Small Loans Australia :: Articles

Co-Signing Loans - Risky Business

Co-Signing Loans - Risky Business

There may come a time in your life when you are asked to co-sign for a loan or credit card.
If this is the case, there are several things to consider before making a final decision.
Technically, you are putting yourself at risk of damaging your own credit in the event that the loan goes unpaid.

The vast majority of individuals, seeking a co-signer fully intend to make timely payments. Unfortunately, good intentions are sometimes interrupted by unforeseen problems and situations.

Your Credit Rating

Typically, when you co-sign a loan it makes it more difficult to get credit yourself.

This is because lenders take into consideration the cosigned loan, when figuring out your debt ratio.

Depending on the size of the loan, it could very well put you over your limit.  If you are asked to co-sign a loan with an open line of credit, consider it very carefully before making any decision.

No Control

Farm Equipment Finance and Loans
Looking for the best way to finance your Farm Equipment? Well, look no further! Simply submit our 2-minute business loan enquiry form ... and we'll help get you qualified for the best rate Plant and Equipment loan available from our national panel of independent business finance brokers. We also have access to the best rates and options for Business Cashflow finance for Farmers.

As the cosigner you will have no way of controlling the spending habits of the individual who will be making the purchases.

They could easily tell you they will only be spending $1000 when in reality they spend 10 times that much.

There are certain lenders who will agree to initially freezing a line of credit, if it is requested.

In this case scenario, there is less risk involved. In many cases cosigners are not notified until the loan actually defaults.

This obviously causes a problem, because it may be too late to rectify the situation.

It is wise to ask the lender if you will receive a duplicate statement or be given the ability to check payment status by phone.

If the answer is no, think twice before signing on the dotted line.

Before you Commit

Unfortunately, individuals who require a cosigner either have no credit or bad credit.

Although those with no credit history are probably more apt to make timely payments, there is still no way to be sure.

Individuals with bad credit may be prone to the same habits that resulted in a bad credit rating, in the first place.

When it comes right down to it, cosigning a loan is risky business, no matter how close you are to the borrower.

Before you commit yourself it is important to ask yourself if you can pay when your friend can't.

Debt Stressed?
If you're struggling to pay your debts as well as covering living expenses, we are here to help. Through our national panel of Debt Management specialists, we can help customers with $10k or more in debt by consolidating your existing loans, stopping Debt collectors from contacting you and re-negotiating repayments on your terms!
Free Super Advice
If you're thinking about rolling over or consolidating your super accounts, need investment advice, help setting up or administering a self-managed fund, we can help save you time and money. Our national panel of Superannuation Specialists are standing by, ready for your questions!


Finance Articles

Simple Tips On Getting Your Loan Simple Tips On Getting Your Loan
So, you want to get a loan? Here are some simple tips that might help you make more informed decisions about the type of loan you buy, and from whom. - read more
How Credit Card Balance Transfers Can Damage Your Credit Rating How Credit Card Balance Transfers Can Damage Your Credit Rating
Since the banks and finance providers have been castigated for the way they seemingly indiscriminately awarded credit to people who could ill afford it, the chances of being accepted for loans and credit cards have decreased. Concurrently, there is a greater focus on individual's being aware of how credit works and what their financial behaviors means in terms of a credit score and history. - read more
A Chattel Mortgage for Business Finance - Six rules of evaluation and selection. A Chattel Mortgage for Business Finance - Six rules of evaluation and selection.
A Chattel Mortgage loan is a simple yet effective finance option designed for business plant and equipment purchases. Here are six rules to consider when arranging finance for your business that will ensure you retain full control over the loan process and save money in the process. - read more
Car Leasing Car Leasing
Leasing is an often misunderstood car financing option so, in response to subscriber feedback, we've included this article to help give you a better understanding of what it is and how it works. - read more
When should I use a personal loan? When should I use a personal loan?
Unsecured personal loans can really help in a pinch. If your savings are low and your car breaks down, for example, such a loan can patch up your life. Or maybe you're buying a big-ticket item and you need backup money to cover a short-term hole in your bank account. - read more
Why Payday Lending Enhances Consumer Welfare Why Payday Lending Enhances Consumer Welfare
Today, We’ll defy the critics and demonstrate why consumer welfare is enhanced within a competitive payday-lending environment. - read more
How to freeze the Plastic Debt Dragon in Your Wallet How to freeze the Plastic Debt Dragon in Your Wallet
Are you scared to open your wallet knowing there is a fire snorting dragon lurking in there? You don't need to be afraid of your credit card, you can make it your friend. Here is a plan to choke the dragon and replace it with a friendly furry critter so you can start creating wealth in your life. - read more
Personal Loans And The Consumer Credit Code Personal Loans And The Consumer Credit Code
Understanding your rights as a consumer is essential in dealing with complex issues like personal loans and other finance. Here we reveal, in simple terms, how the Credit Code works for you. - read more
The Truth Behind Payday Loans The Truth Behind Payday Loans
There’s a lot been said about payday loans. Many claim that the interest rates charged are outrageous. Others say that they are the only source of finance available for those with less than perfect credit score. There is a bit of truth in both claims but there is much more to payday loans than meets the eyes. - read more

Finance News

Personal Loans to help Australians in need: FSO
Oct 29 :: As Australia prepares to clean up following devastating fires and floods, Financial Services Online CEO,... read more

Small business loans to help Aussie businesses through tough times
Nov 27 :: Financial Services Online has today announced a new credit facility for Australian business customers... read more

Police issue warning about bank scam
Nov 20 :: Melbourne police are warning people about a scam in which fraudsters pose as bankers and ask for money.They... read more

ANZ nets solid profit despite wealth management
Oct 26 :: ANZ banking group has reported a solid full-year result with net profit attributable to shareholders... read more

Millions lack access to basic financial services
Jun 01 :: Nearly 3 million Australians do not have access to basic financial products such as a credit card, car... read more

Reserve Bank leaves interest rates steady
Apr 04 :: The board of the Reserve Bank of Australia has left interest rates unchanged at 4.25 per cent at its... read more

Big banks not too profitable: RBA
Feb 25 :: The governor of the Reserve Bank says the Australian banking sector is not too profitable.Appearing... read more

Commonwealth Bank changes ads following ASIC concern
Jan 16 :: The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has agreed to change some of its advertised loan comparison... read more

Inflation fall strengthens case for rate cuts
Dec 06 :: A leading unofficial measure of inflation eased last month due to falling food and fuel prices, strengthening... read more


Need Help Finding a Loan?
Find out now if you qualify and compare rates, offers and options from multiple lenders - without a credit check!
All finance quotes are provided free (via our secure server) and without obligation.
We respect your privacy.

Knowledgebase
Guarantor:
A party who agrees to be responsible for the payment of another party's debts should the original party fail to pay or perform according to a contract.


Quick Links: | Small Loans | Student Loans | Finance Australia | Quick Finance | No Credit Check | Payday Loan | $5000 Loans