Darlington Car Finance

Used Car Finance in Darlington, County Durham

GB Car Finance specialises in used car finance in and around Darlington. We will work hard to help you obtain an approval decision, based on affordability, in minutes and drive away your new used car within 24 hours!

Car Finance Based On Affordability

If you need a loan to buy a used car then you have come to the right place - We could help to find car finance for you regardless of your current financial circumstances. We regularly help people with bad credit, even if they have been refused elsewhere.

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Used Car Finance Darlington

Car Finance Darlington

We are available to help people access car finance 247, 365 days a year - Whether you need an affordable family saloon, an economical hatchback, a large car or a people carrier we will work hard to help you find the right car for you. Apply online day or night, or speak with one of our friendly operators who will help guide you through the car finance application process and answer any questions you have.

“I was happy with the deal I got for my new car as I've struggled in the past to get the finance from any other company as I've had bad credit. They were very helpful on the phone and helped me choose my car - I was more than happy and would recommend GB Car Finance to anyone…”

All circumstances considered - CCJs, defaults, arrears, self employed, benefits, limited or no credit history, refused car finance elsewhere - Whatever your circumstances we'll look to help.

Used Car Finance in County Durham

As well as Darlington, GB Car Finance is pleased to assist people searching for car finance in Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Chester le Street, Consett, Crook, Durham, Ferryhill, Newton Aycliffe, Peterlee, Seaham, Shildon, Spennymoor and Stanley in County Durham.

More information about Darlington


Welcome to Darlington, a North East market town in the United Kingdom. With a population of over 100,000 people, it's home to a vibrant economy and a strong sense of community spirit. The town's long-standing connections to the car industry, finance industry and motorsport mean Darlington is a unique place to live and visit.

This article will explore Darlington's links to these industries as well as giving an insight into its demographics and other important aspects. Let's travel to Darlington and discover its fascinating history, attractions and many charms.

A Brief History of Darlington

Darlington dates back to the 8th century and has a long and varied history. It was granted market town status in 1183 and due to its strategic location on the River Skerne, it soon became an important maritime centre. In 1825 digging began on the world's first public railway and Darlington's emerging economy established it as one of the most important towns in England.

After the industrial revolution, Darlington developed an international reputation as the birthplace of the car industry and the finance sector. Victorian entrepreneurs such as George Stephenson and William James, opened vast manufacturing and engineering businesses in the town. In 1883, a large factory was built to produce railway carriages and a number of wholesalers and retailers opened stores in the town centre.

In 1925, an engine factory was opened in Darlington, leading the growth of the car industry. During the following decades, new factories were built and many of the town's remaining mills were converted into engineering or car component factories. The finance industry also started to take form and in the late 1940s several high-profile banks opened branches in the town.


Darlington is home to a population of 102,000 people, divided into a number of distinct districts and suburbs. The vast majority of Darlington's population is of British white ethnicity and nearly 80% of the population are in employment.

The town is populated by several nationalities with a large Indian population hailing from the subcontinent. There is also a significant African Caribbean population with a growing Somali and Sudanese community. Darlington also has a large student population with thousands of young people attending the town's universities and colleges.

Car Industry

As previously mentioned, Darlington has a long and proud relationship with the car industry. The town's industrial history and strategic location near major motorways and rail networks, helped to make it a hub for car manufacturing and engineering.

Today, the car industry remains a major employer in the town, with a number of large companies operating manufacturing and engineering plants. Jaguar Land Rover and Nissan are two of the biggest employers in the region and the town's automotive industry accounts for a significant portion of the local economy.

Finance Industry

The finance industry is also thriving in Darlington, with a number of banks and financial institutions based in the town. The town's first bank was opened in1847 and today there are a number of different banks providing services to locals and to the wider region. Barclays, Lloyds and HSBC all have branches in the town and they provide a variety of services to businesses and to individuals.


Darlington is also well known for its connections to motorsport. The town is home to the popular Darlington racecourse where races are held throughout the year. There is also a long standing tradition of motorsport in the region with several championships (including karting and buggy racing) held each year.

The town's passion for the sport has led to it becoming the permanent base for a number of motorsport teams and driver schools. The most successful team from the town is the Prodrive racing school which has produced some of the top motorsport talent in the country.


Darlington is a fascinating town with a long and vibrant history of industry and culture. Its links to the car industry, finance industry and motorsport have helped to create a unique identity for the town and it continues to be a major contributor to the local economy.

The town's diverse population, rich heritage and growing economy ensure that Darlington will remain an important and desirable place to work, live and visit for many years to come.