Car Finance with a CCJ


4 Years


48 monthly repayments

Best available rate 6.9%

Total cost of credit £1,140.16

Total repayment £9,140.16

Representative example:

Borrowing £6,500 over 48 months with a representative APR of 21.4%, an annual interest rate of 21.4% (Fixed) and a deposit of £0.00, the amount payable would be £196.24 per month, with a total cost of credit of £2,919.52 and a total amount payable of £9,419.52

Having a CCJ can make it difficult to find lenders willing to approve a deal with you for car finance, mortgages and various other credit-related agreements. You may think it is not even possible to get car finance with a CCJ, so it’s imperative that you spend time educating yourself on what a CCJ is and how it can affect your application to improve your chances of getting a car finance deal.


What is a CCJ?

A County Court Judgement (CCJ) can be granted against you when you fail to repay any debts that you owe. This is common practice across the UK and the following steps will be completed before you are issued with one:

In certain circumstances, it’s possible to have your CCJ removed from the register if you can pay the full amount of the CCJ within the first month of it being issued. Whilst this does not remove it from your credit file, where it will remain for 6 years, it does help to alleviate some of your debt and will enable you to start building up your credit score.

How Does a CCJ Impact Car Finance Applications?

A CCJ will remain on your record for 6 years once it has been issued. This means that even after you’ve paid off what you owe it can linger and make it difficult to get car finance or other credit deals. This is one of the things that will be taken into account when your credit score is being calculated and may result in you having a poor credit score. As it remains on your file even once you’ve paid it off, it can still negatively impact your chances of getting approved for credit agreements.

This negative impact on your credit score becomes a problem when applying for car finance, as it means you may not perform as well as you’d like in the credit check. Whilst it may not mean that you completely fail the credit check, having a poor credit rating can sometimes lead to paying higher premiums than you would with a good credit score.

Certain lenders may choose not to offer you the credit to purchase a new car, but there are specialist bad credit car finance companies such as us here at ChooseMyCar, who aim to help those with bad credit, no credit, a CCJ, or IVA to get back on the road in a safe, affordable manner.

Can I Get Car Finance with a CCJ?

Car finance and CCJs can be a complicated mix. At these times it’s even more important than usual to ensure that you have a regular income and having a car could be key to this.

We understand that everyone’s situation is different and we’d encourage you to use our car finance calculator to see what you can afford.

If you have a CCJ and are interested in applying for car finance then we’re happy to help you find the best option for you. ChooseMyCar takes every application individually, and we have a wide range of lenders who will consider people with bad credit. Applying online will affect your credit rating, and will allow you to find out your eligibility for car finance, even with a CCJ.

At ChooseMyCar, we use a soft credit check followed by a hard search during our credit checks, which is a very beneficial process for those with bad credit; hard credit checks can have an impact on your credit score if they’re carried out too often, so by completing a soft search first you’re able to see whether it’s worth applying for a credit agreement before committing to a hard search. Soft searches are not as comprehensive and detailed as hard searches, meaning they give a general outline of the applicant’s credit history rather than an in-depth dive into their finances. This does, however, mean that you may not always get the same result from your soft and hard searches, so we can’t guarantee that a successful soft search will lead to a successful car finance application.

If you want to understand more about car finance for people with bad credit or find out about IVAs, check out our guide.

Managing Your Finances and Avoiding a CCJ

While it’s best to pay off debt quickly, it doesn’t stop many from struggling to meet debt repayments. If you are one of those struggling, we would recommend getting advice through a reputable debt advisor. We’d recommend someone like the debt charity Step Change, who offer advice and support for those struggling with debt-related problems.

Often you can agree on a repayment plan without having to go through court action by simply contacting your creditor and explaining your situation to them before they decide to start formal court action. By being more communicative, you are less likely to be handed a CCJ. Following these conversations, we often see agreements struck between the lender and the borrower to allow the repayments to be made without court action.

Managing your finances efficiently and paying off your debts quickly and, in an ideal world, early, can reflect very well on you. It shows lenders that you can budget effectively and are a sensible borrower, and can also help you to build up your credit score over time.

Keeping a monthly budget is of utmost importance, especially if you’re considering entering a new credit agreement. You need to know your finances and capabilities before you show lenders what you can offer, this allows you to keep yourself safe from falling into unmanageable debt and ensures that the credit plan you have signed up for is affordable in line with your monthly finances.

How To Lessen The Impact of a CCJ On Your Credit Score

If the worst does happen, and you end up being placed on a CCJ there are several ways that you can lessen the impact.

If you pay up promptly, within one month of the CCJ being issued, then it won’t be recorded on your credit report

If you are in a situation where the CCJ can be disputed, and you can prove to a court that you shouldn’t have been issued one in the first place, you may be able to get it cancelled. You should only take this route if you are a sure thing.

Talk to a credit agency, like Experian or Equifax about your credit file and how the CCJ is affecting it. They may be able to offer you suggestions and advice on how best to minimise the impact.

If an insurance company was responsible for the debt, or more than 6 years have elapsed and it’s still on your file, you can contact a credit agency and get them to remove it. The same is true if you followed the first points above, and paid it off quickly or managed to dispute it. Sometimes it will still be on your file in these circumstances, and you may need to contact an agency to remove it.

Otherwise, the best way to minimise the impact of a CCJ on your credit score is to take steps similar to those when improving your credit score. These steps are generally good financial practice and may well help you be approved for car finance with a CCJ.

How Can ChooseMyCar Help?

ChooseMyCar is a specialist bad credit car finance provider who can help those with poor credit ratings to get the car of their dreams in a more affordable and manageable way than paying for it outright. Our finance deals are structured to offer our customers a simple, clear, and regimented way to pay for their car in a way that’s easy to track – this way you’re able to keep an eye on your monthly outgoing to keep on top of payments.

By using the soft search and hard search system we mentioned before, we’re able to protect both the lender and the applicant in this process, ensuring that the lender receives payment each month whilst also making sure that the applicant can afford these payments without it resulting in heavy amounts of debt.

Guarantor Loans

We also offer guarantor loan car finance, which involves having a third party such as a family member or friend act as a guarantor for the credit that you are offered. In general, your guarantor will not need to be involved in the process often at all – their involvement usually begins and ends by filling out the initial paperwork at the start of the application. Your guarantor is there to help you avoid high-interest rates caused by your low credit scores, so if you were to miss payments the debt would default onto them and they would be responsible for paying the missed payment. Guarantor loans are particularly useful for people with bad credit profiles that are impacted by an IVA/DMP, a CCJ, or for younger applicants who may not yet have much of a credit profile to draw from. If both you and your guarantor miss payments, your credit scores may be impacted, with legal action also a possibility.

Get In Touch

Get in touch with us here at ChooseMyCar to find out how we can help you to get on the road in a new car today! We have a fantastic range of vehicles tailored to fit your needs from large family cars to compact city vehicles – no matter what you are looking for, we’re sure to have options to suit you. Once you’ve found a car within your budget, you simply have to follow our easy online application process which includes a quick response credit check service which will give you a successful or incorrect response in next to no time. Upon passing this credit check, you’ll be able to proceed with your application and set up a payment plan for your new car! Once that’s all in order, we’ll give you a date to come and collect your car and you’ll be on the road again in no time at all.

If you have any questions or queries about our bad credit car finance options, you can get in touch with us either online or by phone on 01617681543.

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Frequently Asked Questions

County Court Judgements may affect your chances of being approved for car finance, however it won’t definitely stop this. As experts in car finance we may be able to help those on CCJs that want to apply for car finance.

For more information read our full guide on CCJs and car finance.

A default may affect your ability to receive car finance approval, but it does not make it impossible – many financial suppliers have customised programmes that allow people with weak credit or no credit history to get on the road. Such financing packages may have slightly higher interest rates and may also require a larger deposit, but this will allow you to get a car in a way that is still affordable.

When applying for car finance, one way to try to reduce the effect of the default on your credit file is to add a ‘correction note’. This is a concise statement explaining the reasons behind the default, which lenders would be able to see when reviewing your credit application. You should still try to contact the lender in the case of a default and make an effort to pay the debt – no matter how small, the payment is an attempt to minimise the debt owed, which could have creditors looking at you more favourably.

Here at ChooseMyCar, we’re specialists in bad credit car finance, which means we understand how tough it can be to find credit when your score isn’t quite as healthy as you’d like it to be. That’s why we have systems in place that help those with bad credit to get back on the road with an affordable finance plan. Our process protects both the creditor and the borrower, ensuring that the finance plan is safe for all involved. The applicant will be subject to a credit check, but only following an initial soft search of their credit file – this allows us to see whether you might be eligible for finance before conducting a hard search which will remain on your account and could have a negative impact on your credit score.

To find out whether you might be eligible for one of our car finance services, simply click here or call us on 01617681543 today.

Checking your credit score is a great first step to building better credit – one you know what it is you’re dealing with, you’ll know how much work needs to be done as well as the areas that you need to work on improving the most. Most credit rating agencies provide a free service, however there are some services that charge a fee; these paid services are often more in-depth and expansive, offering greater detail and more advice on how to improve your score. Once you’re signed up for a credit rating tool, you will usually see a breakdown of the different factors that are considered when generating your score, highlighting where you’re succeeding, where you’re not performing well, and if there are any simple changes you can make to boost your score. Being attentive and proactive with your credit is the best way to ensure that it’s always in top shape – this can mean making your payments on time, keeping your address updated, and ensuring that you are on the electoral roll when you move home.

The credit score required to be approved for car finance is never an exact science – there are many moving variables and in each instance, different criteria will need to be satisfied. This is a positive sign for those with bad credit, as it means that a low score does not necessarily mean that you will be refused, you just need to be able to prove that you will be able to make your payments regularly and in full for the specific deal that you’re enquiring for.

If you have particularly bad credit, or no credit at all for that matter, then a low cost finance plan may be the best choice, By selecting a lower value vehicle, you will be borrowing less money and the payments will be smaller, making them easier to make on a consistent basis. If you can also make a deposit that’s higher than the minimum required deposit, this will also help you to achieve a better approval rate, as you will again be borrowing even less money and you will have given a larger sum of cash up front as a safety net.

Car finance can be one of the best ways to start building up your credit score – you’ll be borrowing a considerable amount of money and making large monthly repayments, so if you can stick to your plan and ensure all your payments are on-time and in full, you stand a great chance of improving your credit score. However, missed payments are likely to have a negative impact on your credit score; missing a payment is a worrying sign and can seriously harm your credibility as a loanee. A missed payment will remain on your credit report for some time too, meaning you could feel the effects of a missed payment for a long time should you ever fail to make payment.

Coming out of bankruptcy, you will notice that your credit score has taken a major hit from what it had previously been, meaning credit will be much harder to come by than it had been before. Unfortunately, this means that you may be expected to pay higher interest rates than you would have before declaring bankruptcy as well as paying bigger deposits too – this is so that the creditor has less risk associated with the agreement.

ChooseMyCar are experts in bad credit car finance, so we’re sure to have a package that’s right for you. From £0 deposit deals to guarantor car finance, we’ve got options to tailor to every person’s individual circumstances. Check out our bankruptcy car finance page for a full rundown of the services we can offer to help you get back on the road.

When you’re under a debt management plan, you’re often left very restricted in terms of applying for new finance deals – debt management plans are put in place to help you manage your existing debt, so ideally you wouldn’t be applying for more credit whilst under one. That being said, it isn’t always possible to go without a car and if a vehicle is deemed necessary in your circumstances then you may still be able to apply for car finance whilst under a DMP.

We’ve got a page dedicated to debt management plans, so if you’re looking for more information then be sure to check that out by clicking here!

ChooseMyCar works with a huge number of car dealerships across the UK to make sure that we’re able to offer everyone the ideal vehicle for their needs. Our selection of used cars features vehicles to suit every price range, ranging from compact cars on a budget to cars with a little more luxury about them, so no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it in our range of used cars.

All of our cars are available on our handy finance plans, allowing you to pay for your car in monthly installments, meaning you won’t have to pay the large up-front cost. Or online applications are free and easy to use, simply fill out the form on our website to find out whether you’re eligible for our finance deals, then browse our cars to find the right car for you. Once that’s done, our team will be in touch to sort out the fine details and you’ll have the keys to your new car in your hand in no time thanks to our free UK mainland delivery service.

Here is an overview of the types of car that we have available at ChooseMyCar:

Being refused for car finance can be really deflating, but don’t worry – there are other options to consider that could help you to get a new set of wheels! Guarantor loans are a useful way for people who have poor credit scores to purchase a car – you can use a friend of family member to be your guarantor, this means that they will be responsible for any outstanding payments on your account should you not maintain regular repayments on the credit that you are receiving. If your guarantor does not make repayments after this, they will also see negative impacts on their credit score, so it’s vital that car finance loans are paid in full each month.

In addition to this, it’s also a smart idea to find out why your application for car finance might have been refused. By finding the cause of the refusal, you’ll have a better idea of which aspects of your credit file need to be worked on. In some cases, your rejection may not have been due to poor credit – there are lots of simple mistakes made on credit applications that could lead to an unwarranted refusal. This can be anything from mistypes, inputting an old address, or filling out some of the data incorrectly.