Should you have a question about how to apply for credit through Hatch these frequently asked questions may help. If you’d like to discuss any of your questions with our team please call us on +44 (0)20 7373 3131.
Who is providing the finance?
Hatch Interiors are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. We are a credit broker not a lender – credit is subject to status and affordability, and is provided by Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC. Terms and conditions apply.
How do I apply for credit on my Hatch purchase?
Just let the sales consultant know via email or phone that you would like to apply for finance. They will give you a link to Hitachi’s online application process.
Who is eligible to apply for finance?
To apply for finance, you must be over the age of 18, work at least 16 hours a week, or be retired with an income. You must also be a resident of the United Kingdom and have lived in the UK for the last 12 months or more.
This is personal finance and must be taken out by an individual rather than a company.
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer online finance to residents of Eire. Homemakers aren't excluded from applying under their own names; however the employment details of your spouse / partner will be required in order to process your application.
When do my repayments start?
Your monthly repayments will begin one month after your purchase has been delivered.
Are there any arrangement fees or hidden extras for credit?
No. There are no arrangement fees, early redemption fees or hidden extras.
Applying for online finance
Applying for finance couldn't be easier or more convenient. When you buy from Hatch Interiors Ltd trading as Hatch Interiors you have the choice of paying in full or applying for finance. If you decide to apply for a loan you will be given a link to the Hitachi site where details of your purchase will be found. You will then be asked to complete an online application form. Just follow the simple instructions, entering your personal details as required and Hitachi will do the rest. The whole process only takes a few minutes and is simple and secure. Once your finance application is approved, you will then be advised of how to sign the finance agreement and you will also receive an email confirming these details. Please read the agreement carefully checking that all the details are correct, then either electronically sign the agreement or print and sign the agreement in both boxes. Post the signed agreement to the address shown on the covering letter of the agreement. Following receipt of your finance agreement and a few additional checks, your goods will be dispatched.
Once my application is approved, what happens next?
Within minutes of your application being approved, you will be presented with the options to either e-sign or print and return your finance agreement. If you choose to e-sign your agreement, a PDF of your agreement will be displayed on screen. You should read the agreement carefully before clicking all the relevant sections agreeing to its terms. Once you have agreed to the terms of the finance agreement Hatch Interiors Ltd trading as Hatch Interiors will be notified and you need do nothing more. If you choose to print and return your agreement you should print the agreement, read it carefully and then sign the document following the instructions on the covering letter. This signed document should then be posted to the address shown on the covering letter of the finance agreement. Note that products will not be allocated to your order until your completed and signed agreement is returned and received by Hitachi Personal Finance. Shipment of your goods will follow soon after your agreement has been returned and received.
Will you credit score me and if so, what does this mean?
Credit scoring is the process used by financial services companies to evaluate the credit risk of new applicants. This technique will be applied to your application for finance by Hitachi. Credit scoring works by awarding points for each answer given on the application form such as age, income and occupation, together with information obtained from credit reference agencies. This information allows consistent decisions to be provided, ensuring all applicants are treated fairly. Credit scoring does not discriminate on the grounds of sex, race, religion or disability.
Will Hatch Interiors have access to my financial information and/or credit score?
Credit scoring will be undertaken by Hitachi Capital and the details that you provide to them will not be released to Hatch. We will only be informed that your application has or hasn’t been successful.
If my application is declined, what is the reason?
In addition to credit scoring, Hitachi also takes into account confirmation of your identity, validation of certain application details, existing commitments and information held at the credit reference agencies. Though Hitachi is unable to provide you with a main reason for the decline of your application, it is usually based on one, or a combination of the following:
· Your credit score (please note that every finance company will score you differently)
· Adverse credit reference agency information
· You are considered to be overcommitted
· You are aged under 18
· Your existing account performance with other lenders
What type of information do credit reference agencies hold about me?
Some of the information is public information, for example electoral roll, County Court Judgements and bankruptcies. Other lenders may also file information about accounts you hold with them for instance this could include your payment history and outstanding balance on these accounts. Any requests for credit, where a credit reference search has been undertaken, will also be filed, although the result of the request is not recorded.
How do I obtain a copy of this information?
You should send a cheque for £2.00 made payable to the relevant credit reference agency, together with details of all addresses at which you have lived over the last 6 years:
· Experian Limited, Customer Support Centre, PO Box 9000, Nottingham, NG80 7WF
· Equifax Ltd., Customer Service Centre, PO Box 10036, Leicester, LE3 4FS
· TransUnion International UK Limited, Consumer Services, PO Box 491, Leeds, LS3 1WZ
The above listed agencies will provide details of information relating to these addresses. If you believe that the information is incorrect, you can ask the agency to correct it.
If my application is not successful, can I re-apply?
Yes. We acknowledge that circumstances change and just because a previous application has been refused, it does not mean that a further request will automatically be turned down. We do suggest however, that you leave at least 6 months between applications.
Can I request delivery to an address other than my home?
In order to safeguard against fraudulent applications, we regret that we're able only to deliver goods to the home address of the applicant.