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anyone know a loan company that will lend to people with little credit history?

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moneymakestheworldgoround · 12/02/2007 12:35

if changed my name as i dont like discussing my finances in public!!

but my husband and i have gone our whole relationship without borrowing (we dont even own a credit card between us)

but we've come to the point where we need to lend some money.

according to experian i have a credit rating of 2 out of 5, simply because i havent lent before( everythings good, but apparantly no history is bad!)

i applied for an egg card to test the waters but was declined,

so anyone know a loan company that may lend to someone with little or no credit history

obviously we dont want massivly high repayment rates though

(we are waiting for my husbands cresdit results but i think its probably the same as mine, if not 'worse' - his mother had massive debts)


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blondehelen · 12/02/2007 12:41

sorry, don't know. We have a loan through liverpool victoria, never had problems. Have you tried your own bank. Will be keeping an eye on this thread. Just had sil ring who we see about 4 times a year ring me to ask me to get £4000 of car credit for her in our name . Hope someone can come along with more suggestions.

moneymakestheworldgoround · 12/02/2007 12:50

thanks Helen

my husband applied though our bank but got declined also,

i was considering asking my parents if they would get a loan in their name for us, as we will have no problem at all with the repayments, its just getting the damn thing iykwim!

but i dont know if i could do that, i dont want to put them on the spot, plus they have already done alot for us lately

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issyissyissy · 12/02/2007 12:50

Ihad same problem once. Managed to get a visa card throught my own bank, the Halifax, but did have to see manager to get it approved. Once i had used that it was easier to get a loan.
Silly system really as it is harder to get anything if you dont have debt.
Now i am at home with the kids and not earning. but I do have a credit rating, so my limit on card has been raised to £11000!Could never pay that back!!

Have you tried Virgin, have heard they are good. hope this helps

Blondehelen, personally, i would never get a loan for someone else, too risky.

morocco · 12/02/2007 13:02

you could also see if you have a local credit union. you have to save up with them for about 6 months and then are able to apply for a loan - usually small amounts though, I'm not sure how much it is you want to borrow.

bubblerock · 12/02/2007 13:04

I applied to northern rock and they declined then I applied to my bank - lloydstsb and it was approved straight away and put into my account within half an hour!

CurlyN · 12/02/2007 13:04

We had this problem, and I read somewhere to apply for catalogues, as this shows on history. It worked, Both DP and I both have credit cards.

moneymakestheworldgoround · 12/02/2007 13:16

i just applied to virgin, and they said (online) to ring them to confirm some details for the best chance of acceptance,

i dont like phonecalls - what will they ask?? [panicks]

also i included our CTCreditss and WFTCredits in the 'overall house anual income' box - was that right to do?? it didnt say, (and i put i was a homemaker and it asked my income, so i put the credits i get)

have i messed it up??

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moneymakestheworldgoround · 12/02/2007 13:17

should i have put £0 as my income or do the WFT credits count as that?

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blondehelen · 12/02/2007 14:17

I would ring them. they are not out to trip you up. It is in their interest to give you the loan. They probably speak to people like you all the time and i find people normally helpful

kittylette · 12/02/2007 16:32

im interested to know if working family tax credits is included in the household income, is it?

moneymakestheworldgoround · 12/02/2007 20:13

well i tried virgin, and rang them, but was declined again

he said it was purely down to me not having lent before,

he asked if i had tried anywhere else and i named the 2 other cards i had applied for, apparantly ALL of them were under MBNA management and thats why all had refused, its the same rules - no new lenders

so i am to try and find a card that specialises in first time lenders ... any idea of who one of these companys are??


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CocoLoco · 12/02/2007 20:32

Are you on the electoral register? that's important when applying for credit. Other than that, the best thing is to get something from your bank, even if it's only a credit card with a tiny limit initially, as you do have some sort of history with them. As they've already turned your husband down for a loan, it would be worth going in for a face to face meeting to see what they can do for you.

Barclaycard have a card for people new to credit, called the Initial card, it's got a high interest rate but if you spend on it and pay back in full each month you won't be paying any interest. Capital One are another lender to try.

If you need a larger amount of money than you'd get on a card, can you wait a few months until you've established some credit history? Then you'd probably be able to get a loan with a mainstream lender.

morocco · 12/02/2007 20:38

if you're really desperate you can also go to a specialised broker - you pay about £50 and they refer you on to lenders who deal with people with poor credit ratings etc. but you will have to pay more for the loan. if you do decide to do this, then make sure you have all the paperwork you need already (eg 3 months pay slips/something with your signature on etc) as if the paperwork is not up to scratch you will have to reappyly and pay the £50 application fee all over again. also don't get out the ppi unless you're sure about it and don't let them add it on without your agreement.

Tortington · 12/02/2007 20:45

try a catalogue. build up a credit history - of course that doesn.t help yo u sort out any immediate problem.

blondehelen · 12/02/2007 21:06

we got our first cc with capital one. hth

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