Pay zero interest on a new TV for the World CupRepay over a year with a 0%-purchases credit card

01 June 2010

0% interest on new TV for World Cup with a Best Rate credit card

Pay zero interest on a new TV for the World Cup using a 0%-on-purchases credit card

With just two weeks to go until the World Cup kickoff, you could save £170 over a year by paying for your new television with a Best Rate 0%-on-purchases credit card.

Spread the cost and pay zero interest for a year

The best 0% deals on purchases offer 12 months interest-free, so long as you make at least the minimum payment each month. Spending £2,000 on a Best Buy Samsung UE55B7020 television would cost you around £170 in interest on an average credit card charging 16.9%, assuming you repaid the balance in 12 monthly payments. The same purchase on a Best Rate 0% purchases card from Barclaycard, Sainsbury’s or Tesco would cost you no interest at all.

Even a cheaper Best Buy television, such as the Panasonic Viera TX-L32X10 costing £385 would cost you around £35 more using an average credit card charging 16.9%, compared with a 0%-on-purchases card, which would cost you no interest at all.

If you repay your credit card bill in full every month

If you pay off your credit card in full every month and therefore don't pay interest anyway, you could be £100 better off using a Best Rate cashback credit card. These cards pay you a percentage of your spending as cash rewards. The most generous cashback deal on the market, from American Express, pays 5% cashback on spending in the first three months, up to a maximum of £100. So the same £2,000 spent on your Amex cashback credit card would earn you £100 in cashback.

Extra section 75 credit card protection

Paying for your new TV with a credit card comes with an extra benefit – items costing over £100 and up to £30,000 come with section 75 protection under the Consumer Credit Act. This means that if there is a problem with your new television set or the retailer goes bust before the TV is delivered, you can put in a claim to your credit card provider. And you get the full section 75 protection even if you only pay a deposit on the card. Plus, section 75 cover doesn’t affect your existing consumer rights, for example under the Sale of Goods Act.

Which? Best Buy credit cards and televisions

If you need advice to help you choose the best credit card for your needs, read the free Which? guide to choosing a credit card.

Once you know the best type of card for you, check out Which? Best Rate credit cards to find the most competitive deal available today, whether it's a cashback card, a card offering 0% on purchases or the longest 0% deal on balance transfers.

And if you need help choosing the best television to watch the World Cup on, check out our reviews of LCD and plasma TVs. Which? has been testing TVs for 50 years - to take a trip down memory lane and find out the Best Buy televisions from 1966's World Cup, Maradona's 'Hand of God' in 1986 and Gazza's tears in 1990, read our news story Which? celebrates 50 years of TV testing.

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