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5 Key Questions to ask before taking out an Installment Loan

Don’t take on the loan if you can’t afford the repayments

Thursday June 20, 2019 8:23 PM, ummid.com News Network

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Before you take out an installment loan make sure it's truly right for you. Keep reading for 5 key questions to ask before taking out an installment loan.

We live in tough financial times.

Sometimes, getting a loan is essential to making a payment, affording the essentials, starting a business, and so on.

Indeed, personal loan debt increased to a mighty $291 billion at the end of 2018.

Installment loans are a popular route that many take. But all loans should be considered carefully before taking on the debt. The same applies here. Thinking about applying for an installment loan yourself?

Keep reading to discover 5 key questions to ask before you do it.

1. How Long Before Repayment Is Required?

As you might have guessed, installment loans are paid back in regular installments over time.

Many people prefer them to other types (like payday loan) because they have longer to repay them. The range is generally between 6 months to a few years.

Knowing how long you have to pay it back is essential. You want to make sure you have a realistic period in which to relieve yourself of the debt.

2. How Much Will It Cost?

Any loan provider will charge you interest.

After all, that’s how they make their money!

You need to know the rates on any installment loan before you get it. The rates vary depending on your credit score. Bad credit? Expect higher rates and vice versa.

A fixed interest rate is best. You don’t want any surprises. Some loan sharks will raise the rates once you’ve taken on the debt. You’re stuck repaying far more than you borrowed.

3. Can I Afford it?

Don’t take on the loan if you can’t afford the repayments.

It’s as simple as that. If the interest rates are too high, or repayment is required too soon, then try to get the money elsewhere.

Otherwise, debt can spiral. The only way to repay a debt is to take on more of it. You get a new loan to pay off the old one. And before you know it, you’ve got loan repayments left, right and center.

4. Is There Any Collateral?

Many loans require collateral that protects that lender if you can’t repay the loan.

That’s bad news for you. You put up a valuable piece of property as collateral, such as your home. If you fail to repay the loan, then the lender is within their legal right to take it from you. Be sure to know what collateral is required, and the conditions in which it will be seized.

5. What’s The Lender's Reputation Like?

Finally, never take on a loan without knowing the reputation of the lender.

Loan sharks are an ever-present threat that can cripple you financially. You want your loan provider to be well recommended, with lots of good, bonafide reviews to its name. Ask around, do your research, and ensure they won’t take you for a ride.

It’s Installment Loan Time

There you have it: The five top questions you need to ask yourself before taking out an installment loan.

Rates of debt are increasing at a frightening rate. More and more people are having to take out loans to support their financial situation. To avoid mishaps and financial dire straits, it’s vital to be diligent when getting a loan.

Hopefully, this post will help you in this process.

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