Buddy Loans

APR: 49.9% Representative
Loan amount: £1,000 - £7,500
Repayment duration: 12 - 60 Months
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Buddy Loans customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 from 962 reviews

Appalled that a loan was given

14:47 01-02-2017

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What Credit checks? A loan given to someone close to me (who was suffering mentally) who used his father as a guarantor who also has a rubbish credit score. Immoral loan service! Now faced with heaps of interest and charges, court action etc. If the proper checks were carrried out this loan would not have been granted. Appalled!

Lou123

Good customer service

13:55 20-04-2017

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I took a loan out with buddy loans, I had bad credit rating but they accepted me & I got a loan to help me in a difficult time.. it was a nice smooth simple process!

Shannon orourke

Our review of Buddy Loans

Our review by Alex
Written by: Alex
Simplicity
55.8
Features
73.7
Consumer sentiment
78.2

Total OPTIOSCORE
70.4/100

Buddy Loans are a guarantor lender based in Cheshire and offer an almost identical product to the other late entrants to the guarantor loan market. If you don't know what a guarantor loan is, have a read of our guide all about guarantor loans.

Buddy Loans price their product very similarly to other guarantor lenders, which can certainly be considered a competitive rate. Their online customer accounts make the process easier to manage once it’s set up and gives you clear visibility of your loan. There are also no fees for fast payout or settling the loan early. Reviews online, specifically on TrustPilot paint a rosy picture of Buddy loans and are overwhelmingly positive. They also write to each of their reviewers expressing their gratitude for good reviews – a nice personal touch I think.

The usual warnings for guarantor loans apply as they suit a particular set of circumstances. If you’re in any doubt that you’ll be able to make the monthly repayments then taking out a loan might not be the best idea, otherwise, your family member or friend will be left to pick up the pieces. The same applies if you’re considering becoming someone’s guarantor – think carefully before committing as there may be cheaper ways to help out such as lending the money yourself or taking out a loan in joint names.

Overall verdict: Buddy Loans have received much praise from their paid out customers and are worth looking into if your circumstances suit a guarantor loan. Saying that, there are cheaper guarantor lenders out there so it might be worth doing your research.

Highlights

  • Good option for those with bad credit
  • Online portal for easy management
  • Approval decision within the hour
  • No paperwork to complete, 100% online
  • Your guarantor does not need to be a homeowner

Minimum criteria

  • Your guarantor must be aged between 18-75
  • Your guarantor must have a good credit score
  • Your guarantor must have a minimum income of £1,000pm
  • Your guarantor must have a UK bank account

Fees

  • Maximum APR 49.9%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment fee: £12

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About Buddy Loans

Buddy loans are a guarantor lender, offering between £1,000 and £7,5000, at a representative APR of 49.9% that can be repaid between one and five years at a fixed monthly rate.

Loans from Buddy are aimed at those who have had problems with their credit and have a less than ideal rating. To ensure that a payment is made each month they will ask you to find a guarantor aged between 18 and 75, who has a UK bank account, decent credit score and earn a minimum of £1,000 per month.

The online application is relatively quick to complete and once submitted they will then call you and your guarantor to complete the application. Once this is done it can take up to 24 hours for the money to show in your account as long as there are no problems.

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