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What are hire purchase agreements?
Hire purchase agreements are a type of credit, most commonly used by people to purchase goods such as cars, or large household appliances. Under a hire purchase agreement, the creditor remains the legal owner of the goods until you have repaid the sums due under the agreement. At the end of the agreement, you as the debtor have the option purchase the goods or return them to the creditor.
Sometimes, the hire purchase agreements may be challengeable by virtue of the fact that they do not comply with the strict consumer credit legislation, rendering them unenforceable. However, what happens if you fall behind on your repayments, and the agreement complies with the consumer credit legislation?
When you fall behind on your repayments, a creditor will often try to repossess the goods from you, and normally asks you to consent to returning the goods to them. However, this will not end your liability under the agreement, as even when the goods have been repossessed and sold, the creditor will pursue you for any other monies outstanding on the agreement.