APR: 3.3% Representative
Loan amount: £1,000 - £35,000
Repayment duration: 12 - 120 Months
OPTIOSCORE 83/100 
Time to apply: 02m 50s
Tesco Bank Loans customer reviews

2.6 out of 5 from 89 customer reviews

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Representative Example: If you borrow £7500 over 12 months at a representative rate of 3.3% APR and an annual interest rate of 3.2511%, you would pay 60 monthly instalments of £135.60. The total charge for credit will be £636 and the total amount payable will be £8,136.00
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Tesco Bank Loans customer reviews

2.6 out of 5 from 89 reviews

Four days

12:34 28-04-2017

via Choose Wisely

I applied for a new loan after having a tesco loan for 9 months. I was worried that I would be declined as I already had two credit cards which were close to their limits. I wanted a loan to clear these cards at a better apr. My first loan with tescos was 5k over 5 years with 11.2%apr. I reapplied and asked for £7897 over 5 years and I was accepted at the headline rate of 3.3%. I applied over the phone on the Tuesday, received the paperwork on Thursday and sent it back then the funds arrived at 1pm Friday. Can't quite believe it. My credit rating according to experian is in the lower half of fair and with this loan my total available credit is just under half my salary. I have now cleared and closed credit cards and have a very manageable monthly payment. Recommend

Rainbow

Loan

15:35 29-06-2017

via Smart Money People

Easy and affordable. Effortless application and a fair repayment plan

Martin Maddison

Dreadful customer service

13:11 27-01-2017

via Choose Wisely

Applied for a loan on-line and was accepted immediately with a 3.3%. Rather foolishly put a deposit on a car and waited for papers to come through. After a few days waiting contacted tesco bank customer services to be told my application had been referred to the underwriters. After speaking to underwriters, they advised it had been referred to them in error and sent me on documentation. Documents had a number of errors, so contacted CS again. Advised that the application would have to be fully reviewed by the underwriters and that I might be rejected or offered a higher rate. Also advised that if I withdrew my application it would adversely affect my credit score. Experience with CS so far has been very poor and they don't seem interested.

Byron

review

16:05 22-06-2017

via Smart Money People

quick and no sneaky advertised Representative rate different from the rate on offer. unlike the Nationwide

Anonymous

Rubbish finance company -- Waste of Time

19:53 20-01-2017

via Choose Wisely

Don't bother they will approve u in principle and then waste time and say no even if u have a single direct debit return -- Loan at 16%

Zainab

Super

19:03 19-06-2017

via Smart Money People

For long term loan this is the best option. Try them to find out how good they are.

Mahmud Mostafa

Avoid!

17:26 15-11-2016

via Choose Wisely

Customer service is ok - sometimes long waiting! People are ok/friendly. Tesco bank simply doesn't have enough employees to deal with the amount of customers! The process is too slow - take too long for credit check and need to send the documents back by post! Oh my god. I just found out that the process was so slow. If I knew it earlier, I would definitely avoid it. It only took me one day to take out £10000 with HSBC, but with Tesco, you are talking about one month. Avoid at all cost in the future. Definitely doesn't recommend it. I regret that I didn't read the reviews before I went to Tesco.

marcus

Credit

11:19 08-06-2017

via Smart Money People

Friendly and helpful team who are willing to help you through all staged

Roy pearson

Very mixed

12:41 09-05-2013

via Choose Wisely

Applied online for loan on a Sunday- approved online, opted for courier service. Mistake. Courier rang once on the Monday, driving so could not pick up mobile. Rang back- can,t talk to person only a message to listen to. Tuesday couriers rang twice to Mobile and before i could get phone out of pocket rang off. They then rang house rang 4 times, could not get to they rang off. It is now Tuesday night rang Tesco, very helpful lady said she would stop the courier service the 50 quid payment for the service. Requested they sent the papers 1st class to arrive Thursday. No sign on Thursday- finally arrived Friday, signed and returned for next day delivery by one to Glasgow. Rang Tesco's on Wednesday of the following week as money had not gone it to be told there was no record of the papers arriving. Rang track and trace they had been signed for on the Sat morning. So they had sat, as it turns out in the mail room in Glasgow from Sat until Wed and were finally chased up on Wed afternoon by another helpful member of staff and the payment went in finally on Wed very late afternoon some 10 days after loan approved online. Moral of this tale do not use the couriers delayed us significantly, staff very helpful and yet only apology we received was about couriers. The paper work sat in the mail room for 4 days was not apologised for nor the phone calls we had to make and the 10 quid spent on postage to compensate for the couriers inability to stay on the phone until it is picked up.

sue

Good bank with good customer service

08:17 31-05-2017

via Smart Money People

Got a Loan through Tesco Bank. Did it all online and it was really easy. Had to speak with them a couple of times on the phone and both times the advisor was friendly and got the issue resolved on my first call.

Jay Steel

Our review of Tesco Bank Loans

Our review by Alex
Written by: Alex
Simplicity
72.1
Features
77.3
Consumer sentiment
100

Total OPTIOSCORE
83/100

Tesco offer one of the best personal loan interest rates on Choose Wisely and in return they do ask that their applicants have good credit history. Their available loan terms also go up to ten years, which is rare for the market with the majority going up to seven. Tesco’s mobile banking app allows customers to keep an eye on their balance and manage their loan with ease and if you’re a Clubcard holder then you can benefit from better rates when making your application.

You will need to supply quite a lot of information during the application process which is very detailed – although this can see like an inconvenience it’s needed as your personal circumstances help Tesco to decide your final interest rate. If you’re going to apply to Tesco you will need your banking details, monthly incomings, details of any other credit you have, mortgage or rent payments, employment details and your address history for the past three years. Although the application can be completed online there is a postal element to the process and you do have the option of having these documents couriered to speed up the process, but, you will be charged £50 which is added to your first monthly payment.

At the time of writing, Tesco have a rating of 2.8 out of 5 on Choose Wisely which is a decent score. Customers who are unhappy have reported being offered different APRs to the representative one advertised (which is normal across the lender market) and lack of organisation with loan agreements. Happy customers have praised their smooth application and affordable rates – so like any lender each customer has their own experience.

Overall verdict: An affordable lender if you meet the criteria and have all the information they need. It’s also a bonus that you’re able to take a two month repayment break at the beginning of the loan, however, you will need to take into account that you’re going to be paying an extra two months’ interest during your loan term. Also if you’re a Clubcard holder, don’t forget to make the most of the exclusive rates by including your Clubcard number in the application.

Highlights

  • Two month repayment break at the start of the loan
  • Instant decision when you apply online
  • Clubcard rate for Clubcard holders
  • Fixed monthly repayments make budgeting easy
  • Loan terms available up to 10 years

Minimum criteria

  • You must be aged between 18 and 74
  • You will need to be in employment or have a regular income
  • You must have lived in the UK for 3 years or more
  • You will need to have a UK personal current account

Fees

  • Maximum APR 17.6%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment fee: £12

About Tesco Bank Loans

Tesco Bank offers loans from £1,000 to £35,000 with loan terms over one to ten years. Their advertised representative APR is 3.3% which is one of the cheapest rates in the personal loans market, however, bear in mind they do not accept customers with any type of bad credit history. You can also benefit from a better rate if you are a Clubcard holder and you will need to have your Clubcard number to hand during the application process.

Tesco offer two methods of applying for their loans, the most efficient way is using their online application service. However, if you would rather talk to someone, you can call their UK based call centres. Once you have applied and completed the online application form, they will give you a provisional decision almost instantly and if accepted your loan agreement will be posted out to you to sign and return along with extra documentation to back your application up such as bank statements or wage slips. Once you've returned the documents back to Tesco, it can take up to three working days to make a final decision on your loan. They will then send you a letter to confirm and the funds will be in your account in three working days.

Customers are able to take a two month repayment break at the beginning of their loan, however, interest is still charged during this time and so you will pay an extra two months’ interest during your loan term.

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