When we are looking for loans, we will want to look for a lender that we can trust. We want to make sure that they will be fair and treat us well. This means that many of us might choose to go to high street banks or other well-known lenders. However, are we right to trust them more?
It is worth thinking about what it is that makes you trust a lender and whether you are justified in thinking that. Also you should consider whether just because you have not heard of a lender, should you ignore them even if they are cheaper? There are a few main things that you should think about.
Secure website – if you are dealing online, whether through internet banking or dealing online completely, then you will want to check that the website is secure. You will be able to see this by looking to see if the site has a padlock near to the address of the website. This indicates that the site is secure and that if you send personal data it will be encrypted so it is secure in transit. You will also need to protect yourself by making sure that you have up to date virus checkers and installed protection software such as rapport onto your PC. Emu.co.uk is an example of a secure lender.
Good reputation – You may be concerned about the reputation of the lender. If you have heard a lot of bad things about them, then you may worry that it is not a lender that you want to use. It is good to be wary as you want a lender that will treat your fairly and be true to their word. However, if you look hard enough you will find that there are bad things to be said about all lenders as not everyone will have a perfect experience. Therefore it is worth making sure that you go to a lot of sources to find out more about the lenders so that you can be sure that you get a balanced outlook.
Recommendations – it is wise to see whether you can find any recommendation for lenders. Ask friends and family and any others that you trust in order to find out more about who they use or have used in the past and whether they would recommend them or advise you to avoid using them. If you do not have anyone to ask or would rather not ask people about lenders then you can look online. There are websites where people have information about these things. On personal finance message boards people will give their opinions on this sort of thing and there may also be information on websites and blogs. Although these can be useful it is wise to have a look at them. It is not always easy to see whether they are unbiased opinions or whether they are honest. Therefore it is a good idea to look at lots of them and think about whether you feel that they are honest opinions or not.
Cost of loans – it is worth looking at the cost of the loans to get an idea as to whether you should use a lender or not. You may find that well-known banks will be able to charge more money for their loans because they have a reputation of trust. However, people tend to trust a name that they know even if they have no idea why they know the name. It could be that they just know the name because they have seen adverts for the bank or pass it on the high street and actually have no idea what they are like at all. It might even be that they heard bad things about it a long time ago but cannot remember that they heard bad things just that they have heard of it. So it could make a lot of sense to go with a cheaper lender even if you are concerned about not knowing much about them. You should be able to do some research and find out more about them to help you to decide whether you should use them or not. If a loan is significantly cheaper then you may be right to be more suspicious of them though so take care with this too.