There are many different types of loans available on the market today. Each one has its pros and cons, depending on your personal circumstances. Creditwindow works closely with a wide range of loan and credit card providers who offer various different financial products. In addition to this, many of our lenders will even consider applicants who have a poor credit history.
A payday loan is a fast, short-term solution to a temporary financial problem such as car repairs, unpaid bills, etc. You only borrow the money for a few weeks, so you’re not being faced with long-term debts, as you would with a longer term solution such as a guarantor loan.
Most payday lenders offer loans between £80 and £1000, as long as you meet their lending criteria and can demonstrate that, when payday arrives, you will be able to repay the debt plus the amount of interest charged. Payday loans are easy to apply for and the money is paid direct into your bank account the same day (with few exceptions).
A personal loan is a way of borrowing money over a fixed period at an agreed interest rate. You repay a fixed amount each month (or each week, with some loans), which includes part of the capital borrowed plus interest. Personal loans are usually taken out for periods of between one and five years.
Most personal loans are for larger sums than that offered by payday loans, between £5,000 to £15,000 is common. There are two types of personal loan; secured and unsecured. With a secured loan you use an asset, such as your car or your house – as security on the loan, and if you don’t repay the loan you could lose that asset. With an unsecured loan you do not need to provide any form of security. Personal loans have much lower interest rates than payday loans, logbook loans or credit cards.
A guarantor loan is another form of personal loan – usually up to £3,000 (but some lenders can offer more). Unlike secured loans you are not asked to provide any collateral as security. Instead, you are asked to provide a guarantor; somebody who knows you and who is willing and able to pay the loan if you are unable to do so.
The guarantor should be someone who knows you very well, a close friend or even a member of your family, for example. If they agree to act as your guarantor, they trust that you are able to repay the loan but they accept that there may be a risk that they will need to pay it if you fail to do so.
Logbook loans are a short-term solution without the need for credit checks. Instead, the logbook loan is secured against your car or van, which you can still drive throughout the loan period.
Depending on the value of your vehicle, logbook loan providers can lend anything between £500 to £100,000 (in very few instances) which you repay over an agreed period, making regular repayments on a weekly or monthly basis. Logbook loans are usually paid out on the same day that you apply, which is perfect in an emergency. If you fail to repay the logbook loan, you run the risk of the lender repossessing your car.
When used responsibly, a credit card is a really useful, easily accessible way of borrowing money, as well as being a secure way to pay for items. If you repay the balance in full each month you could use your credit card to borrow money interest-free for an extended period, and some credit card providers offer a range of other benefits,
such as cashback, air miles, points for loyalty schemes, product discounts, etc.
Credit cards are accepted by many different types of online and offline retailers, including shops, pubs, petrol stations, cinemas, etc. Credit cards can often be used all over the UK as well as abroad. In addition to this you also have the option of using credit cards to withdraw cash from cash machines.
A debt management loan consolidates numerous debts into one manageable cost. It covers the total cost of all your other loans and debts, including early settlement charges that you may incur. Essentially all your other loans are settled by a debt management company and you pay that company each month rather than each of
the individual lenders.
If you’re juggling a number of debts, with differing interest rates, to a
variety of lenders, then having just a single payment is much easier to handle. In addition to this, depending on the interest rates you are being charged by those original creditors, a debt consolidation loan could prove to be a much better option, as the rate could be much lower.