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Car finance: Top 10 PCP myths busted

Millions of UK car buyers fundamentally misunderstand how PCP car finance works. Here we shatter ten of the biggest myths.

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The personal contract purchase (PCP) is by far the most popular way for consumers to buy new cars, and is rapidly becoming the most popular way to finance used cars as well.

But the PCP is really not well understood. Repeated research, like this study from 2015 and this one from 2017, has shown that most car buyers don’t understand how PCPs work and are often basing their assumptions on various myths and misconceptions.

Based on the thousands of questions about PCP finance from readers we have received here over the last few years, we have come up with our Top 10 PCP myths – and then busted them. Remember kids, never trust the smiling sales executive or your best friend’s neighbour’s uncle. Trust The Car Expert.

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PCP Myth #1: You’re not really buying the car

There is still a misconception that PCP car finance is a lease or rental, rather than a purchase. This is simply not true, even if most buyers tend to treat it like a lease. It’s also a really important point .

A PCP is a form of hire purchase (HP), so you are buying the car over time. It doesn’t officially become your property until the last penny is paid off, just like a classic hire purchase or the mortgage on your house, but you are making payments towards eventual ownership unless you choose not to make the final payment.

It is estimated that fewer than 20% of PCP customers will ever make that final payment, with the vast majority choosing to hand the car back or part-exchange it instead. But the default option in your contract is always to make the final payment, so you are forced to take action to stop that from happening.

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PCP Myth #2: You’ll have equity at the end of the agreement

PCP finance is usually sold on the vague verbal promise of equity at the end of the agreement. The idea is that your car will be worth more than the final balloon/guaranteed future value (GFV) amount, and the leftover is what you use as all or part of the deposit towards your next car.

For many car buyers, that certainly used to be the case. However, these days you will be lucky if your car is worth the balloon amount at the end of your agreement, meaning that you won’t have any equity and therefore you will have to come up your next deposit from your own savings.

For some reason, buyers tend to forget that they handed over a couple of thousand pounds for their deposit three years ago, and are now being asked to find another couple of thousand pounds to hand over for their next PCP.

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Stuart Masson
Stuart Massonhttps://www.thecarexpert.co.uk/
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.
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