Cars for young drivers FAQs

Here are some of the queries we're most commonly asked. If there is something you would like to know, then take a look through and see if we've answered it here.

semi-circlesemi-circle

Got a question? Take a look and see if we’ve answered it here

How does the car and insurance scheme work?arrow
Cars for Young Drivers is our unique (and rather clever) scheme to help young drivers like you, to get their own car and insurance and start building up a No Claims Bonus. Although the majority of applicants will receive free or discounted insurance, in some circumstances we will provide a contribution towards your deposit.
How does the insurance work?arrow
The policy uses clever black box technology to monitor how you're driving and encourage you to be a safe and responsible driver. There's lots more information about our insurance here.
What is the difference between HP and PCP?arrow
All these letters can be tricky to get your head around, so this is what they mean... PCP stands for Personal Contract Purchase and you can take this out for 2, 3 or 4 years. You'll pay a deposit and then make monthly payments. At the end of the agreement, if you have chosen a Personal Contract Purchase you have the option to simply hand the car back and pay no more (subject to the mileage and condition of the car), or you can make the final payment to own and keep the car. If you have chosen Hire Purchase there are no further payments due – you’ll own the car after you’ve paid your last instalment.
See, it all makes sense now!
What happens with my insurance after the first year?arrow
We'll send you a renewal which we hope you think is a fair offer, but you don't have to take it and if you can find a more suitable policy somewhere else you can move your insurance (we'll miss you though!)
Will my new car be taxed and MOT'd?arrow
All our cars will be taxed for 12 months' and because they're all lovely and new, they won't need an MOT until they are three years old.
Who covers maintenance costs on my car?arrow
You'll have to cover all the service and maintenance costs on the car yourself.
What warranty is on the car?arrow
Again, because our cars are all shiny and new, they'll all come with a standard warranty offered by the manufacturer.
How much deposit do I have to pay?arrow
You can choose to pay a deposit from as low as £500. Remember that the higher the deposit the lower your monthly repayments will be and the more likely it will be that your finance application will be approved.
Can I use Cars for Young Drivers before I have passed my test?arrow
Yes you can, the insurance can be used if you're a full or provisional licence holder and the premium won't even change when you pass your test.
Where do the new cars come from?arrow
We get our new cars from a manufacturer's main dealer. We work with a lot of selected manufacturers that may not always be on your doorstep. But don't worry, we can always arrange for a car to be delivered from the dealer to your home, with a cost of around £1 per mile. Of course, if you wanted to, you can always collect the car from the dealer yourself, it's up to you!
Is the car delivered to me?arrow
We can arrange delivery to you straight from the supplier at a cost of around £1 per mile. Or you're welcome to collect it yourself from the dealership.
How long will it take to get my car?arrow
It varies depending on how easy it is to get hold of your car. If your car is a fairly standard make and model, and in a popular colour (like black, blue or silver) then we'll probably have something in stock and it can be ready in 3-6 weeks.
If we haven't got the car in stock that you're after (for example if you wanted extras above the normal specifications, or you wanted it in a less popular colour) we'd have to get the car built for you and this means it should be with you in up to 12 weeks.
The waiting time for the cars is because we need to either source your car or get it built. Then, we get it shipped, do all the necessary paperwork and make sure it's in tip top condition before we let you have it.
So, it really is worth the wait!
Can I pay the car off early?arrow
If you want to, yes. The first thing you need to do is get in touch with your finance company and get what's called a settlement figure. Then once you've paid off all the outstanding finance of the car your monthly payments will stop and the car will be all yours.
Do I have to have a black box fitted?arrow
Yes, but it is a good thing, honestly! You see, our insurance policy uses the black box technology to monitor how you're driving. We know that this helps encourage you to drive more safely and reduces the risk of you having an accident. This all means that we can offer really good deals on the insurance too.
How long do I have to have the black box for?arrow
As long as you're insured with us, the black box will be active in your car. If you stop having your insurance with us, the box will stay in the car (because you've bought it and it's yours), but we'll simply turn it off.
What if I can no longer afford the car or I don't need it or want it anymore?arrow
You'd need to pay off all the outstanding finance and your finance company will give you a settlement figure. Once you've paid this off the car becomes yours and you're free to sell it.
Is there an age limit for buying a Marmalade car?arrow
Cars for Young Drivers is only available to young drivers aged between 17 and 24.
What level of cover is provided by the insurance?arrow
The insurance is a comprehensive policy, which means you are covered for damage caused to your vehicle, theft of your vehicle, windscreen damage and other things such as medical expenses following an accident.
Why can't I get Free Insurance with Marmalade?arrow
Now, you know us, we're always trying to make things as easy and fair as possible for young drivers. And even though we're always working hard with insurance companies to make sure we can cover as many young people as we possibly can, there are certain postcodes and types of jobs (like professional sportsperson or musician) that we just can't cover. In these circumstances, we will offer discounted insurance or a contribution towards your deposit.
How many miles can I drive each year in my new car?arrow
From an insurance point of view, Marmalade do not limit the number of miles you are able to drive; however when you apply for car finance, the quote from the finance provider is based on an annual mileage of 8,000 miles. This can be altered once you have applied, and if you need to speak to us about your mileage options, then you can call our New Car team on 0333 358 3441.
Any additional miles that you have driven by the end of your contract, will be charged between 5 – 15p per mile depending on the lender.
How likely am I to be approved for finance?arrow
If you're aged under 21, you're unlikely to have built up much credit history, so approval will be based on your personal circumstances. Having a guarantor increases your chance of being approved - thus allowing you to start building up your credit score.
What is the definition of a guarantor?arrow
A guarantor is someone who formally promises to pay the finance if the young driver is unable to make the repayments.
Before agreeing to become a guarantor for a young driver, it is important you check that you are able to afford the repayments (if they fail to pay the finance instalments), as non-payment pay could affect both your, and their, credit score and result in repossession of the car.
Is there any benefit to adding a guarantor to my finance application?arrow
Adding a guarantor increases your chance of being approved - allowing you start building up your credit score with finance in your own name. This is very helpful if you're aged under 21 and have had little time to build up your credit history.
What is a joint hirer?arrow
If you are purchasing a Fiat through Marmalade, and you are aged under 21, you may opt to apply for finance with a joint hirer. A Joint Hirer is someone who is jointly responsible with you to pay the finance agreement. If you do stop paying, or are unable to afford the repayments, we may call upon the Joint Hirer to make those payments. Failure to pay may affect the credit rating of both Joint Hirers, and may result in the repossession of the car.

We’re here to help

Speak to a member of our friendly cars team

CLOSED

Win a Brand New Car!

Sign up to our newsletter for a chance to win a brand new car!

Visit the Driver Hub

Check out the latest stories and blogs from young drivers

Become a Marmalade blogger!

Get involved, share your stories and earn shopping vouchers

Trustpilot Logo