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Finding Loans with Bad Credit
By: John Mussi

Even though it may seem like it at times, having bad credit isn't the end of the world. While you might think that you'll never be able to get a loan that you desperately need because of your credit score, with a little bit of persistence and some careful preparation you'll find that there are a variety of different loan options available to you. The keys to finding a loan with bad credit are keeping your options open, having the right collateral, and shopping around to find the best interest rate that you can get.

The information provided below should help you to find the best loan that you can, and even provides some advice on what to do if the loan you apply for is denied.

Considering lender options

The first step in finding a loan with bad credit is considering a variety of different lenders so as to find the one that's right for you and your loan needs. There are a number of different lenders out there, so don't limit yourself to simply checking one or two banks in your area for loan rates. Keep in mind the various finance companies, loan offices, mortgage lenders (if applicable), and online lenders that might offer interest rates and loan terms that are comparable if not better than those that are offered by the banks in your area.

Choosing the right collateral

Once you've figured out some of the lenders that you might request a loan quote from, you need to determine what you're going to use as collateral for the loan. Collateral is essential for a bad credit loan, since it serves as a guarantee to the lender that they'll get their money back no matter what and helps to convince them that you're worth the risk of lending money to.

It's best to choose collateral that has a higher value than you're attempting to borrow, especially if the collateral that you're considering is an item that would be easy to find a market for if necessary. The higher the value of the item and the easier it is to find a ready market for it, the greater the chance that you'll not only get a loan but also a good interest rate on that loan.

Shopping for a loan

After you've decided upon what you want to use as your collateral, it's time to start shopping around for a loan. Request loan quotes from all of the lenders that you'd decided upon previously, using the same collateral as the basis for each quote. Compare the interest rates and loan terms that are offered by each lender, finding the loan quote that's best for you and applying for that loan.

What to do if you're denied a loan

If you get turned down for a loan, remember that there are still other options available. Go back to the quotes that you had received previously and apply for the next-best loans? if you're unable to get one of the next two best, you might want to begin your search again and consider a few additional lenders that you hadn't previously.

You might also want to attempt to get a pre-approval from a lender, which means that they review all of your information as though you were submitting your actual application while you're still getting your loan quote. This can save you time and frustration, since a pre-approval means that should you apply for the loan that you're pre-approved for you'll be already approved for the loan at the quoted rate.

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About The Author

John Mussi is the founder of Direct Online Loans who help homeowners find the best available loans via the website.

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