Automotive Business Loans

If you need to purchase a vehicle for commercial purposes, whether it’s a company car for commuting or a truck for deliveries, an automotive business loan can give you the capital you need to purchase them.

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Written by Richard Wilcock | Reviewed by Simon Moorcroft | Updated: August 09, 2023

What is a business vehicle loan?

An automotive loan is finance business owners can use to purchase commercial vehicles. Use the loan to purchase various vehicles, including cars, vans and trucks. Loan payments are made monthly for a pre-agreed term.

It’s worth noting the loan is secured with the vehicle you’re purchasing, so if you don’t keep up with the repayments, the lender can seize the vehicle.

Types of automotive loans

When buying commercial vehicles or your business, there are a few options for you to consider.

Contract hire

With contract hire, the borrower puts a down payment on the vehicle (usually about three months’ payment in advance) and will pay for the vehicle in monthly instalments for a fixed term. The term and mileage are pre-agreed with the lender. Once the fixed period ends, you return the vehicle to the finance company.

You'll be charged more if you go over the agreed mileage limit or hand the vehicle back with damage.

Hire purchase

Hire purchase is a good option if you want to own the vehicle outright at the end of the agreement. You’ll usually need to pay a deposit of around 10% of the vehicle’s value and then make monthly payments until the car is paid off.

The vehicle isn’t yours until you’ve made the last payment. Agreements usually last between one and five years.

Finance lease

A finance lease is a type of asset finance. It’s a great way to access the best vehicles without having to buy them outright, particularly if you want to invest in electric or hybrid vehicles, as they’re expensive. Leasing allows you to return the vehicle at the end of the agreement and take out a new lease agreement on a brand-new vehicle, or you can buy the vehicle for a pre-agreed sum.

Business loans

You can always apply for a small business loan to purchase company vehicles. Business loans can be spent on anything business-related and come as secured or unsecured. Get a lump sum paid into your business bank account and repay in affordable monthly instalments, with interest.

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Do I need an automotive loan?

Whether you need one depends on your circumstances. For example, if you can afford to and you’d rather purchase a vehicle outright, you might not want to apply for a loan. But a business loan for vehicles could be a good option if you want to pay for your vehicle in affordable monthly instalments.

By paying monthly for your commercial vehicle, you can keep more cash in your business, achieving a healthier cash flow.

How can I apply for a business vehicle loan?

Applying for automotive finance is quick and easy, simply fill in our short form and tell us how much you’re looking to borrow, what you’re borrowing it for and how long you want to borrow for.

Then, we’ll immediately show you various loan options from our panel of trusted UK direct lenders. But, of course, there’s no obligation to accept any quote.

Why choose Capalona to arrange an automotive loan?

It’s important to compare your business finance options. Otherwise, you don’t know what’s out there, and you need to find the best deal for your business needs. We’ve helped thousands of SME business owners find the business finance they need to purchase vehicles.

Our loan comparison tool is free to use — comparing alternative lenders has never been easier. See what automotive loan deals are available to you. Get a quote today.

About the author

Richard Wilcock
Written by Richard Wilcock

Money Writer, Director and Co-Founder

Richard is one of the Co-Founders here at Capalona and has over twenty years of experience in the marketing industry, specialising in the finance sector.

Updated: August 09, 2023
Published: May 16, 2023
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