Most Commonly Asked Logbook Loan Questions

Are logbook loans primarily for individuals with bad credit?

Not exactly. When the idea of logbook loans were first mooted, the goal was to target individuals with bad credit or those who could not avail credit facilities because they had a history of arrears. However, the reality of the matter is that anybody can apply for a logbook loan if they so wish in as much as the biggest chunk of customers for logbook loans are those with a poor credit rating.

Do you offer logbook loans with outstanding finance?

One of the conditions we have prior to approving your loan application is that your car should be from any financial attachment. We would therefore be inclined to decline your application in this respect. That said, there are instances where we might still be able to provide logbook loans with outstanding finance especially if the outstanding debt on your vehicle is negligible.

 

What basic requirements do I have to meet in order to avail a logbook loan?

The beauty about our logbook loans is that the requirements are pretty simple and basic. For one, we insist that you must be a bonafide UK citizen who is of sound mind and above the age of 18 years. Secondly, you must be owning a car that you are willing to set up as collateral and be residing within the UK. So long as you meet the aforementioned, you are good to go.

Can I use a vintage car as collateral?

The rule of thumb is that the car you set up as collateral need to be a model that is not older than 10 years or rather has not been operating on the road for more than a decade. That said, there are instances where we consider classic and vintage cars especially if they are well maintained and in good condition.

Can I use my spouse’s car as collateral for my logbook loan?

Unfortunately, that is not possible. We need you to set up as collateral a car that is registered in your own name. You cannot transfer ownership of a car that you do not legally own to us. It will definitely create legal bottlenecks and would make it very difficult for us to enforce the contract we agreed upon should there be any problems.

I will be 18 years in a couple of days. Is it okay for me to apply for a logbook loan?

There are a number of things we consider before approving your application. One of the things is that you need to be an adult of sound mind not to mention show proof that you receive income on a regular basis. In essence, if you are yet to be 18 years, it will be impossible for us to consider you for a logbook loan as you are a minor. In fact, any agreements will not be enforced in any court of law not to mention that it’s illegal in the UK to enter into a contract with a minor.

How is the flexibility of the repayment?

It is actually up to you to decide how frequently you wish to be making repayments. You can decide to be making weekly repayments, biweekly repayments or even monthly repayments.

What is your preferred mode of making repayments?

While there are a number of ways you can make repayments for your logbook loan. We prefer you set up automatic deduction from your bank account. This makes it easier for you to be on top of repayments and drastically reduces chances of you defaulting.

Any risks related to defaults?

Of course there are! First and foremost, defaults negatively impact your credit score and inability to service your loan could see you losing your car. Please be advised that this is usually a measure of last resort!

Is it wise to take out a loan against your car?

When it comes to logbook loans, there are two school of thoughts. In other words, we have those who vouch for logbook loans and see it as a perfect avenue to get access to credit facilities ones credit score status notwithstanding and then there are those who advice against taking them out. If you are thinking of taking out a logbook loan for the first time, you might find yourselves between a rock and a hard place.

Granted, logbook loans were primarily meant for individuals who ordinarily couldn’t avail a loan from a high street bank to their state of their credit score. To such individuals, the introduction of logbook loans was a stroke of genius, an idea whose time had passed. They revelled in its promise and couldn’t wait to feel equal with others. However, with time, what was an avenue to even the scores came back to taunt them. Cases of defaults, customers getting deeper into debt and car repossessions spoilt what was once a fairy story.

It was not lost however on people that this was largely a result of making poor financial decisions on the spur of the moment. There are those who dived in head first without taking stock of how a logbook loan would affect their lives. That said, we can’t run away from the fact that logbook loans have changed the lives of many people in the UK. So is it wise to take out a logbook loan? Well, that depends on your reason for taking out a logbook loan.

If you are taking out a V5 loan to go for a vacation or buy your girlfriend a befitting engagement ring, then you are taking out a V5 loan for all the wrong reasons. You need to have a strong reason as to why you with to go for a logbook loan. If you have bad credit, a history of arrears or filed for bankruptcy in the past, it makes sense as to why you should go for this type of loan. After all, it’s your only option so to speak. Secondly, if you are seeking to rebuild your credit score status then taking out this kind of loan is a wise thing to do. However, ensure that you take a manageable amount that you can comfortably repay.

Another reason as to why it’s wise to take a logbook loan is if you intend to build a credit score from scratch. Considering that mainstream lenders might not be willing to extend to you credit based on the fact that they have no way of ascertaining your credit behaviour, going for a logbook loan might be the best thing to do.

Why buying a car with a logbook loan attached to it is a bad idea

There is a general agreement that ignorance is bliss and what you don’t know doesn’t hurt you. While this would apply in many other scenarios, it doesn’t apply to buying a car that has a logbook loan attached to it. It is not okay to just wake up one day and buy a car from a friend or colleague without doing diligence. With the popularity of logbook loans in the UK, chances are that the car you might be buying has an outstanding finance to it.

Before we get into why it’s a bad idea to buy a car with a logbook loan attachment to it, let’s understand what a logbook loan is. A logbook loan is essentially a secured bad credit loan where a borrower uses his car as security to get access to credit. It is a fairly popular means of borrowing for individuals with bad credit or those who have filed for bankruptcy in the past. Of course, the allure for logbook loans has to do with the fact that credit checks do not play an integral role in determining whether a person is approved for the loan or not.

That said, how is a logbook loan agreement arrived at?

Well, when you express interest to apply for a logbook loan, the lender will first assess whether you meet the basic requirements and if your car is in good condition. Of course, the amount you are entitled to under a V5 loan is informed by the value of your car as well as your ability to repay the same. Once the lender is convinced that you qualify, you will sign two agreements. One is a personal loan agreement and the second is a bill of sale agreement. The bill of sale agreement simply states that you have transferred the ownership of the car to the lender and therefore you have no right to sell it so long as you are still servicing your loan. It also gives the lender the right to repossess your car should you be unable to repay the loan in totality.

In other words, once you take a logbook loan, the car is no longer yours but rather the property of the lender. You are therefore prohibited from selling the same. That said, that has not deterred several car owners to sell their cars with logbook loan attachment to unsuspecting customers.

Never ever buy a car with outstanding finance!

The reality of the matter is that buying a car with a logbook loan attachment to it is akin to flushing your hard earned money down the toilet. You are not the legal owner of the car and any agreement you entered into with the car seller is null and void under the UK laws. The logbook loan lender has the legal right to repossess the car and you will be left with an egg on the face.

How can you avoid this scenario?

Well, before you buy any car, ensure that you subject it to a HPI check to ensure that there is no logbook loan attached to it. Only buy a car from a dealer when you are sure that it’s free of any financial attachment!

How to improve chances of approval for a logbook loan as well as how to reduce chances of car repossession

You will agree with me that if you have bad credit and have literally been turned away on numerous occasions every time you sought for a loan from mainstream banks, chances are that you are bound to be hasty when making financial decisions especially where credit checks are not an issue. Most individuals with bad credit have found themselves in unfamiliar territories when they haphazardly agreed to a contract without understanding how the said contract will affect them. Essentially, this desperation from bad credit individuals is what unscrupulous logbook loan lenders take advantage of to swindle individuals and ensure that they are forever indebted to them.

Applying for a logbook loan should be something that is well thought out, informed and not done in a haste. It is imperative that you take measures to understand how the terms and conditions of the loan will affect you prior to signing on the dotted line. That said, how can you improve your chances of getting approved for a logbook loan? No doubt, the belief is that since credit checks are not an issue, getting approved is assured. Well, this is not is always the case as approval is premised on a number of factors.

For one, to improve your chances of approval, ensure that you are of age, reside within the UK, receive salary on a regular basis or rather show proof that you can service your loan and maintain your car on a regular basis. While this is essentially what many logbook loan lenders insist on, the truth of the matter is that it’s not enough to secure you a logbook loan. In addition to a car that is in good condition, the tax and insurance details of the car must be in order. What this simply means is that even if you meet the eligibility requirements and your car insurance and tax details are not in order, then you can forget about being approved.

Secondly, you need to have a Ministry of transport (MOT) certificate that essentially shows that your car is road worthy. The car must also not be older than 10 years old. Therefore, if you are keen on getting approved at the first go, it’s imperative that you ensure all the above are in order as lack of one or two could see your application rejected.

Now that we’ve looked at how you can ensure you get approved for a logbook loan, let’s take a look at how to reduce chances of your car being repossessed. No doubt, the fool proof way of ensuring that your car is not repossessed is by being prompt in payment. In other words, you should be on top of your repayments and not default. However, we both know that things happen and at times we are forced to default. When this happens, it is imperative that you don’t go under or cut communications with your lender.

Most logbook loan lenders resort to car repossession due to lack of communication or because the borrower simply goes mute and doesn’t respond to communication on why they have fallen behind. If you experience financial problems, approach the lender and explain why that is the case. Try to make them understand and if your lender is understanding, there is a high probability that they will work out something with you rather than resort to repossessing your car.

In conclusion, logbook loans if utilised are a great way to resolve your financial issues when you are between a rock and hard place. Consequently, if utilised badly, they could make your financial situation worse than it was before you took out one. Always make an informed decision and only borrow what you can afford to repay!