Many people believe that they have no possibility to get a personal loan if they have bad credit, and this is no longer the case. People can be eligible for personal loans, even shortly after declaring bankruptcy. The terms offered to people with bad credit is generally much less attractive than to those offered with good credit, but in many situations, these personal loans are still your best financial alternative. A personal loan can also give you the influx of money you need to satisfy creditors, and begin restoring your good credit history.
Even if you have bad credit, there still some things that you can do to optimise the terms of any personal loan agreement; and as terms can vary substantially between different lending institutions, it makes a lot of sense to shop around before agreeing to the terms of a personal loan.
There are two types of personal loans; secured and unsecured loans. Even if you have bad credit, if you have a significant asset (house car etc.) that you are willing to place as collateral against the loan (secured loan) then you should have no difficulty qualifying for a loan.
A secured personal loan is much easier to get, as the lending institution will have access to your collateral if you should default, and as such their perceived risk is much less. You may still pay slightly higher interest rates than someone with good credit, but if you can offer a significant asset as collateral, then you should be eligible for a personal loan. These loans do carry an element of risk though. If you offer your house as collateral, and default on the loan, then you will likely lose your most significant asset, your home. You should consider the possible implications of the loan before agreeing, and if you think that there is any possibility that you might default, should not risk your home for a personal loan.
The other type of personal loan is an unsecured loan, and as these loans are based primarily on the strength of your credit score, can be more difficult to get. A few short years ago this type of loan would have been close to impossible for someone with bad credit, but things have changed substantially in the course of a few short years. The advent of internet banking and internet lending institutions has greatly expanded the diversity and choice you have when shopping for a loan. The market is very competitive, and is currently tilted quite in favour of the borrower. As such, there are some lending institutions that have expanded into different niche markets, and one of these niche markets is bad credit loan provision. There are companies that specialise in the issuance of bad credit loans, and through one of these, you may be eligible for a personal loan, even with a poor credit history. You will pay significantly higher interest rates and fees for this type of loan, as compared to someone with good credit.
A personal loan may be the stepping stone back to good credit. A personal loan can give you the money you need to pay off all your creditors, and will transfer the balance of debt onto a longer repayment term personal loan. By paying off all your creditors you begin to re-establish good credit, and that is further improved should you make full and timely payments on the personal loan.
There can be great variation on terms available on personal loans, and you should endeavour to shop around to ensure that you get the best possible terms available. Even with bad credit you likely have a great deal of selection, and you should make a thoughtful comparison of the terms, fees and interest rates on all the different loans available to you.