With its simple application process and quick payment times, Hitachi Personal Finance is a regular winner of the Your Money UK’s Best Direct Loan provider award. Proudly stating “We are not a bank”, it aims to put the “personal” back into “personal finance”. We’ve put together a page to check out what all the fuss is about.
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What is Hitachi Personal Finance?
Hitachi Personal Finance started out over thirty years ago providing manufacturers with innovative finance solutions. It now lends to UK borrowers too, with the mantra of keeping things as simple for you as possible. Call it Japanese minimalism if you like! Whether you’re buying a car, making home improvements, or celebrating a special event, Hitachi have a competitive loan that could get you there sooner.
Our calculator lets you pick how much you want to borrow, over a timeframe that suits you, to estimate how much you would pay back each month and overall. We base our calculations on Hitachi Personal Finance’s representative APR, but it’s important to note that credit is subject to status, and the actual rate you are offered will depend on Hitachi’s assessment of your circumstances.
Key features of Hitachi personal loans at a glance
Hitachi personal loans come with a fixed rate – meaning your monthly repayment figure won’t change throughout the term of the loan, and you’ll know in advance how much the loan is going to cost you overall. Here’s a quick overview of the loan:
|Loan type||Unsecured Personal Loan|
|Loan amounts||£1,000.00 to £25,000.00|
|Loan terms||2 Years to 5 Years|
|Loan rate type||Fixed|
|Same day funding available|
|Instant decisions in most cases|
|Soft-search facility available|
|Overpay without penalty|
|Concurrent loans allowed|
|Topping-up pays off existing loan and initiates a new loan|
|Repayment methods||Direct Debit|
What is APR?
The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is designed to provide an annual summary of the cost of a loan, and 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. Because Hitachi doesn’t charge an arrangement fee, the interest rate and the APR are the same.
The APR can be a handy benchmark for consumers, but there’s a catch: lenders are only obliged to award this rate to 51% of those who take out the loan – the other 49% could pay more. That’s why it’s often referred to as the representative APR.
Hitachi offers a fairly competitive, low representative APR, with loans aimed at those with excellent credit. Its sister company, beSavvi, offers loans for people with lower credit scores.
Am I eligible for a Hitachi personal loan?
You should only apply for a Hitachi personal loan if you’re certain you can meet the repayment terms, and you meet the following criteria:
- You are aged 21 or over
- You have a bank or building society account
- You are a permanent UK resident (and have been living in the UK for at least 12 months)
- You are in permanent paid employment, self-employed or retired with a pension
- You have a good credit history
How can I apply?
One of the best things about Hitachi personal loans is the super-simple and quick application process. A decision on your application is usually made immediately. Before you start, have these personal details ready:
Once your loan is accepted, Hitachi will have the money to you within 48 hours.
Alternatively, you can also apply by phone if you call 0343 351 9112, although this may take a little longer.
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