A lender can give finance loans in the UK as either secured or unsecured for smaller items that you wish to purchase, rather than a home purchase for instance. The current credit crunch experienced by Britons has slowed the demand for finance loans, but if you are capable of securing one due to your high credit standing and your pay history, you’ll find that most lenders are more than willing to work with you.
People receive finance loans for various purposes such as possibly a new car, home improvements, a new caravan, solicitor’s fees, a well-deserved holiday, to pay university or other school fees, or in order to pay off their credit cards or even an overdraft. Once the loan is granted the money will of course be yours to spend as you wish.
You will have to fill out an application which will ask for your full name, address, date of birth, marital status, employment status, gross monthly income, whether you are a homeowner or tenant, how much your house is worth and what is owing on your mortgage.
The next step in obtaining a finance loan is for the loan company or bank to verify the various information you have given them. You should be aware that the loan rates can go up to 29.9% APR. APR stands for Annual Percentage Rate, and it is defined as the equivalent rate of interest when considering any of the added costs for a given loan. Therefore it is a function of the initial loan amount, the applicable interest rate, the total additional costs, and the terms. Also, if you are applying for a finance loan, you’ll find that the debt may be secured on your home, and that home is then subject to being repossessed should you not keep up your payments on your mortgage or any debts that are secured by your home.
Now in an automobile loan, the automobile itself secures the loan whether it’s a new automobile or a refinancing of an existing auto loan. As with the caveat mentioned above, you must keep making payments if you do not wish to be subjected to a repossession of your automobile.
Back when lending was competitive it was much easier to locate a lender willing to take a chance on such an unsecured loan. However, now that we are in a credit crunch, all lenders have made it more difficult to arrange such finance loans. Already made effective October 2008, due to unscrupulous lenders who were in essence credit sharks, the Consumer Credit Act now has been changed to offer more protection to borrowers. The Banking Code Standards Board retains an easily navigable website should you encounter any problems when seeking either a secured or unsecured loan in Great Britain.
Regardless of what type of loan you are trying to secure, know that even though more consumer protections have been added, you still need to do your research to avoid being trapped in a loan that is both unfair and unscrupulous.