Furniture shop. Image credit

Furniture shop. Image credit

ZIMSEC O Level Commerce Notes: Hire Purchase

Details shown on Hire Purchase goods

  • A description of the goods.
  • The cash price of the goods.
  • The total Hire Purchase Price i.e. the cash price + the relevant finance charges
  • The required deposit amount.
  • The amount and number of installments required.
  • The finance charges.

Advantages to seller.

  • Increases sales and thus profits.
  • It encourages impulse buying.
  • They get commission from Finance Houses.
  • Insurers good during the Hire Purchase period.
  • The seller has the right to repossess the goods if the buyer defaults on payment.


  • Capital is tied up in the form of debts.
  • Repossessed goods may not be fit for resale.
  • Increases the risk of bad debts.
  • Increased clerical work is required to administer Hire Purchase sales.
  • Bad publicity can ensue from suing defaulters.

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