Taking out a finance contract for someone else to benefit from is called accommodation finance. For example, this could mean a parent taking out a car lease for their son or daughter.
It depends on the circumstances of the accommodation finance as to whether it is acceptable for someone else to take out finance on your behalf. The criteria for these circumstances can differ depending on which finance company the lease deal is funded by. The generally accepted criteria for accommodation finance are as follows:
It should be noted that some finance companies do not accept any kind of accommodation finance regardless of the circumstances. We recommend that you check the rules regarding accommodation finance before you fill out a finance application so that you are fully aware of whether it is acceptable or not.
The reason that some finance companies do not accept accommodation finance deals is to do with the risk involved. For accommodation finance, it relies upon the relationship between the person driving the car and the person paying for the finance. If that relationship breaks down (for whatever reason), there is no guarantee that the car is returned to the finance company at the end of the contract.
While accommodation finance itself is not illegal (although heavily frowned upon by some finance companies), you may be committing fraud instead by not declaring that you are doing it. When it comes to signing your contract, there is usually an area where you sign to declare that you will be the main driver of the vehicle.
If you have any questions about accommodation finance, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. You can send us a message on our live chat service, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and call us on 0345 350 3776.