Busted: Biggest personal loan myths

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From buying that new car you’ve been dreaming of, to consolidating your debt or financing your home renovations, personal loans can have a great many uses. But knowing where you stand when it comes to personal loans can be tricky, with a bunch of common misconceptions floating around that need to be busted. 

So let's get to it and separate fact from fiction:

Myth 1: You need to go to your bank for a personal loan.

Approaching your current bank for a personal loan may appear to be the most straightforward option, if you don't shop around, you could end up paying a lot more money.

We compare over 200 personal loans here at Mozo and variable interest rates start from as low as 4.99% p.a. and go to well over 20% p.a.

Myth 2: Big banks have the best personal loan rates.

While the big banks offer a wide variety of services, they don’t always have the best personal loan rates. In addition to the big players there are a range of lenders to choose from including digital only lenders, customer-owned and challenger banks. 

Most lenders will also have online application and approval processes which means that you could get your funds approved and funded faster as well. Large banks with multiple branches will often have a lot of overhead costs which can translate to higher fees.

This is one of many reasons that we let you compare lenders of varying sizes.

Myth 3: Personal loans have very high interest rates.

In recent years, there has been a move away from the one interest rate fits all personal loan model towards more personalised interest rates based on your credit history.

Lenders take into account your credit history, along with other criteria when determining your interest rate and so if you've got a good to excellent credit history, then it's likely that you could be approved for one of the lower interest rate bands available.

Personal loan rates are also generally cheaper than credit card rates, with the current average unsecured personal loan rate in our database at 10.08% p.a. (and the average secured multi-purpose loan sitting at 8.84% p.a.) compared with the average credit card interest rate of 17.09% p.a.

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    6.75% p.a.to 26.95% p.a.
    6.75% p.a.to 26.95% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

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    5.76% p.a.to 24.03% p.a.
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    over 3 years

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    6.57% p.a.to 18.99% p.a.
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* 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.

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