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Representative Example: On an assumed loan amount of £750 over 12 months. Rate of interest 292% (fixed). Representative 171%APR. Total repayment amount £1351.20 and total interest is £601.20. 12 monthly payment of £112.60.*

* We do not know how many customers take out a loan or the APR, this calculation is based on the mean APR of the lenders we work with

What is a Short Term Loan?

Short term loans are smaller amounts of money borrowed over a short period of time, usually over weeks or months rather than over several years. A short term loan is able to be repaid in one lump sum or in several instalments, and you can usually get a loan decision the same day you apply. 

Short term loans are flexible because there are several different types - you can apply for a small payday loan and pay it back when your get your wages, or you could choose a larger instalment loan to repay over several months . You also have the option of paying back weekly, fortnightly or four-weekly.

Short Term Loans for Bad Credit

You may be able to borrow a short term loan for bad credit even if you do have a poor credit rating. Lenders will still take into account other factors like affordability to determine whether you are eligible for a loan.

If it turns out you do have poor credit score and you need to borrow money quickly, a short term loan may be a good option for you. Direct short term lenders can’t guarantee 100% approval rates, but having a poor credit history doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re unable to take out further credit. Not all lenders expect you to have perfect credit - lenders won’t just perform a credit check on you, they’ll also look at things like your employment information and your income and expenditure. We understand that your credit history could be just that— history. Your credit file has information from the last 6 years, so missed or late payments are often from years ago.

Taking out a personal loan for poor credit can also help you improve your credit score, if you make your repayments early or on time, you’d be showing that you can repay credit and handle your money well.

Why Might You Need a Short Term Loan?

Short term loans are intended for smaller emergency expenses - you’ll usually need the cash as quickly as possible.

Fixing your car should it break down can be expensive, and you’ll often need it to get to work. Most people won’t have the funds to spare for such an expense, so short term credit can be an option.

Similarly, if an essential appliance like your fridge stops working, you’ll need to replace it straight away. If you just wanted a newer model, there might have been an option to save up the money, but in that sort of situation, you’ve got no warning so you might need to take out a short term loan.

It’s important to note that short term loans shouldn’t be used to pay your other creditors, as this can mean that you are entering into a debt spiral, and responsible lenders won’t lend to you. You also shouldn’t take out short term credit for long term issues like unemployment, as you have no way of knowing whether you’ll be able to pay the money back. If you think that you need to speak to someone about your debts or finances, you can contact the Citizens Advice Bureau for help and advice. They can also refer you to third parties who will offer more specialist advice.

How Do Short Term Loans Work?

Short term loans are intended for smaller emergency expenses— you’ll usually need the cash as quickly as possible. Fixing your car should it break down can be expensive, and you’ll often need it to get to work. Most people won’t have the funds to spare for such an expense, so a cash loan can be an option.

Short term loans are simple to apply for and can frequently be paid out on the same day if your application is approved. We’ve made our application straightforward: there is one simple page to complete, and then we'll send you application to a suitable lender. We will tell you exactly how much you’re borrowing and how much you’ll repay before you complete the application and we’ll also let you know when your repayments are due.    

What are the Benefits of a Short Term Loan?

For those who often don’t have access to more traditional means of credit, such as a bank loan or a credit card, short term loans can be an ideal solution. Unexpected costs often cost more than you may have budgeted for, or you may have several expenses at once that you thought would be more spread out. You can also get bad credit short term loans without a guarantor, so you don't need someone with a good credit score to secure your money.

Short term loans, whether they are instalment or payday loans, are usually for emergency expenses, so you’ll need the money as soon as possible. Our online application form is short and simple, and we try to give you a loan decision as quickly as we can. If your loan is approved, we aim to transfer the funds within an hour. 

An advantage of a short term loan is that they can often be cheaper than some other types of short term credit solutions. Credit cards for those with bad credit often charge far more in interest and fees, and overdraft fees with your bank can be incredibly expensive.

Who is the Best Short Term Lender?

Choosing the right lender will depend on several things, including how much money you need to borrow and how long you need it for. One of the most important things to ensure when  looking for short term loans in the UK, is that the lender you are borrowing from is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA make sure that short term lenders treat their customers fairly and lend responsibly. All lenders also have to let you know how much the loan will cost and the dates you are due to make your repayments.

One of the best ways of finding the right lender for you is by comparing them on a comparison site, to see what each lender offers. It’s also important to look at their customer reviews and any accreditation they’ve been awarded.

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