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What is a loan?

A loan is typically a lump sum of cash that you borrow from a provider which you must pay back in monthly instalments over a set period of time until the full amount, plus the interest accrued, is repaid.

They can be useful if you’re in need of a larger sum of money than other types of borrowing can offer and when used sensibly, can help give you a financial boost right when you need it.

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Types of loan

There are lots of different types of loan that can come in useful for all sorts of situations. Match the right loan to your needs to get the most for your money.

Personal Loans

Also known as unsecured loans, a personal loan allows you to borrow relatively large amounts (usually up to £25,000) without the need for collateral.

As there’s no security for the lender, you’ll need a good credit score to demonstrate that you’re able to pay off the debt comfortably.


Debt consolidation loan

It’s possible to take out a loan to pay off other existing debts with a high interest rate.

This could help you to streamline your debt repayment process and pay less interest overall.

Just make sure you consider any fees for paying off your current debts early.


Bad credit loans

Options may be limited, but it’s possible to take out a loan if you have bad credit. You may need to find a specialist lender and interest rates will usually be high.

In some cases, using a guarantor can help you get accepted for a loan until you’re able to rebuild your credit score.

Secured loans

A secured loan is one that uses an asset, usually your home or car, as security. This means that if you fail to make your repayments, it could be sold to pay off the debt.

They enable you to borrow larger amounts and can offer lower interest rates and longer terms than personal loans.

Guarantor loans

A guarantor loan is when a close relative or friend agrees to pay off the loan if you’re unable to.

It can make borrowing more accessible if you have a poor credit score or haven’t built one up yet and secured or unsecured options are available

Car loans

Loans may be offered at the dealership where you’re buying your next vehicle.

It’s not always the cheapest way to finance your car purchase though, you may want to think about using a personal loan or credit card instead.

Bridging loans

Bridging loans are typically used to fund house purchases and bridge the gap if you want to buy your next home before you’ve sold your current one.

They’re a type of short-term borrowing and can be very expensive.

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How do I decide which loan is right for me?

Before you apply for a loan, it’s important to choose the right one for your circumstances.

The type of loan you choose will be determined in part by what it’s for. Take a look at the choices above and see which one best fits your needs.

You should also think about your financial situation, for example if you have a poor credit score, it’s unlikely that you’ll be accepted for a personal loan.

Once you’ve narrowed it down, you can compare loans with us.

You’ll want to look at the interest rates, and how much you’ll be required to repay each month, as well as any fees or charges.

How to compare loans

Once you’ve weighed up the pros and cons, all you need to do to compare loans is:

  1. Tell us what you’re looking for

    Let us know which type of loan you require, how much you need to borrow and for how long

  2. Your information

    We need to know a little more about you to help match you with the right loans – your name, address and income

  3. Compare

    We’ll use our smart search to perform a soft credit check, showing you the loans you’re more likely to be accepted for without affecting your credit score

What can you do with a loan?

It’s up to you what you use your loan for, but some popular reasons for taking one out are:

  • Home renovations
  • Buying a car
  • Debt consolidation
  • Wedding

Loans usually can’t be used to pay for a house deposit, gambling purposes or to lend to another person.

Will I be accepted?

This will depend on your personal circumstances, credit score and the lender’s eligibility criteria, which differs between loan providers.

Before applying, which can negatively affect your credit score if you’re rejected, make sure you use our smart search to see which loans you have a higher probability of being accepted for.

Am I eligible for a loan with bad credit?

You can be approved for a loan even if you have a poor credit score, but you won’t be offered the best rates (in fact, they’ll usually be pretty high) and you could be charged fees to offset the risk you pose to the lender.

Depending on your circumstances, you may need to find a specialist lender, alternatively you may want to consider a guarantor or secured loan.

Will searching affect my credit score?

A hard search can affect your credit score – these are performed by lenders when you apply for a loan. If you’re rejected, it can have a negative impact and it will really take a hit if you have multiple rejected applications close together.

However, a soft search, like the one we do to find the loans best suited to your circumstances, won’t leave a mark on your credit report. It will be like we were never there!

What will my loan cost?

The cost of the loan will depend on a few different things:

  1. Loan amount

    How much you want to borrow

  2. Loan term

    How long you need to repay the loan in full. The shorter the loan term, the less interest you’ll need to repay, therefore the cheaper it is overall

  3. Interest rate

    This will not necessarily be the advertised interest rate for the loan. The lender calculates how much interest they’ll charge you based on your income and credit score

Keeping on top of loans, credit cards and debts

If you have multiple debts across different products, it can feel like fighting a losing battle to keep on top of them.

It’s important to note down all the outgoings you have from your household each month, then you may want to think about prioritising the different kinds of debt and paying off the one that’s costing you the most first. Or you could consider a debt consolidation loan, if possible.

The Money Advice Service can help you to get back on top of your debt and provide you with free advice.

Reporting loan scams

If you think that you may have been a victim of a loan scam, you can report it to Action Fraud.

A loan scam is when a ‘lender’ requires you to pay an upfront fee for insurance on the loan.

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