If you don't have much of a credit history or you have bad credit, getting a loan can be difficult. You'll either struggle to get a loan in the first place, or you'll end up paying such a high rate of interest, you could easily land yourself with serious debt issues. Quite recently a new type of loan has been introduced in the UK. A guarantor loan allows you to take out a loan, where a second person acts a guarantor.
Below is a quick and easy guide to the most common questions regarding guarantor loans.
What is a guarantor loan?
Guarantor loans are unsecured loans that require a second person to act as a guarantor. Guarantor loans can be over terms of one to five years and you can borrow anywhere between £1,000 to £7,500. They offer an ideal solution for people with bad credit, who would otherwise be unable to obtain a loan. Guarantor loans are not payday loans, the interest is much lower and you will not be charged any up front or arrangement fees.
Is a guarantor loan right for me?
If you have a bad credit history or have been rejected by other lenders, then guarantor loans could be the right choice for you. A guarantor loan also allows you to borrow a higher sum than you would be able to with other types of loans targeting people with poor credit. It's also possible to rebuild your credit history by demonstrating that you are a responsible borrower and are able to make the repayments on time.
How can I apply for a guarantor loan?
Firstly like all loan applications, you must be over 18 years old and have a UK bank account where the repayments can be collected. You will still need to show that you can afford the repayments and that you are capable of paying the loan back in a timely fashion.
Who can act as a guarantor for me?
Almost anyone can act as your guarantor, as long as they are not financially linked to you (i.e. spouse). A guarantor could be a family member, friend or even work colleague. For your guarantor to be accepted they will usually need to be over 21 with a good credit history and also be a UK home owner. Checks on your guarantor are usually identical to normal credit checks - they will need to provide bank statements, bank details and proof of ID.
How much interest will I pay?
Interest is more than likely to be higher than a loan where a good credit history is needed. The APR of guarantor loans varies depending on the company, but the APR is usually around 50 per cent. It's important to remember that although this is relatively high, it does represent the risk undertaken by the lender. You'll also find that this is one of the lowest APRs available to people with bad credit history. Many other 'bad credit' loans, such as payday loans charge APR upwards of 1,000 per cent. Although the APR is higher, a guarantor loan, when paid back on time, is a great way to improve your credit score and improve your overall credit rating.
How do I choose the best guarantor loan?
Several companies have begun offering guarantor loans. The two most important factors to take into consideration are the interest you will pay and any other hidden fees. Guarantor loans from www.gbploans.com offer some of the most competitive rates currently available and they are also very up-front about everything. There are no hidden fees or extra charges throughout the period of your loan.
A guarantor loan isn't for everyone, but if you credit history is poor and you're in need of some extra cash, they can be a great solution.
Hugh Tyzack is founder and managing director of GBP Loans Limited, which was formed in 2008. GBP Loans specialises in no fee guarantor loans. GBP Loans has been a driving force in trying to eradicate bogus fee charging and is now one of the UK’s biggest providers.