Checking If a Consolidation Loan Is Worthwhile

July 27, 2011 by  Filed under: Debt 

When you need to consolidate debts and have a bad credit score it is not always easy to know how to get started and pick the best deal. In this article we are going to look at why you might want to consolidate, how to do see if it will actually be beneficial for you, and if so, how to get the best deal.

So firstly, why would you want to consolidate? If you have several loans, you might want to simplify things and have only one payment leaving your bank account. This makes budgeting much easier and will help you from going overdrawn. Your credit rating may also have improved, in which case you will want to take advantage and get one big loan at a lower APR than your current loans. Perhaps you want to pay more off each month, or less. Or perhaps you now have a partner and want to use their income to take out a bigger loan.

Whatever reason you need the loan, let’s look at how to see whether it’s worth doing. Depending on your objective, different criteria will apply. If you just want the lowest APR for your borrowing, then you will need to add up the cost of repaying all your current loans, along with any early repayment fees there might be. Then compare this with the cost of repaying the one big loan. A simple case of the lowest amount wins.

If you want to pay less each month then you will need to add up the current monthly cost of your loans, and compare this with the monthly cost of one consolidation loan. Don’t forget your consolidation loan must be big enough to pay off all your other loans, including any fees AND still have a lower monthly repayment. If you need to borrow much more just to lower your monthly total, then it sounds as though this is probably not a good idea.

If you do want to take advantage of your partner and increase the borrowing amount, take consideration of their credit score. If it’s better than yours, then that is a good situation to be in, and should help you borrow more at a lower APR than if their credit score was worse than yours. If the score is worse, you should beware that this will affect what kind of deal you will be able to get. It might be worth waiting a while before taking out a bigger loan, and checking your partners credit score for areas it can be improved would be a good idea.

To get the best deal, check which lenders do not use loan brokers, and visit them for a quote. Then go to a whole of market broker for a quote. This was you cover every loan option that is available to you. Always use a whole of market broker, as other brokers are tied to a certain group of lenders, which may exclude you from getting the best loan for your needs.

Now you should have everything you need to know whether a consolidation loan is right for you.

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