When you make a decision to buy a car, you are actually making a decision to make a serious purchase. Our biggest assets in life include, essentially, our home and our car. So getting it right is important. And this is most important when you consider how are you are going to pay for the vehicle. There are many ways to organise the car finance for your vehicle, and in this article we will take a quick look at the options available to you.


Let’s take the big one first. It’s big, because if you have savings that are large enough to accommodate a car purchase, well done. Many people save up for years to make big purchases, and some people even do this for cars. If you’re lucky enough to use your savings to buy a car, this is a good thing. Some people find that, while they do not have enough to pay for a car out right, they can use savings or part of their savings to lay down a large initial deposit for a vehicle.

However, it is vitally important that you remember that savings are there for a reason. If you are going to be using your savings to pay for a car, make sure that you have enough left afterwards to help you deal with any emergency that comes up.

Car finance

This is the most popular way to pay for a car in the UK. There are plenty of great finance deals available to you as the prospective car owner, and rates are usually extremely attractive. There are a couple of considerations you need to take into account before you enter the finance agreement.

First of all, and possibly a little bit obviously, ensure that you can afford the monthly payment. This is vitally important, because your car is at risk if you cannot afford those payments.

Secondly, when you are looking at all the finance deals that are available to you, look at the full cost of borrowing. Finance offerings that are legitimate and have integrity will show you the total cost of borrowing, with all the charges over the life of the loan. If the company does not offer you this information immediately, ask to see it. If they are not able to show you the full cost of borrowing then it is possibly a good idea to walk away from the deal.

A higher deposit when arranging car finance usually means the loans have a lower interest rate. By knowing this particular fact, you can make a sound decision when it comes to car finance. If you are in a position where you can make a large deposit, when you have savings for example, you can look forward to a lower interest rate and eventually a lower cost of borrowing. It is important that you look at the potential deposit you can make and try and arrange it so that you have as large a deposit as you can possibly afford. This pays off in the long run.

Finally, when it comes to car financing, be sure that you are aware of early repayment charges or any other charges that are included with the financing. You may not incur these charges, but it’s always good to be aware of them so you know where you stand a couple of years down the track.

Buying a car is not as difficult as it used to be, and finance is so attractive now that almost anyone can arrange to have his or her own vehicle. Savings or financing are two of the strongest options you have when it comes to purchasing your own car.