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US dollar cheque in the UK

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Liiinoo Thu 12-Oct-17 10:30:14

A very kind and generous relation has just given us a cheque drawn on their American bank. Does anyone know the most cost-effective way to pay that into a UK bank or savings account?

brownfang Thu 12-Oct-17 10:39:26

Do they have to send you a check? Could they wire you money, instead?
The best deal depends how much money they want to send. There are big groups (like MoneyCorp) which offer competitive wire transfer rates to Jo Public.

DOENTE Thu 12-Oct-17 10:44:27

My experience of the USA banking system is that checks can only be cashed in the actual bank they came from. Alternatively I think you could put it into your bank if it's in your name, but best to ask them.

DOENTE Thu 12-Oct-17 10:47:15

By cashed I mean get the money instantly. If you want it transferred it needs to be put into your bank it can take weeks to clear and you'll have to pay the exchange rate fees. If it's a big American bank like Chase Manhattan they probably/might have a London branch.

Liiinoo Thu 12-Oct-17 12:44:38

Thank you for all your responses. It's a cheque drawn on their business account and given how generous they have been I wouldn't want to seem ungrateful by retuning it and asking for a money transfer instead. We don't need the cash in a hurry as we will be putting it away for the DCs future. I think we will have to pay it into a bank and are resigned to paying some sort of fee and just wondered if anyone knows which high street bank offers the most reasonable charges.

LapdanceShoeshine Thu 12-Oct-17 13:08:27

You can only pay it into your own bank, can't you?

Ask them!

LapdanceShoeshine Thu 12-Oct-17 13:11:40

fwiw we received several $10 gift cheques for our DD after we moved back from the US - 30+ years ago - paid them into our current account & netted about £1.50 each time hmm

I'm guessing that was a fixed charge, but there might be a sliding scale for larger amounts, so asking your own bank is most reliable.

brownfang Thu 12-Oct-17 13:59:24

Helpful MSE thread

Liiinoo Thu 12-Oct-17 15:09:27

BRownfang. That was a very helpful link as it recommended Barclays who I already have an account with. Thank you everyone.

Ta1kinPeece Thu 12-Oct-17 21:55:49

If you have a bank that still takes dollar checks (many do not) just pay it in.

peanutbutter310 Thu 12-Oct-17 22:09:44

After my relocation back from the US I had a number of cheques to cash back in the U.K. from closing down bank accounts, returned deposits, etc.

It's over a year ago now, but at the time Barclays was good for smaller amounts (they charge a % of the value) and HSBC for the larger sums (fixed fee).

Although, I'd always go for a service like WeTransfer if there's a choice!

LapdanceShoeshine Thu 12-Oct-17 23:36:47

DD lives in NY (she was the baby that was sent the cheques 30+ years ago grin)

If she ever needs to send $ over here she uses Xoom - easy & cheap apparently. Might be worth mentioning it if they're likely to send anything in future

Allthebestnamesareused Wed 18-Oct-17 15:49:14

Yes there is a fixed fee to pay a dollar cheque into your regular uk current account. My parents live there and as our birthdays and kids birthdays are from Nov-Jan they send one cheque to cover the whole family's birthday money and Christmas money to avoid multiple fees applying. Dad always does me a little chart to say the % of proceeds for each birthday and Xmas gift smile

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