Excellent credit scores could save borrowers over $4k on personal loan rates

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Everyone knows that when applying for a personal loan, having a good credit score can give you an advantage. But just how much of an advantage does a good credit history provide?

After crunching the numbers, it seems that squeaky clean credit can actually make all the difference when it comes to interest rates on your personal loan. Your credit score can be the deciding factor between an extremely competitive interest rate and a fairly high interest rate on your personal loan.

Surveying the over 200 personal loans in the Mozo database showed that you can save a considerable amount of money taking out a personal loan with excellent credit vs with average credit.

  • The average interest rate for a borrower with an average credit score on a $30,000 personal loan paid back over 5 in the Mozo database years is 13.18%, costing you an average of $11,122 in interest.
  • The average personal loan interest rate in the Mozo database for a borrower with excellent credit on the same loan amount and terms is 7.65%, costing you an average of $6,197 in interest.
  • Having excellent credit could save you $4,925 in interest on a $30,000 personal loan paid back over 5 years.*

Some lenders operate on a credit-based tiered interest rate system and reserve the best rates for borrowers with stellar credit. So if you’ve put in the long-term work of maintaining a perfect credit record, then why not reap the benefits with a personal loan that will reward you for that?

So, if you’ve got top notch credit and you’re after a personal loan to match, check some top picks below

Top low interest personal loans - last updated 14 May 2022

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  • Personal Loan

    Unsecured, Fixed, Excellent Credit

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    6.39% p.a.to 7.89% p.a.
    6.39% p.a.to 8.49% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    With low rates for borrowers with excellent credit, a quick 1 minute rate estimate and simple online application, there’s a lot to love about this loan! You’ll not only benefit from no exit fees, there are also no early repayment fees. You could qualify by simply earning above $25,000 and you’ll be on the way to start spending (other eligibility criteria may apply).

    Repayment terms from 3 years to 5 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 6.39% would cost $35,126.40 including fees.

    Details
  • Home Improvement Loan

    Fixed, Unsecured

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    5.75% p.a.
    5.96% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Handypay offers flexible home improvement loans for Excellent Credit or better. Handypay is a specialist home improvement plan provider and offers loans up to $75,000.

    Repayment terms from 1 year to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 5.75% would cost $34,840.18 including fees.

    Details
  • Mozo Expert Choice Badge
    Personal Loan

    Unsecured, Fixed

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    4.99% p.a.to 14.99% p.a.
    4.99% p.a.to 14.99% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Excellent credit score needed to obtain this rate. Enjoy no-fuss personal loans of up to $30,000 with Alex Bank. No hidden early repayment penalties. Terms from 6 months to 5 years. Convenient, 100% online approval. Must be over 18 to be eligible (other eligibility criteria may apply). Winner of Mozo's Experts Choice Unsecured Personal Loan award 2022^.

    Repayment terms from 1 year to 5 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 4.99% would cost $33,959.97 including fees.

    Details
  • Unsecured Personal Loan

    Fixed

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    5.35% p.a.to 19.09% p.a.
    6.14% p.a.to 19.99% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Fast, easy and 100% online, this is a low cost loan with no ongoing fees or extra repayment penalties. It's perfect for savvy borrowers with great credit. If you’re over 18 and earn above $30,000, you could qualify (other eligibility criteria may apply).

    Repayment terms from 3 years to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 5.35% would cost $34,832.61 including fees.

    Details

**Based on 39 unsecured personal loans in the Mozo database that offer a range of interest rates depending on the applicant. Savings calculated as difference between the average of the lowest rates (7.65%) and the average of the mid-point from each products range of rates available (13.18%).

* WARNING: The Comparison Rate combines the lender's interest rate, fees and charges into a single rate to show the true cost of a personal loan. The comparison rates displayed are calculated based on a loan of $30,000 for a term of 5 years or a loan of $10,000 for a term of 3 years as indicated, based on monthly principal and interest repayments, on a secured basis for secured loans and an unsecured basis for unsecured loans. This comparison rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.

^See information about the Mozo Experts Choice Personal Loan Awards

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