If you have a credit rating that’s anything less than perfect, you might be worried about being eligible for car finance, or you might think your monthly repayments will be too expensive to afford.
But having bad or non-existent credit doesn’t mean you can’t get finance. If your credit rating is average or worse, you could still be eligible for car finance with The Car People.
Often the best way to start is to use our credit check tool to see if you’re likely to get finance. Our finance team will then find out the best rates we can get for you and talk you through your options. Alternatively you can set your budget using our calculator below and start searching our stock based on our standard finance terms.
By starting an application, a 'soft search' against your credit file will be performed, however, this won't be visible to lenders and won't affect their decision.
By starting an application you agree that The Car People may/will pass your details on to a third party lender or broker, and they may wish to contact you by phone, post, SMS, or other electronic means.
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We understand that not everyone has the perfect credit record. Perhaps you haven’t had much credit before or have experienced problems in the past. However you could still be eligible for car finance. To help you, we work with a partner who have built an IT platform to help us understand the ideal lender for you, one that can give you the best rate of car finance for your circumstances. Even if you have a very poor credit history, they have finance partners who are happy to lend based on what you can afford now, rather than what may have happened in the past. Rather than encourage you to perform a full credit check, we’d rather help by starting with what’s called an application search, or ‘soft search’. This will give us a good idea whether we can source credit for you and what sort of rate we can get you. From there, if the package is right for you, then we can progress to a full credit application and have all this in place before you even step in to one of our dealerships, as long as that’s what you’d like. After all your new finance agreement needs to be on your terms.
‘Bad credit’ or a weak finance history doesn’t have to stop you getting car finance on a used car. There are many reasons why you may have struggled to get finance before, however our partner will assess your situation and find the best rate we can get for you. You may have missed payments in a prior finance agreement, recently gone through a bankruptcy order/IVA or have county court judgements (CCJs) against you. Our partner has a large panel of lenders, who can help customers finance their car if they have bad credit.
We want to help you repair your credit file, so we’ll search out the lender who’ll give you the best rate of interest in your circumstances.
If you’re just trying to understand the best options for someone who’s looking for car finance with bad credit, then you can start to help improve your credit file today. Consider these top tips:
To start your car finance journey with us simply fill in the short form below to perform an application search.
You’ll get an instant decision and our finance specialists will be in touch within 24 hours to understand your needs.
Our specialists will help you find a vehicle that suits your needs and your budget, so all you need to do is pop in to a site to test drive it.
We can email your quote to you so you can agree your repayments before you even step in a store.
Our on-site finance team will take you through your finance agreement before signing it on site.
We take the hassle away, so that you can drive away happy and enjoy your new car.
Q. Can I get an instant decision on whether I can get car finance?
Yes, you can find out right away if you’ll be able to get credit to purchase your car. Simply fill in the form below and we’ll conduct a ‘soft search’, which tells us whether you’re likely to qualify for finance and at what rate, without having to perform a full credit search. Find out more.
Q. Can I part-exchange my current car when I buy?
Part-exchange is available for many of the cars on offer at our showrooms. We can’t guarantee that any car can be part-exchanged, and a range of information is needed to provide a subject-to-view valuation. Find out more.
Q. Do you perform a credit check as part of the car finance process?
Yes, but only after you’ve decided you want to apply for finance and have filled out a full credit application. If you submit your complete proposal, the lender will perform a credit check. Find out more.
Q. How likely am I to be refused if I have a bad credit score?
Credit to fund your car purchase can be facilitated by a selection of lenders who work with our dedicated broker. Specialist low or bad credit lenders are more likely to support your loan than mainstream lenders, with 80% of our customers being accepted. Find out more.
Our soft credit check will give you a result in under 60 seconds and will not leave a footprint on your credit history. Fast, reliable and worry free.
Unfortunately, our application check service has been unable to match your details, preventing us from providing an accurate estimate of your eligibility.
Please check your details on the form carefully, however, if you are still receiving this message after reviewing them, please call our contact centre on 0333 222 6599 to discuss your credit check application.
We might be able to get you accepted for finance. To find out, make a full application by clicking the button below. If we speak to you and you are happy to provide us with further information we may, with your consent, carry out a full credit check. This may include searches with credit reference agencies.Complete a full application form
Our application check service thinks we can source you finance from one of our main finance companies, at our great low rates starting from 8.9% APR. The next step is to find a suitable car for you and source an acceptance for that vehicle. You can start searching now and our finance team will be in touch shortly to discuss the next steps. If we speak to you and you are happy to provide us with further information we may, with your consent, carry out a full credit check. This may include searches with credit reference agencies.
Our application check service thinks we can source a finance acceptance for you. The next step is to find a suitable car for you and source an acceptance for that vehicle. You can start searching now and our finance team will be in touch shortly to discuss the next steps. If we speak to you and you are happy to provide us with further information we may, with your consent, carry out a full credit check. This may include searches with credit reference agencies.
Our application check service thinks we can source a finance acceptance for you. The next step is to understand a bit more about how much you're looking to borrow and what type of car you’re looking for. Our finance team will be in touch shortly to discuss this with you. If we speak to you and you are happy to provide us with further information we may, with your consent, carry out a full credit check. This may include searches with credit reference agencies.