It is a little like a mortgage on a house where you pay an initial deposit and then pay the balance over an agreed period of time in equal monthly payments. Typically they can run from between 1 to 5 years. The vehicle remains the property of the finance company until you make the last payment. If you settle early, you will be offered a rebate of some of the interest. However, you may find, with a small initial deposit, if you settle very early, the amount owing may be more than the vehicle is worth.
Hire Purchase may suit buyers who plan to keep their vehicles for a long time, perhaps longer than the agreement term, have a large deposit or want a simple agreement with no commitment when the final payment is made.
Like Hire Purchase, an initial deposit is paid with monthly payments over an agreed period of time. However, the final payment at the end of the agreement is significantly larger than under a normal Hire Purchase agreement, usually several thousand pounds. This is often called a Guaranteed Manufacturers Future Value (GMFV) or Balloon Payment. This makes the payments in-between the initial deposit and the large final payment much smaller than with Hire Purchase and the agreements are shorter.
You must pay this large final payment, the GMFV, at the end of the agreement. However, the finance company will guarantee that your vehicle will be worth at least this value as long as it is in a suitable condition and covered less than an agreed mileage limit.
This gives you three options:
You can hand the vehicle back to the finance company to make the final payment.
You can pay the large final payment and keep the vehicle.
Usually, your vehicle should be worth more than the final payment. So you can part exchange the vehicle, and use the extra that it is worth, after paying off the large final payment, for a new vehicle.
Personal Contract Purchase may suit buyers that want a new or nearly new vehicle and fully intend to change it at the end, or before the end, of the agreement or want a more expensive vehicle than may be available to them using other forms of finance. The disadvantage could be that customers feel forced into changing their vehicle every 2 or 3 years to avoid paying the large final payment
Please contact your nearest dealership for more information