For companies, with high value cars that would like the option to purchase their vehicles, but don't want any depreciation risks. Can be known as personal car finance or CP this is a conditional sale agreement, structured as the user contracting to purchase the vehicle over a set period of time. It typically incorporates full maintenance. There is usually a final balloon payment (i.e. a single large final payment), after which legal ownership passes to the user. In practice most users do not make the final payment, opting instead to return the vehicle to the finance company, thereby avoiding the burden of disposal. The repayment figures and maintenance element are based on time and mileage. Like other purchasing schemes the vehicle is purchased exclusive of VAT and repayments do not carry VAT accept for the maintenance element if taken of which 100% is recoverable.
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