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PCP vs Lease: Which is Best for You?

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PCP vs Lease: Which is Best for You?

There is no doubt that buying a car is a big investment. Nowadays , various car financing plans and methods give drivers more choice and flexibility when it comes to purchasing a vehicle. More specifically, PCP and leasing are becoming increasingly popular choices for financing a car.

At Kia, we understand that PCP or lease both offer advantages to many drivers. However, choosing the right option for you is crucial for maximising long-term value and making your commitment worthwhile.

In this article, we will break down the pros and cons when it comes to PCP vs lease.

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What is PCP and how does it work?

Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) is a type of car finance that allows drivers to spread the upfront cost of a car over an agreed-upon term. PCP car deals require you to pay an upfront deposit for the vehicle. You then contribute monthly repayments over the length of the contract.

At the end of the PCP contract, you will have three options: return, renew or buy. You can choose to purchase the vehicle with an optional final payment. If you choose to renew, you may also be able to use any equity you’ve built during your contract towards a deposit for an upgraded car.

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What is leasing and how does it work?

Car leasing is another type of car financing where the driver pays a monthly fee on a brand-new car over a set term or contract. A leasing agreement involves fixed-rate, monthly payments, without interest, and an annual mileage limit that you must adhere to.

At the end of a leasing contract, the lessee simply hands the car back. As a lessee, you are essentially renting the vehicle and have no option of owning it at the end of the lease term. You are also not covered by voluntary termination (VT) rights, meaning you cannot hand back the vehicle before your contract has ended.

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What is Contract Hire Purchase?

Contract hire purchasing has similar elements to both leasing and PCP. Hire purchase is a type of a credit agreement where the driver pays a deposit and then pays off an agreed balance over a set period of time. Once the driver has made the final payment at the end of the contract, the car is legally theirs.

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PCP vs. Lease: The Pros

Aside from their shared benefit of eliminating the upfront cost, both PCP and lease have numerous individual advantages.

PCP Pros

More options at the end of the contract
PCP provides three options when you reach the end of your contract, giving you greater flexibility

Opportunity to build equity
PCP gives drivers the opportunity to build equity over the course of their contract, which can then be used as part of a deposit for a newer model

Choice of cars
PCP deals include both new and used cars, so drivers can opt for an older car with more affordable rates

Early termination
PCP contracts may be able to be terminated early for an additional fee

Lower monthly payments
Monthly repayments tend to be lower than monthly lease payments

Flexible loan terms
PCP deals give you greater flexibility around how much you want to pay initially as a deposit as well as the length of your contract

Lease Pros

Brand new car
Car leasing allows you to drive a brand-new car at affordable monthly rates without paying an upfront cost

No interest
Unlike PCP, there is no interest on lease payments, so your monthly fee is fixed

Fixed price
With car leasing, you pay a fixed price each month that is set out from the beginning of your contract. With no interest or equity, you won’t find any unexpected costs or sudden increases

Lower deposit
Deposits tend to be lower for lease deals than with PCPs and can sometimes be as low as one month’s payment

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PCP vs. Lease: The Cons

Whether you’re thinking about a PCP or lease deal, both options have their respective limitations and complexities that drivers must be aware of.

PCP Cons

Includes interest
PCP payments include a fixed interest rate

Mileage and damage charges
You will likely be charged for any damages to your vehicle or if you exceed the annual mileage set in your contract

Expensive balloon payment
Balloon payments to own the car outright can be expensive

Lease Cons

Less contract flexibility
Lease deals provide less flexibility with deposit payments and term lengths

Mileage and damage charges
You will be charged for any damages to your vehicle or if you exceed the annual mileage set in your contract

No choice to buy
You will not own the car at any point of your lease, with no option to buy at the end of the contract

Limited car choice
Lease is only available with brand-new cars, so drivers cannot cut costs by leasing used or old cars

No early termination
Lease agreements have no option for early termination of your contract

So, is lease or PCP worth it?

Both finance options provide a great alternative for running a car without paying the upfront cost. Deciding which one is best for you ultimately comes down to assessing your own situation. For instance, if you’re wanting to own the car at the end of your contract, a PCP car deal may be worth consideration. However, if you simply want a fixed monthly payment on a brand-new car, leasing might be better for you.

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PCP with Kia

At Kia, we understand that purchasing a car is a big investment, so we want to give you more options to make owning your dream car possible. That’s why we provide flexible and tailored PCP car deals on a wide range of cars, including SUVs, family cars, crossovers, hatchbacks, and more.

We strongly believe that planet-friendly driving should be accessible to everyone, which is why our PCP deals are available for a range of Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, and Electric cars. These include the award-winning Kia EV6, as well as the Niro EV, Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid and the Sportage Hybrid.

Embrace what’s possible and join the future of driving when you explore PCP car deals at Kia.

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*Fuel economy and emissions: driving range standards are calculated using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).


**There are certain situations in which the petrol engine will automatically activate even when the vehicle is in EV mode. Examples could include: when the hybrid battery state of charge is reduced to a certain level, when acceleration demand is high and/or when it is required to heat up the cabin.


*** Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)


Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) is an assistance system and does not relieve the driver from their responsibility to safely operate the vehicle at any time. The driver still has to adapt their driving behaviour to their personal driving capabilities, to the legal requirements and to the overall road and traffic conditions. FCA is not designed to drive the vehicle autonomously. For further information, please refer to the owner’s manual.