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APR and Flat Rate Interest: What’s The Difference?

Whether you're new to the world of car finance or experienced, some still get confused about interest rates.

We have tried to simplify the differences between APR and flat interest rates, they are very different and you need to understand.

Understand the Jargon

When it comes to applying for car finance, it can be easy to find yourself stumbling over confusing terminology, particularly when it comes to understanding the difference between APR and flat rate interest.

So, what is the difference?

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Flat Rate Interest

In basic terms, flat rate interest is the % of interest charged on the initial loan amount for each year the loan is in place.

For example:

  • Borrow £10,000 at a flat interest rate of 5% over 4 years
  • You’re charged 5% of £10,000 (£500) per year, for 4 years
  • Total cost of interest will be 4 x £500 = £2000
  • So you borrow £10,000 and pay back £12,000

Note: this means you are charged the interest on the original amount you borrow, no matter how much you have paid off. So with our £1,000 loan over 4 years, even in the last year, you’re still paying interest on £1,000 – despite the fact that you’ve paid most of it off.

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APR %

APR is the annual rate that is charged for borrowing, expressed as a percentage that represents the actual yearly cost of funds over the term of a loan. This includes any fees or additional costs associated with the transaction.

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