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I would like to borrow
£1,500
To pay back over
3.5 years

Representative Example: Borrowing £5,500 over 48 months with a representative APR of 19.8%, the amount payable would be £163 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,283 and a total amount payable of £7,783.

Who is my car finance with?

It’s not uncommon to have a lot of payments going out of your bank account – and with household bills, insurance payments, and subscription services – it’s easy to lose track.

If you can’t remember who your car finance is with, there’s no need to panic. We’ll take you through a handful of ways you can find out. Don’t worry if the first few don’t work – our final tip works for everyone.

Check your paperwork

The first place to check should be your paperwork. It’s always a good idea to keep official statements and agreements – and you’ll almost certainly have been advised to do so when you signed your finance paperwork.

Chances are, your finance paperwork is going to be a bundle of pages – with lots of terms and conditions, account numbers, and details of your vehicle throughout. 

If you can find your paperwork, the finance company who has provided the loan for your car should have their name right at the top. 

Try searching your emails

No luck tracking down your paperwork? No need to worry. Why not try searching your email inbox instead?

Most email services have a search function – so even if you’ve got thousands of emails to search through, you should be able to track your finance details down quickly by searching for “car finance”, “finance agreement”, or the registration number of your car.

If you find the emails you’re looking for, make sure they contain personal details that relate to you, your car, and your finance agreement. If you’re sure you’re looking at the right information, the company that sent it is likely to be the firm you’ve got your agreement with.

Check your bank statements

If you’re having trouble tracking down any paper or electronic records, you might have more luck searching through your bank statements. 

If you’ve got an idea or either how much your monthly finance payment is for – or when you make your payment, you should be able to quickly skip to the right transactions. If for any reason, it’s not clear who your payment is made to, you could give you bank a call and get them to help.

Speak to the dealership

If you’re struggling to track down paperwork or payment details, it’s always worth giving the dealership you bought your car from a call. 

Although dealerships tend to have a number of different finance companies they work with, they will usually have a record of who provided your finance against your name on their system. What’s more, they may be able to give you contact details – or even provide you with copies of the paperwork you got when you signed for your car. 

Still no luck?

You will almost certainly have found out who provides your car finance using one of the methods above – but if you haven’t, don’t worry; there’s another option.

As part of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, you’re entitled to what’s known as your ‘statutory credit report’ – a report showing the information that’s held about you by the three main credit referencing agencies. You can apply for your statutory credit report through any of the following agencies:

Although these are separate companies, they’ll usually provide you with very similar information – although the format might be slightly different. There used to be a small charge when you requested your credit report – but changes in data protection laws now mean the agencies must provide the information for free.

You might have to wait a week or two – but when your report arrives (usually either by email or through the post), it should list all the companies you have credit agreements with. Your car finance company will be on that list.

Other related FAQs

Looking for more related content to this? We’ve picked a selection of related topics that you may find helpful

Car loans can be secured or unsecured, depending on the type of agreement you get.

The maximum age of used cars eligible for finance agreements tends to be 10 years, although there are exceptions to this.

Yes, certain lenders will consider offering finance for a vehicle that is sold privately.

Your ‘settlement figure’ is the amount that the car finance company require to pay off your finance in full. Since this changes as interest is added and as payments are made, requested settlement figures are usually only valid for a short time.

The simplest way to find out how much is left on your car finance agreement is to contact your lender. Alternatively, you can calculate this figure yourself.

Car finance companies don’t usually contact employers to assess eligibility. However, in some circumstances, they might.

A guarantor car loan is an agreement in which a third party (usually a family member or friend) agrees to guarantee the repayment of your loan if you fail to keep up with your payments.

Car finance is a loan – but it’s one that’s often secured against the vehicle you’ve decided you want. As such, it’s often viewed a little differently to a personal loan – which is not secured against anything.

In general, you cannot simply transfer a car finance agreement to someone else. However, there may be other options available to you that meet your needs.

Buying a used car with a finance agreement can be a good option. As with any financial agreement though, it’s always important to check the details carefully and to consider the pros and cons.