Glossary of terms

From an HP to your APR, we cut through the nonsense to help you demystify the world of car finance.

Hire purchase (HP) is a type of borrowing. It is different from other types of borrowing because you don’t own the goods until you have paid in full. Under an HP agreement, you hire the goods and then pay an agreed amount by instalments. While you are still making payments, you aren’t allowed to sell or dispose of the goods without the lender’s permission. If you do, you’ll be committing a criminal
offence. The lender may be able to repossess (take back) the goods if you fall behind with payments.