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RAC personal loans review September 2023
As well as its famous roadside rescue service, the RAC offers personal loans of up to £25,000 with rates tailored to each borrower.
RAC are no longer offering personal loans, but we’ve kept this review for historical purposes. Compare alternative personal loans
Like its arch-rival the AA, the RAC (which stands for the Royal Automobile Club) has diversified over the years from purely offering roadside assistance to becoming a fully-fledged financial services provider, with a focus on insurance products and personal loans.
RAC Loans is a trading name of RAC Financial Services Limited, which acts as a credit broker (not a direct lender) in partnership with Freedom Finance.
Interest rates are tailored to the individual borrower, which means that while a lender’s obliged by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to declare the Representative APR of its loans, the reality is that many borrowers will receive a different rate. If you’re interested in a personal loan from the RAC, it offers an easy-to-use “soft search” facility, which can give you a clear idea of your chances of approval, plus a realistic estimate of the rate you’d be offered – all without affecting your credit score.
Key features of RAC personal loans at a glance
Whether you’re looking to fund a large purchase or consolidate debt, RAC offers competitive fixed-rate loans at personalised rates, and it’s quick and easy to apply online.
Interest rates are fixed for the duration of your repayment period, although the rate you’re offered will depend on factors like 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.
Bear in mind, however, that 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.
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Am I eligible for an RAC personal loan?
You should only apply for a RAC personal loan if you’re certain you can meet the repayment terms, and you meet the following criteria:
- UK resident
- Aged 18 years old or over.
- Must have a personal bank account in the UK
- Must have an annual income which you can prove
How can I apply?
RAC will offer you a quote via on online application which takes three minutes to complete. You’ll need to provide proof of the following:
- your ID.
- your address history for the past three years.
- your current income and employment details.
RAC customer reviews
RAC has received positive reviews from customers, according to review site Trustpilot. It currently has a rating of 3.9 out of 5, based on more than 90,000 reviews (updated March 2023).
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