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At the AA we offer unsecured loans, which are usually referred to as a 'personal loan'. An unsecured personal loan is an advance of money that is not secured by collateral such as your home.
A credit scoring will be undertaken to analyse whether you'll be accepted for an unsecured personal loan and will determine the amount of interest you will pay. The amount of interest you pay depends on your past history of meeting debts and repayments. Normally the better your credit rating, the lower your interest rate will be.
Typical unsecured personal loan amounts vary, but most will be between £1,000 and £25,000, and are repaid over one to five years. Please note, an AA Loan is available for between £3,000 and £25,000, over one to five years. You can use an unsecured personal loan to buy a car or pay for home improvements, for special events like weddings and holidays, or to consolidate your existing debt.
Some common loan terms are described in more detail below and can help you understand the application process.
Some lenders will charge a fee for arranging a loan, usually a one-off payment. An AA Loan has no arrangement fee.
CCJ stands for County Court Judgement. These are usually issued if you have defaulted on payments of previous debt. Having a CCJ will usually affect your credit score and ability to borrow money in the future.
Credit reference agencies and your credit rating
When borrowing money you agree that the lender can check your credit rating. Your credit history will be held by a credit reference agency such as Experian or Equifax. You can access your credit history by visiting a credit reference agency's website.
If you have outstanding debt spread across a number of other loans, credit cards or store cards, you can combine these into one loan with one fixed payment. This is called 'debt consolidation'.
This is a regular fixed monthly repayment amount payable for the duration of your loan.
Fixed interest rate loans
These are fixed and can't be changed by the lender or the customer for the term agreed. Even if the Bank of England change the base rate, your loan rate will remain unchanged, giving you added peace of mind.
A loan is a sum of money which is borrowed and paid back, usually with interest over a period of time.
This is a special rate loan to AA members. An AA member is defined as a holder of a current, valid breakdown policy purchased directly from the AA, or holder of a Member Rewards card through your insurance or other AA policy.
Payday loans are usually smaller amounts repaid over 30 days, and carry a higher interest rate. These loans typically cover your expenses until you receive your monthly salary. Amounts are typically between £100 and £1,000, and interest rates can be high. We don’t currently offer payday loans at the AA.
The Representative APR (Annual Percentage Rate) is the interest rate we charge to the majority of our customers who apply for a particular loan amount. We may offer a different APR based on your personal circumstances and the amount that you want to borrow.
Secured loans or homeowner loans are larger amounts – between £15,000 and £200,000. They are secured on your property – either a property you own or have a mortgage on. So if you can't meet repayments, you risk losing your property. We don’t currently offer secured loans at the AA.
You may repay all or part of your loan early at any time. If you repay part of your loan early your monthly repayments will be reduced but the duration of the loan period will remain the same. If you settle the loan early in full, you may have to pay interest on the amount repaid or the amount of interest that may be payable depending on the length of your loan.
This is the period of time over which the loan has been taken.
The following teams and organisations offer useful advice in relation to debt management, and we recommend that you take the opportunity to take their free advice. They will be able to help with any questions and suggest a suitable course of action.
Citizens Advice Bureau
The Citizens Advice service can help you sort out money, legal or other problems by providing free advice and information. You'll find your nearest Citizens Advice office listed in the phone book.
Or visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Payplan provides a free debt management service. Telephone 0800 280 2816.
Or visit www.payplan.com
StepChange Debt Charity
This is a registered charity that provides free, independent and realistic debt management advice. Telephone 0800 138 1111.
Or visit www.stepchange.org
This is a free helpline for people with debt problems. Telephone 0808 808 4000.
Or visit http://www.nationaldebtline.co.uk
Not an actual debt management charity (DMC), but is the largest UK network of advice organisations. Please note that they do not give advice themselves. They have contact details listed for most DMCs and other organisations that can help customers with their debt problems. Telephone 0300 777 0107.
Or visit www.adviceuk.org.uk
Christians Against Poverty (CAP)
CAP is a national debt counselling charity with a network of 239 centres based in local churches which provides free advice and assistance. A representative will go through your debt problems, make out a budget and set up a CAP bank account to pay off bills. Telephone 01274 760 720. Or visit www.capuk.org
How much can I borrow?
Our loans are available from £3,000 to £25,000
How long can I borrow the money for?
You can repay your loan over 12 to 60 months (1-5 years). 1 year term only applicable for loans under £5,000.
What can I borrow the money for?
You can take out a loan for almost any reason including home improvements, buying a car, taking a holiday and a whole host of other reasons.
What does Representative APR stand for?
The Representative APR (Annual Percentage Rate) is the interest rate we charge to the majority of our customers who take out an agreement for a particular loan amount. We may offer a different APR based on your personal circumstances and the amount that you want to borrow.
How do I apply for an AA Loan?
You can apply online now
What information do I need to apply for an AA Loan?
To complete your AA loan application we'll need:
What is credit scoring and how do you use it?
Using the information you have provided, together with details from a Credit Reference Agency, we assess your application and give it a score. This score is then matched alongside our 'acceptance' score, which is based upon detailed analysis of our experience with previous applicants.
If your application reaches the 'acceptance' score, your application is accepted. If it does not reach this score, it is refused. Credit scoring evaluates the risks attached to an application. This doesn't mean that a refused applicant is a bad payer, but simply means that our acceptance requirements haven't been met.
Is there a fee for arranging my loan?
No, there isn't a fee to arrange an AA Loan.
How quickly will I receive a decision on my loan application?
In many cases we are able to provide an approval decision instantly after you apply online, However there may be times when this isn't possible or we may need to request additional information.
How secure is my online loan application?
You can rest assured that every online loan application is protected by the latest 128-bit encryption security software.
What happens if I want to repay my loan early?
You may repay all or part of your loan early at any time. If you repay part of your loan early your monthly repayments will be reduced but the duration of the loan period will remain the same. If you settle the loan early in full, you may have to pay interest on the amount repaid or the amount of interest that may be payable depending on the length of your loan.Back to top
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