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No credit check loans are increasing in popularity in Canada, partly thanks to their ease of access, and partly as debt levels across the country rise. But these simple forms of borrowing are often maligned, and frequently misunderstood. Here we’re going to look at everything you need to know if you’re considering a no credit check loan.
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A no credit check loan is exactly what it sounds like – a loan you can get without a credit check. Whereas most traditional loans (like personal loans, mortgages, auto loans, business loans, lines of credit and so on) require a credit check, and a credit score of at least 600, no credit check loans skip this requirement. In most other ways though, it is very similar to other forms of borrowing.
Qualifying for a no credit check loan in Canada is much easier than qualifying for other types of loan. Most lenders in Canada require applicants to have a credit score of at least 600, and may have other financial or demographic restrictions as well. But a no credit check loan only requires that you:
It is sometimes believed that no credit check loans are only useful to those with a poor credit score, who would fail a traditional lender’s credit check, but this isn’t actually the case. People in many circumstances may consider a no credit check loan; for example, if:
About 4% of Canadians have utilized a payday loan at some point, but probably everyone has seen the ads. Payday loans are a quick but expensive borrowing option for those seeking a small amount of cash (usually between $100 and $1,500) for a short amount of time (usually just a few weeks). They have very high interest rates (averaging 400% APR) and require proof of income, but are appealing because of their ease of access and speed.
Guarantor loans are an option for those with a friend or family member who is willing and able to co-sign their loan agreement. By doing this, the co-signer (or guarantor) is agreeing that if you, the borrower, defaults on the loan, they become financially responsible for repaying it. This arrangement provides security for the lender and means that borrowers who may be unable to get a loan on their own can access financing at affordable rates. A guarantor must have a good credit history and a stable income.
A car title loan is a type of secured loan where you use the equity you have in your car as the collateral. The size of loan you can get via a car title loan will depend on your vehicle – how much equity you have in it, its overall value, age and mileage, and so on. These loans tend to be for shorter terms than other types of secured loan (3 months to 3 years).
A third type of secured borrowing is a secured credit card. This has the benefit of being as versatile and flexible as any other credit card – meaning you do not have to apply for a set amount and you only pay interest on what you use – and simply requires that you provide security against the card’s credit limit.
Secured personal loans are a more affordable option for those able to provide some form of collateral against the loan. By securing the loan against an asset you already own (such as property, a savings account, or a vehicle) you are essentially guaranteeing that the lender will receive repayment – either in the form of your agreed loan repayments, or by seizing the collateral in lieu of repayments if you default on the loan. So be warned – this type of loan puts the asset you use as security at risk if you don’t meet your loan payments.
Secured personal loans are available for anywhere from $1,000 to $50,000, and can last just a few months to 5 years. Interest rates vary depending on the loan terms and the lender you choose, but can be competitive, and can be either variable or fixed.
Yes, payday loans are legal everywhere in Canada, though the regulations concerning them and how they work vary by province. See here for more information.
Credit checks can have a short term, negative impact on your credit score, so they are best avoided if: your score is already low; you have recently had another credit check run; you are uncertain if you will be pursuing the loan requiring the check.
Yes, in general no credit check loans are safe, but not every lender in the market is trustworthy. There are predatory companies who prey on those seeking fast cash, so always check the reputability of any lender, before you apply to them.
To increase your chances of approval, make sure that you meet the eligibility requirements of your chosen no credit check loan, and complete the application form and supporting documentation properly.