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5 ways the cost of living has changed since 1966

UK Bobby Moore World Cup postage stampHas ‘fifty years of hurt’ come by already? Saturday 30 July marks the fiftieth anniversary of English football’s finest moment, when they thought it was all over (and it was) and England’s XI won the World Cup for the first and only time with a 4-2 win over West Germany at a sun-drenched Wembley Stadium.

We thought it would be interesting to look at five ways the cost of living may have changed since 1966 – in real terms – which brought up some surprises.

1.       Buying a house – In 1966 the average cost of a house was £3,620, which equates to about £60,848 in today’s money. In contrast, the average cost of a house in the UK broke the £200,000 barrier for the first time in April 2016, going up to £313,000 in the south of England.   Continue reading

Will voluntary termination of car finance affect my credit score?

Dear James,

I’ve had a car on finance, but it’s not really suitable for my daily use. Will voluntarily terminating my car finance agreement affect my credit score and could it prevent me from getting another car on finance?

Nicola, Port Glasgow

Dear Nicola,

Ending a car finance agreement early using ‘voluntary termination’ is your legal right, as long as you’ve paid at least half of the total amount due and you hand the car back in satisfactory condition. You should then be left owing nothing and the lender should update your credit report to reflect this. The lender may also add a voluntary termination marker to the entry on your credit report which explains to other lenders why the finance was settled early. Your credit score should not be affected, as long as you have paid all of your monthly payments on time up to the point you hand the keys back, so you should not see any late payments registered. Lastly, unless any lender you approach has a policy of not lending to people who’ve opted for a voluntary termination in the past – and I’ve not seen any evidence of this – then it should not affect your chances of securing credit in the future. (January 2016)

You can find archived Ask James questions arranged under subject headings such as ‘applying for credit’, ‘credit and debt’ and ‘fraud’ at the main Ask James page.

Buying a car? The young want them new – and leased

car-buying-18-24-years-600How much did you spend on your first car? Many of us will have handed over a few hundred pounds at most just to get our young hands on a car of our own, even if it had seen better days and was hardly the most prestigious car on the road.

Well, things have changed these days, with a generation gap when it comes to car-buying habits.  One in five 18-24 year olds, rather than buying a used and fairly old car, now chooses to lease their car. This is more than double any other age group, with just 5% of 41-45 year olds, and 6% of 46-50 year olds choosing this type of credit.*

Older people – those who may have started with a relative old banger – are more likely to use cash or savings – up to 70% amongst those aged 61 and over. Meanwhile younger drivers appear to be taking advantage of affordable credit deals to skip a step, and move straight up to newer, more desirable models. Continue reading

How your credit report can help you get the best car finance deal

Guest post from Danielle Mannus, Social Media Manager at Zuto

With car finance, a good credit rating can make the difference

With car finance, a good credit rating can make the difference

Buying a car is one of the biggest purchasing decisions most people make and, with 75% of new car purchases involving finance, getting the best car finance deal available is really important.

As with most types of borrowing, car finance lenders review applicants’ financial records with credit reference agencies when deciding whether to offer finance, how much to lend and what interest rates to charge.  This means that viewing your credit report before applying for car finance, and making any changes that you can to improve your creditworthiness, will help you to get the best car finance deal available.

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