settlement or termination depends on the contract with your lender. When you make an application, one of our team will be able to talk this through with you.
The most important thing is to make sure you only agree to pay what you know you can afford, but circumstances can change. The impact of missed payments depends on your lender; if you fall behind, you may be able to hand the car back (but potentially with something still to pay) or the finance company might repossess your vehicle.
This will depend on when you would like to change and the agreement you have with your lender. Please talk to one of Zuto’s advisers for any support.
Various factors can influence what deposit amount you should put down on a PCP finance deal. These include your own financial situation and what you can afford, the value of the car and the finance provider’s own policies. Typically, a deposit of 10% up to 30% is common. The more you put down as a deposit, the lower your interest costs will be, and therefore the lower the amount you’ll pay overall. There are also many no deposit finance options available.
The age limit of a car on a PCP deal varies from lender to lender. Generally, the car will need to be under 4 years old when the agreement starts, and no more than 7 years at the end of the agreement. This is why PCP deals tend to be for newer cars, as they’re more likely to retain value.
A PCP agreement gives you various options at the end of your finance agreement with the lender. You can return the car, use equity to buy another, or make a balloon payment to own it outright. The only option you have with a lease car is to hand the car back at the end - you have no ability to purchase it. Both involve monthly payments, but you’re paying for different things. With a lease, your regular payment is based on the car’s loss of value during the lease. With PCP, the monthly payments are determined by the depreciation, which is the difference between the initial price and the projected minimum value at the end of the term.