Follow these three steps to find the right loan:
Decide how much you need to borrow
Choose how long you want to pay it back
Compare rates to find the cheapest loan that suits your needs
The best loan deals let you borrow the amount of money you need at the cheapest cost while still being affordable to pay back.
You can use our loan calculator to see how different interest rates and loan terms affect how much it will cost.
What type of loan should you pick?
There are lots of different types to choose from, but all of them are either:
The best type of loan depends on your personal circumstances, how much money you need to borrow and for how long.
Secured loans can be for much larger sums than unsecured loans, but they put your property at risk.
Check you qualify
Before you apply for a loan you should check that you meet the lender's requirements, which could include:
Earning more than a set amount, e.g. £15,000 per year
Being a homeowner
Having a strong credit record
Some lenders offer a soft quote which can tell you if you will be accepted for a loan without damaging your credit record.
How long does it take to apply?
Applying online can take minutes if you have your details ready. Some secured loans take longer as the lender will need to value your property.
How quickly will I get the money?
If your application is approved it could be in your account within 24 hours. However, some lenders take up to 5 working days to transfer the money.
What is a representative APR?
It is an interest rate that at least 51% of borrowers will get if accepted for a loan. The other applicants can be offered a higher interest rate instead.
Do all loans offer fixed APRs?
No, while most unsecured personal loans offer fixed rates, some secured loans offer variable interest rates that may change.
What can I use the loan for?
Most loans can be used for almost any purpose. Some cannot be used to pay other debts, for buying property or land, or for gambling or investing.
Can I get a joint loan?
Yes you can apply for a loan with someone else, but you will both need to meet the lending criteria and may have to live at the same address.
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