What is a personal loan?
A personal loan lets you borrow a fixed amount of money over a fixed term, usually at a fixed rate of interest. Repayments are usually made on a monthly basis and can be spread over a period of years. The monthly repayment is usually the same for the duration of the loan.
A personal loan, or unsecured loan, does not require collateral. This means that the lender will assess your credit rating and financial situation when considering your application and will not require the loan to be secured against your property or vehicle.
Personal loans generally work on a rate-for-risk basis, with the lowest rates on the market reserved for those with good/excellent credit scores. Many lenders offer personal loans for bad credit, although the rates are likely to be higher.
Questions answered in this guide
Q1 – Is there a difference between a short term loan and a personal loan?
Q2 – Is a personal loan right for me?
Q3 – Can I get a personal loan if I have a poor credit rating?
Q4 – Will I be credit checked if I apply for a personal loan?
Q5 – How much can I borrow with a personal loan through New Horizons?
Q6 – Am I eligible for a personal loan?
Q7 – I don’t have a guarantor, can I still get a personal loan with bad credit?
Q8 – Should I clear all of my debts with a personal loan?
Q9 – I need to make a purchase, should I get a personal loan or a credit card?
Q10 – I am struggling with my debts. What can I do?
Is there a difference between a short term loan and a personal loan?
If you borrow money from a lender, whether you repay it back in three months or three years, this is a personal loan. A personal loan means that the loan is not secured on an asset.
People generally consider a personal loan to be for a larger sum of money, that is repaid over a longer period of time. short term loans, as the name suggests, are repaid more quickly, which means that they are typically for lower amounts.
The application process for personal and short term loans is the same, with the lender assessing the borrower’s suitability for a loan by looking at their credit history and financial details.
Is a personal loan right for me?
If you need to borrow money fast, a personal loan could be a great option. If you have been declined for a credit card, need to make a purchase, or have an emergency bill, online personal loans can get you the funds that you need quickly.
At New Horizons, we work with a panel of direct lenders who specialise in providing instant personal loans. If you are accepted for a personal loan, you could have the money in your bank account within 15 minutes.*
Can I get a personal loan if I have a poor credit rating?
If you have a poor credit rating, there are a number of direct lenders in the UK that will still consider your application. In the past, if you had a bad credit rating, the options for borrowing money were very limited. Thankfully, there are now a lot of options for customers looking for a personal loan with bad credit.
New Horizons work closely with a panel of personal loan direct lenders. These lenders will look beyond a customer’s credit history and will look at their ability to repay the loan. They will consider applicants who have missed multiple payments, had a CCJ or been declared bankrupt. Even customers with a very bad credit history can apply and get an instant decision on their application from our bad credit personal loan direct lenders.
Will I be credit checked if I apply for a personal loan?
Personal loan direct lenders work the same way as all types of money lender. They are required by law to perform a credit check before they can accept an application for a loan. All personal loan lenders are authorised and regulated by The Financial Conduct Authority, meaning they have to do certain checks on a customer’s credit history and financial situation before approving a loan.
The lenders that we work with at New Horizons specialise in providing bad credit personal loans, so no matter what your credit profile, we will find you the best personal loans for your circumstances.
At New Horizons, we have created a panel of lenders that use soft search technology. What this means is that when you apply for a personal loan online, the direct lender will perform a soft search, that does not have any impact on your credit rating and can not be seen by other lenders. It is only after you have accepted the loan offer that they will perform a full credit search. There is no such thing as a personal loan with no credit check.
How much can I borrow with a personal loan through New Horizons?
At New Horizons we work with a panel of specialist personal loan lenders. You can apply for loans of up to £5,000 and spread the repayments over 36 months.
You can apply for a personal loan for almost any purpose and have the loan paid out on the same day. Unlike banks or building societies, we are 100% online and are open 24 hours a day every day, meaning if you need a loan quickly we are always available.
Am I eligible for a personal loan?
To be eligible for a personal loan, lenders will require you to be at least 18 years of age, a UK resident, in full or part time employment and have a valid UK bank account with a debit card.
In addition to this minimum standard, each personal loan direct lender will have their own criteria. Some lenders will require customers to have an excellent credit history, while others will still lend to customers who are looking for a personal loan for bad credit.
All of our lender partners use soft search technology, which means we can tell you if you are going to be approved for your bad credit personal loan, without impacting your credit rating.
I don’t have a guarantor, can I still get a personal loan with bad credit?
In the past, if you did not have a good or excellent credit rating, finding a loan was extremely difficult. Many personal loan companies would only lend to people with poor credit ratings if they had somebody co-sign the loan. This person was called a guarantor, as they were guaranteeing that they would pay the loan if the customer didn’t.
Thankfully, poor credit lenders in the UK now work differently, providing a range of no guarantor personal loans. Understanding that most people prefer to have no guarantor on their personal loan. New Horizons work with a variety of no guarantor bad credit lenders so if you don’t want a guarantor loan, you have plenty of options.
Should I clear all of my debts with a personal loan?
If you have multiple debts, it is possible to pay these off with a debt consolidation loan. This is a type of loan where you are merging all of the repayments on your credit cards, loans or other debts into one monthly repayment.
The main benefit of a debt consolidation loan is that you are able to reduce the amount that you are paying each month. If you are making the minimum payments on your credit cards, it can take decades to clear the balance. A debt consolidation loan repays the amount owed in a fixed period of time.
Consolidating your debts can improve your credit score, as long as you close down the credit accounts that you pay off, however, you can damage your financial status further if you continue to use the credit that you paid off, making it more difficult to be approved for credit in the future.
You should check the interest rates and terms remaining on any debts before consolidating them. You could pay more by spreading the repayments over a longer period.
I need to make a purchase, should I get a personal loan or a credit card?
Personal Loans and credit cards are both lines of credit, but how they are managed and serviced, differ greatly. A credit card offers a line of credit that, as long as you make the required minimum payments, is always available. A personal loan is for a set amount, to be repaid over a fixed period of time.
If you want to make a purchase, and want to spread the repayments over a period of months or years, a personal loan is generally the cheaper option for most credit profiles.
If you plan on repaying the debt straight away, you can avoid paying interest on a credit card as long as the payment is made in full by the next statement date.
I am struggling with my debts. What can I do?
If you are struggling to keep up to date with your repayments, it is essential that you speak to your lender as soon as possible, preferably before you miss the payment. Lenders have a duty of care to help where they can and they may be able to help you resolve the situation quickly. Doing nothing will make the problem worse very quickly.
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