Tesco is well known for being one of the biggest supermarket chains, but it also offers fixed-rate, unsecured personal loans at competitive rates. And if you’re a Clubcard member, you can get discounted rates on some loans.
Founded almost 100 years ago, Tesco began as a retailer in Hackney, London 1919. Fast-forward to 2017 and Tesco stores are located in over 6,500 locations and the brand has branched out into banking and mobile.
Whether you’re looking to buy a new car, consolidate debt, refurbish the kitchen, or take that desperately needed holiday, Tesco offers competitive and flexible fixed-rate loans. It’s quick and easy to apply online and you might even get a decision on the same day.
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Key features of a Tesco personal loan
Tesco’s personal loans are unsecured, meaning they’re be based on creditworthiness, rather than by the use of property, vehicles and other assets as collateral. The loans are available for amounts between £1,000 and £35,000 over terms ranging from 1 to 10 years.
While Tesco rates are generally competitive, the representative APR may not be the rate you’ll receive: Tesco will offer you a rate based on assessment of your personal financial circumstances.
All interest rates are fixed for the duration of your repayment period, however the rate you’re offered will depend on factors including 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.
Am I eligible for a Tesco personal loan?
You should only apply for a Tesco personal loan if you’re certain you can meet the repayment terms, and you meet the following criteria:
- You must be aged between 18 and 74. You must be aged under 75 at the end of your loan term.
- Be in full time employment with no probationary period, or have been self employed for over two years or have a regular income e.g. pension.
- Have lived in the UK for at least three years.
- Have a UK based bank or building society account that can pay direct debits.
- You must not have a history of County Court Judgements or bankruptcy.
How do I apply?
If you have decided that a Tesco personal loan is right for you, make sure you have the following information handy for your application:
Then simply fill in the application form via their website. Remember that if you apply online you’ll receive a response much quicker.
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