How to Find Lower Interest Rates on Bad Credit Loans
Written by: John Mussi
In a world where debt and poor credit are more commonplace than
they used to be, bad credit loans aren't nearly as difficult to
find as they once were. The problem associated with most bad
credit loans isn't the difficulty of finding them, it's the
interest rates that most common lenders charge for them. It
doesn't do you much good to finally get a loan when you've got
bad credit if the interest rate makes the monthly payments more
than you can afford.
Luckily, you can get relatively decent interest rates even if
you're applying for a bad credit loan... it's simply a matter of
knowing where to look, what collateral to use, and having the
patience to find the best loan that you can get.
Consider Alternative Lenders
The first thing that you should do when looking for a good
interest rate on a bad credit loan is to broaden your search to
lenders that you might not have considered before. Finance and
lending companies generally offer loans to a variety of
individuals, regardless of credit history, if they have
collateral to secure the loan.
Online lenders offer these same services, but are usually able
to provide better interest rates because of their lower overhead
and method of doing business.
Taking the time to look into these lenders might help you to get
on the right track toward a lower-interest loan regardless of
your credit score.
Choose the Right Collateral
The key to getting the best interest rates for bad credit loans
is to use the right collateral to guarantee repayment of the
loan. Ideally, you'll choose a high-value collateral that could
easily be sold if it came to that point... something with a
value that is higher than the amount you're requesting to
borrow. Home equity is a favorite among lenders who offer loans
for bad credit, due to the ease of determining its value and
working with it.
Other common types of collateral that tend to bring lower
interest rates are automotive titles, property deeds, and
precious metals or antiques.
The interest rate that you're offered for your collateral may
vary from lender to lender, though, so it's important to take
the time to shop for the best rate.
Shopping around for a loan is just what is sounds like... going
from lender to lender, requesting a quote for a loan, and
comparing interest rates and loan terms to find the best deal.
It's important to use the same collateral and the same asking
amount for each of the loans that you request a quote for, so
that you can determine which offer is really the best; by
keeping all of the variables the same, it is easier to determine
which loan offer is actually lowest.
Compare Loan Quotes
Once you've gathered quotes from several lenders, you should
take the time to compare the quotes and determine which loan
offer will work out best for you. Look at the interest rates
that each lender offers, as well as the repayment terms, the
monthly payments, and any other factors that will affect the
loan. By comparing both the terms of the loan and the interest
rates offered, you may find that the lowest interest rate isn't
always the best deal... but then of course, sometimes it is.
Once you've determined which loan is best for your needs and
budget, submit your full loan application keeping the next best
quote handy in case some unforeseen circumstances prevent you
from getting your first loan choice.
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