If you’ve been declined elsewhere, 1st Stop may still consider you for a personal loan as long as you can afford to meet the repayments. Find out more about 1st Stop and see if it offers the right deal for you.
If you’re approved for a personal loan with 1st Stop, it will act as a direct lender or as a broker for one of its panel of lenders.
Founded in 2004, 1st Stop offers a range of financial services including competitive fixed-rate personal loans, home loans and car finance. You can apply online and you will be given a decision in principle within minutes without affecting your credit file.
Key features of 1st Stop personal loans
1st Stop offers personal loans of £2,000 to £15,000 to be repaid over 24 to 72 months. The interest rate you are offered will depend on factors such as your credit rating and income.
Interest rates are fixed for the duration of your repayment period, however the rate you’re offered will depend on factors such as the amount you apply for, the term of the loan, your credit rating and your income. It may differ from the advertised “representative APR”.
What is APR?If you’re comparing any credit-based products, it won’t be long before you’ll come across the annual percentage rate (APR). This figure is designed to provide an annual summary of the cost of a loan. It takes into account both interest and any mandatory charges to be paid (for example an arrangement fee) over the duration of a loan.
All lenders must calculate the APR of their products in the same way, and must tell you the APR before you sign an agreement, so for consumers it can be a handy tool for comparison.
Lenders are only obliged to award their advertised APR to 51% of people who take out the loan – the other 49% could pay more. That’s why it’s often referred to as the representative APR.
How do 1st Stop’s personal loans compare against the competition?
Before you take out a personal loan, it’s smart to read up and shop around. If you’ve been on the 1st Stop site to get a quote on your loan, find out how much you’d be likely to pay for the same loan from some popular lenders:
With no guarantor
With a guarantor
With a guarantor who is a homeowner
You should always refer to your loan agreement for exact repayment amounts as they may vary from our results.
Warning: late repayments can cause you serious money problems. See our debt help guides.
Am I eligible for a 1st Stop personal loan?
You should only apply for a 1st Stop personal loan if you’re certain you can meet the repayment terms. You must also:
How can I apply?
Complete the simple application form online with details of your annual income, monthly outgoings, employment and address history for the last five years. You will receive a decision in principle within minutes, and your loan agreement will be emailed to you to sign and return.
An advisor may call you if additional information is required to determine your ability to afford the repayments. You may be asked to verify your employment and bank details. Once this has been completed, if you’re approved, the funds will be transferred to your bank account.
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