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Everything You Need to Know About APR

APR, or annual percentage rate, comprises the yearly costs associated with taking out an unsecured loan for consumer products.

The interest and annual fees are combined to provide borrowers with a clear overview of the loan before they commit to a lender, though it does not include additional charges associated with late or missed payments, or other non-standard fees.

Whether you are seeking a loan, looking to finance the purchase of a new or second-hand car, taking out a new credit card, or applying for a mortgage, the APR will play a significant role in the cost of borrowing.

And it’ll also be influenced by your requirements for the loan, and your profile as a prospective borrower.

Read more below about how APR factors into some of the most common consumer loans, and what will impact the rates available to you.

APR for Personal Loans

When you take out a loan, APR will be determined by your profile as a borrower, and what your exact requirements are for the loan.

For instance, if you are taking out a car loan, then your credit history, FICO score and the amount of money you have available for a deposit will play a significant role.

A high credit score will give you greater access to low APR payments, whereas a lower score or insufficient history will mean that lenders are less willing to offer low rates.

With regards to the loan itself, APR will also be influenced by the length of the repayment term, and the car itself: age, driver history, make and model will all incur a different outcome for your rates. In general, the older the car, the higher the rate of interest associated with it.

Finding good interest rates for auto loans that suit your budget, car requirements, and credit history does take some research.

But looking at the APR offered by multiple lenders will ensure you are able to see the broader picture and find a car loan that suits your requirements.

APR for Credit Cards

APR comprises all the costs of using a credit card, aside from non-standard fees incurred as a result of missed repayments or withdrawals.

A credit card enables you to borrow money as and when you need it, up to a predetermined limit set by your creditor. Essentially, when you spend credit, you’re taking out a loan, which is liable for interest set by the card provider.

You can take advantage of a period of free credit if you pay the amount off in full before the next statement date; when this date has passed, any outstanding balance will need to be repaid, along with interest.

Your APR includes this rate of interest, alongside a standard yearly fee applied to all credit card users.

What is the Difference Between Representative and Personal APR?

Essentially, representative APR is a term used to described the annual percentage rate offered to the majority of borrowers by a specific lender.

This can mean that just 51% receive this rate, however, so it is important to consider how factors such as your credit history, loan amount, and repayment term will impact the specifics of your loan. In other words, your personal APR offered by the lender.

What is the Difference Between Fixed and Variable APR?

When APR is fixed, it ensures that your rate of interest will remain the same throughout the repayment period of the loan. An unfixed loan is subject to fluctuate throughout the repayment term, based upon changes to the market or ‘index’ rates.

What is the Difference Between APR and APRC?

While secured loans use APRC to determine yearly costs, the cost of repaying unsecured personal loans – where no collateral is secured against the amount borrowed from the lender, as a form of security against a borrower’s inability to repay – is demonstrated through APR.

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