Currently reading: Monthly payment hike shows true cost of new-car price increases
Car payments have risen by up to six times the rate of inflation, but the trajectory could soon level off

The monthly payment figure for new cars has increased by up to six times the national inflation figure, depending on brand and model, analysis by the What Car? Target Price team has shown.

The monthly price increase for personal contract purchase (PCP) finance – overwhelmingly the most popular way for UK consumers to buy a car – shot up 12.4% on average between September 2021 and September 2022.

Across all 2469 new car deals surveyed, the average monthly cost rose from £479 to £538.

However, eight brands hiked their PCP prices by more than 20%, Peugeot topping the list of mainstream brands with a 36% increase.

Meanwhile, Renault, Mini and Dacia showed the most restraint with rises of 4%, 3.5%

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