Latest News: The New Renault Master has been named 2020 Van of the Year and 2020 Best Large Van at the annual What Van? Awards. In addition, New Master Z.E. was Highly Commended in the new Minibus of the Year category. In a hard-fought competition with the newest vans of the year, it was New Master’s blend of useful space, versatile interior, segment-leading features and low running costs that clinched it for Renault. Speaking about New Renault Master’s success, James Dallas, Editor What Van? said, “The heavily-revised Renault Master is a great looking van with a refined and frugal choice of 2.3-litre diesel engine outputs married to both manual and automatic transmissions. It is available in front and rear-wheel drive and offers enough payload and load volume options to suit myriad applications. A wide range of conversions are up for grabs and a wealth of driver-assistance features and a well laid out, user-friendly cabin also enhances the overall package. With an electric model already available and a hydrogen-powered version to come Renault is looking to the future with the Master, which offers a breadth of choice unrivalled in the large van sector.” Stephen Whitcombe, Head of Brand for Pro+ Commercial Vehicles, Groupe Renault UK added: “We are delighted that New Master has been recognised with these prestigious What Van? awards. The latest version sets the standard with its new engines, a car-like and comfortable interior and, crucially, a wide range of bodies that means business users and trades can do their work more easily and efficiently, supported by a dedicated network of 33 Pro+ dealers.” New Master debuted earlier this year and brings many improvements and refinements to this well-established model, including a new twin-turbocharged 2.3 dCi diesel engine that’s available in several different power outputs setting new standards for power and efficiency. New Master also benefits from fresh and more assertive exterior looks, plus an interior that’s more comfortable and car-like than ever, offering more practicality and even doubling as a mobile office. Connectivity is improved with the R&GO app and Media Nav Evolution option, which includes Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™. Safety is also a priority, with a full suite available of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) including Active Emergency Braking System optional across the range. New Master continues to offer businesses and trades remarkable flexibility, with a choice of three body heights and four different lengths. There’s also the option of front, rear or four-wheel drive transmission, plus either a six-speed manual or six-speed Quickshift automatic gearboxes. There are four Gross Vehicle Weights (GVW): 2800, 3300, 3500 or 4500kg, while New Master’s available load volume stretches from between 6.9m3 to 22m3, with a payload of up to 2158kg. For business users and fleets facing environmental challenges and a requirement to meet new legislation such as low emissions zones, a 100 percent electric New Master is also available. The Master Z.E. is powered by a 57kW motor that gives a real-world range of 75 miles, and benefits from the improvements applied to the rest of the range. In total, there are 99 versions of New Master, priced from £26,350 excl. VAT. New Master is available to order now.
Finance Plans Explained at Motorvogue
From PCP to hire purchase, here's everything you need to know about financing your next car.
Car finance might seem daunting, but in reality it's just a simple two-stage process.
The first stage is to decide on the type of car deal you want: loan, lease, hire purchase, or dealer finance. Then it's a simple matter of choosing the provider whose product best suits your needs.
Personal Contract Hire (PCH)
The word 'Hire' tells you what PCH is all about. Basically you're renting a car for (typically) two or three years, with an agreed mileage limit of (typically) 10,000 miles a year. There's no option to buy the car at the end of the contract; you just hand the keys back to the finance provider. In effect, your payments are only covering the car's depreciation.
While you're running it, you're responsible for the car's upkeep. On the plus side, the deposit is low (three or six months' rental is common), as are the fixed monthly repayments, and you can blunt the impact of repair bills by incorporating a maintenance element into the agreement. Check that a separate manufacturer servicing package won't be cheaper before you tick that box, however.
Cars that hold their value well are a good PCH option, because the difference in their new and three-year-old values will be smaller, so you'll repay a lower amount. Cars that plummet in value from new are a bad choice, because you'll repay a much larger amount.
Just as with PCP, you'll need to make sure the car is in good condition when you hand it back, or you could face additional fees as the finance firm cleans it up.
Go for PCH if you say yes to one or more of these statements:
You don't want to own a car, or suffer its depreciation
You like being able to change cars frequently
You like the idea of driving better cars than you could normally afford
You don't mind looking after cars
Personal Contract Purchase (PCP)
It's a bit like HP in that there's a deposit to pay, a fixed interest rate, and monthly repayments over a choice of lending terms, which are usually between 12 and 36 months.
Where PCP differs from HP is at the end of the term. Then you'll have three choices. You can:
- Return the car to the supplier
- Keep the car
- Trade the car in against a replacement
The first option, returning the car, costs nothing, unless you've gone over an agreed mileage or failed to return it in good condition. In either case there'll be an excess to pay.
Keeping the car means making a final 'balloon' payment. This amount is the car's guaranteed future value, or GFV, which is set at the start of the agreement.
The GFV is based on various factors, including the length of the loan and the anticipated mileage as well as the car's projected retail value. If you exercise this final buying option, you can of course keep running the car, or you can sell it, pocketing any equity above the GFV that you've paid back to the lease company.
If you're trading the car in, any GFV equity can be used as a deposit towards the next one.
Just bear in mind that the GFV doesn't always contain a huge amount of equity at the end of the term - so when you're working out monthly costs, it's probably wise to factor in a few extra pounds per month that you can put away in preparation for the next deposit at the end of two or three years.
If the car has gone into negative equity – which can happen – you'll have to find all of that deposit if you want a further PCP. Shorter leases are more likely to come with more accurate GFVs and manufacturers are quite proactive in trying to get you out of a car early if they think there's scope to get you into a new one on a decent monthly rate; it's not uncommon dealers to call customers on three-year deals about a year early - because doing a new PCP keeps the buyer tied to that manufacturer for a further period of time.
Go for PCP if you say yes to one or more of these statements:
- You want lower monthly repayments
- You like the flexibility of options at the end of the agreement
- You can confidently and accurately nominate your mileage
Under HP agreements, there's a deposit to pay – typically 10% – followed by fixed monthly payments. The car is owned by the HP company until the final payment – and any 'option to purchase' ownership-transfer fee – has been paid. Up to that point, the person making the payments has no legal right to sell the vehicle.
Nevertheless, some 'owners' do sell 'their' cars before the final payment. The good news for buyers of these 'non-paid-up' HP cars is that the law clearly protects private purchasers who buy without notice of any undischarged HP agreement.
No matter what the police or anyone else might tell you, you'll get a good title to the car if you buy an HP car under these circumstances. The finance company can take action against the seller if they wish, but it's not your problem.
The credit on an HP agreement is secured against the car, so it's like dealer finance in that the only the car can be seized in the event of a default. If you need to sell the car before the end of the agreement, you'll have to repay the outstanding debt first – and 'early settlement' fees may apply.
Go for HP if you say yes to one or more of these statements:
- Eventual ownership is important to you
- Your budget and circumstances suit fixed monthly repayments
- Your disposable income is likely to decrease over the agreement term (eg if you're planning a family)
- You like low-risk credit secured against the car only
- You don't mind not owning the car until the debt is fully repaid
CONSUMER CREDIT & GENERAL INSURANCE
Motorvogue (Northampton)Ltd is an Appointed Representative of Automotive Compliance Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA No 497010). Automotive Compliance Ltd’s permissions as a Principal Firm allows Motorvogue (Northampton)Ltd to act as a credit broker, not as a lender, for the introduction to a limited number of finance providers and to act as an agent on behalf of the insurer for insurance distribution activities only.