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24 Mar 2010
Esther Shaw Esther Shaw

Choose the right finance option for your new van


If you've been toying with the idea of buying a new van, it’s worth researching how to pay for it. Some finance options may suit you better than others.

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Thinking about buying a van? You need to give careful thought as to how you're going to fund your purchase.

If you're in the fortunate position of having sufficient savings, you may be able to buy your new van outright.

If not, you need to take the time to research the different types of finance deals available.

Check out the dealer finance

As a van buyer, it's certainly worth checking out the deals and discounts being offered by manufacturers. Some firms often run promotions through dealers, such as 0% finance, or substantial savings on selected models.

To qualify for an interest-free deal on a new van, you’ll need a good credit record and a hefty deposit. You’ll also need to be in the financial position to make large monthly repayments.

Other finance options

Aside from interest-free deals, there are plenty more dealer finance options:

  • Hire purchase: With hire purchase, you’ll usually need to put down a small deposit. Payments are then made in monthly instalments over a set period of years. After the final payment, you own the van outright.

  • Personal contract purchase (PCP): With PCP, you agree to pay a fixed sum each month for a set time. This essentially covers the van’s depreciation. When the payments end, you must give back the van – or pay a lump sum to own it outright.

  • Finance leasing: Alternatively, with finance leasing, the lender retains ownership, and you rent the van on a long-term basis for an agreed period.

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Word of warning

It may be tempting to look no further than the finance offered by the dealer. But you need to proceed carefully to ensure you're getting a good deal.

The key is to check the total amount payable, and compare this with a personal loan. This’ll give you a good idea of which offers the best value.

Look at the top loan deals

Spend some time checking out the best personal loan rates currently available, as rates can vary widely.

While it's crucial to shop around, you do need to be wary of making multiple applications. This could have a negative impact on your credit rating – and may reduce your chances of being accepted.

It's also worth bearing in mind that lenders are operating risk-based pricing. Lenders only offer loans to the most creditworthy applicants – and even then, it’s often at a premium.

Be aware of the lender advertising its ‘typical’ rate. The actual rate that you end up paying could be higher than this.

Try haggling

Finally, don't be afraid of haggling. You may be surprised at how much further you can reduce the price of the van simply by asking. And even if you can't get the price down, you may be able to negotiate some free extras.


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