What Are Payday Loans? – Well, just that in fact, a payday loan is a short term loan or payday advance repayable in full on your next payday.
They are not long term sources of finance and are generally offered to people who for one reason or another cannot get credit from more traditional lenders such as high street banks and financial institutions. These can often be self-employed, persons with bad credit history or little track record of credit.
The world- wide recession has made credit much more difficult to obtain and moved a whole section of the community into what is known as ‘the sub-prime market’.
People who a year or so ago would probably have been accepted for a bank loan are now finding themselves refused and only people with squeaky clean credit files are being accepted for mainstream finance.
So what do you do if the car breaks down mid-month or the central heating boiler blows up in the middle of January and your bank won’t extend your overdraft?
Well a Payday loan may be the only option open to you.
The payday loan people have much lower criteria for acceptance and in return they charge a higher rate of interest on the loans.
Typically as long as you have a bank account with some form of payment facility, cheque book or payment card the payday loan companies will consider you for an advance of up to £750 repayable in full on your next payday. Sometimes these payday loans can be extended by payment one month’s interest.
Are payday loans expensive?
Yes, when compared to a traditional bank or credit card rate but they are not intended for long term solutions and often having a lack of funds in your bank account will cause your regular payments to ‘bounce’ incurring charges both from your bank and from the payee which together work out at more than the payday loan interest.
If you are thinking of applying for a loan till payday then you need to be sure that you will be able to repay not just the loan but the interest as well out of your next salary cheque.
Consider if there is any other way of meeting your needs, a loan from a friend or family member maybe.
If you decide to go ahead with your payday loan application most of the payday loan companies will have the loan credited to your bank account on the very same day.