Posted by Michael J. McGarvey on September 4, 2019
If you are currently interested in a loan, you will find in the financial market at the moment particularly favorable conditions for a loan – whatever kind. The reason for this is the current low interest rate situation, which is due to the current low level of the so-called key interest rate. This low key rate allows banks to obtain favourable loans. As a consumer, therefore, one finds very good conditions to cover the financing needs for longer-term purchases or for short-term increased expenditure by means of a favourable credit.
However, in order to obtain a loan or loan as cheap as possible, one should first inform oneself comprehensively about the dangers and pitfalls of borrowing too early. We have summarized the 5 typical mistakes in a too hasty borrowing:
1: underestimate the pitfalls
Who doesn’t know him, who doesn’t have him: the Overdraft as an addition to the current account. According to a representative survey by IGS, the Overdraft of around 10% of Germans is used monthly and of a further 8% even permanently. However, this “simple” Overdraft has its gap and that is interest. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for banks to demand up to 14% and, in some cases, more interest for the” fast ” Overdraft. This type of credit should only be used as a consumer if you are able to pay back this credit quickly.
2: too many zero percent financing / borrowing
Every day, we make these loan offers in the form of so-called zero percent financing. Without a doubt, the offers of companies are more than tempting. However, as a consumer, caution should be exercised. The following applies in principle: any loan – whether Overdraft, installment loan or zero percent financing-is entered in the credit history. If you take up several zero-percent financing within a shorter period of time, this can have a negative effect on the personal score value, which is usually ignored in this type of loan. A negative score value is therefore equivalent to a negative credit rating and can have a negative impact on many areas of daily life.
3: don’t specify the purpose of the loan
Many credit types, such as consumer credit, usually don’t have a purpose limitation, which means that you can decide as a borrower yourself and, if necessary, only after payment, what the money is used for. However, if the exact purpose of the loan or loan is known in advance, a lot of money can be saved depending on the amount of the loan! It is unquestionable that dedicated loans, such as auto loans, often have a significantly lower interest rate than dedicated loans. In this respect, it may be a significant advantage from a financial point of view if a purpose of use is specified when borrowing.
4: overlooked expensive additional offers in the credit offer
A quick signature Under The finally approved credit agreement is another credit error to be avoided. Even if you are happy about the accepted application for a loan and the payout can hardly wait, you should read the terms of the contract exactly as with any other contract. Too expensive or compulsory residual debt insurance, inadmissible processing fees or unfavourable conditions for special repayments are only a few points that should be checked before submitting the signature. Insurance companies in particular are often regarded by banks as mandatory and helpful in loan agreements, although they are often not necessary at all.
5: borrowing without loan comparison
One thing should be clear to everyone: there is nowhere something free or even given and money never! And so, if you want to borrow, make sure that no money is given away! Experience shows that many consumers, out of ignorance or skepticism about credit offered from the Internet, prefer to finance at the house bank, without first comparing the numerous, often better credit offers on the market. The result is usually unnecessarily higher interest rates. In order to avoid this scenario, you should inform yourself in advance about current offers and carry out a personal loan comparison. This compiles a list of all credit offers that most closely correspond to the individual needs of the borrower.