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AVC Salary Sacrifice Scheme

Salary sacrifice schemes offer a unique opportunity for employees to acquire new vehicles through their employer without the need for a traditional credit check. This is because the credit risk is assumed by the employer, not the individual employee. Such an arrangement can be highly beneficial not only to those with less than excellent credit profiles but also to individuals with perfect credit scores. By bypassing the need for personal credit to secure a vehicle, employees can preserve their credit capacity for other investments that might offer returns, rather than tying it up in a depreciating asset like a car. This aspect of salary sacrifice schemes makes it an attractive option for a broad range of employees, enhancing its appeal as a flexible and inclusive benefit.

However, it's crucial to recognize that salary sacrifice for a vehicle might not suit everyone's needs or preferences, particularly when considering the transition to electric vehicles (EVs). The hesitancy towards fully electric vehicles often stems from concerns about the UK's EV charging infrastructure and the anxiety over the range capabilities of these vehicles. In this context, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) emerge as a compelling compromise. PHEVs, which combine internal combustion engines with electric power, offer a practical solution for those wary of going fully electric. They provide a bridge technology, allowing users to benefit from electric power for daily commutes while retaining the traditional engine for longer journeys without the worry of finding a charging station.

For those considering a vehicle through a salary sacrifice scheme, tools like the AVC salary sacrifice calculator can be invaluable. This calculator can help employees assess the financial implications of acquiring a plug-in hybrid through the scheme, even in scenarios where the savings might be minimal or the payment impacts are negative. Understanding these dynamics is essential for making an informed decision about whether a salary sacrifice scheme aligns with one's personal and financial circumstances, especially in the context of evolving automotive technologies and the gradual shift towards more sustainable transportation options.

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