A Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) is a method of obtaining goods e.g. a vehicle through a pre -agreed fixed term finance agreement with part of the cost deferred until the end of the agreement. This may give the benefit of lower monthly repayments or a shorter period of repayment. Once all of the repayments, including the deferred payment and any fees are paid, the goods become your property. Click here to find out more about a Personal Contract Purchase including important things you must consider before taking out an agreement like what happens if you exceed your agreed mileage allowance.
When you have chosen your vehicle, you will then agree your annual mileage and decide on the agreement term with one of our Business Managers.
We will then determine the Guaranteed Minimum Future Value (GMFV) of the vehicle at the end of the agreement and work out a deposit and monthly amount that works for you.
At the end of your agreement you will then have three options:
Return – Simply return the car the back to us
Retain – Keep the car by paying the optional final payment
Renew – Trade it in for another car
For a quotation, help, or advice contact us and ask to speak to one of our Business Managers.
You can normally settle your agreement early by asking the finance company to provide you with a settlement figure. However, the finance company will require you to pay off the difference between what your car is worth, and what you still owe and there may be a difference which is known as negative equity. On the other hand, you may find that at the end of your term your car is worth more than the Guaranteed Future Value, which means you will have some positive equity to contribute towards your next car.
Conditional Sale is a method of obtaining goods e.g. a vehicle, pay for the use of the vehicle over a pre- agreed period and at the end of that period, once an Option to Purchase Fee has been paid, the goods become your property. Click here to find out more about Conditional Sale including important things you must consider before taking out an agreement
The short answer is yes, you can end your finance early. There are different provisions within each finance agreement that allows you to do just that. If you have got through two-thirds of the way through your finance agreement, the options to end the finance agreement early open up.
For a Conditional Sale agreement, there is an option of paying it off early through a settlement fee. A settlement fee covers the cost of any remaining unpaid instalments and interest payments remaining on the agreement. Once the settlement fee is paid, you take full ownership of the car early.
Under a Personal Contract Purchase agreement, you can also pay a settlement fee for bringing the agreement to an end early. After that, you can choose to hand the car back or you have a second option. Through a PCP agreement, you can take full ownership of the car by paying off the remaining Guaranteed Minimum Future Value also known as a balloon payment.