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Finance for bad credit

How to get access to finance without your credit history holding you back.

Getting access to finance from traditional banks and lenders is difficult without good credit. However, bad credit doesn't cut off your access to finance. Alternative finance providers offer loans of up to $5,000 or even $10,000 that you can apply for even if you have black marks on your credit file.

This guide will take you through what you need to know to submit your application.

Sunshine Short Term Offer

Sunshine Short Term Offer

  • Bad credit applicants considered
  • Fast approval service
  • Borrow up to $2,000
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Sunshine Short Term Offer

A short term loan with a fast and easy application available to those with good or bad credit. You can apply today and get approved for up to $2,000.

  • Loan amount: $2,000
  • Loan term: 9-15 weeks
  • Turnaround time: 30 minutes (conditions apply)
  • Fees: 20% of borrowed amount + 4% of borrowed amount each month
  • Income requirement: 50%+ of income cannot be from Centrelink
  • Bad credit borrowers OK
  • Quick and easy Approval
  • No Credit Checks
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Compare a range of finance options for bad credit

Rates last updated June 19th, 2018
Name Product Max. Loan Amount Term of Loan Turnaround Time Costs Fortnightly Repayment $1,500 Product Description
Sunshine Short Term Loans
9-15 weeks
30 Minutes - conditions apply
20% of loan amount + 4% of loan amount each month
Apply online with Sunshine Loans and you could borrow up to $2,000 paid directly into your account. Note: Centrelink must not be your primary source of income.
Nimble Short Term Loan
62 days to 1 year
1 hour - conditions apply*
20% of loan amount + 4% of loan amount each month
Apply for up to $2,000 and have 62 days to 1 year to repay. Note: Centrelink must not be your primary source of income.
Credit24 Short Term Loan
6-12 months
Same day
20% of loan amount establishment fee + 4% of loan amount monthly.
A loan with a quick turnaround time and generous loan term. To be eligible, Centrelink must not be 50% or more of your income.

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How do I know if I have bad credit?

Generally, if you have any black marks on your credit file (defaults, bankruptcies, etc.) you can assume that you have some degree of "bad credit". However, as the degree of "bad credit" does vary between people, one of the easiest way to check if you have bad credit is by checking your credit report and credit score, which you can do for free with finder.

When you check your credit report you should look out for bad credit listings such as defaults, bankruptcies, late payments and excessive credit enquiries. Your credit score will also give you a good indication of where you sit. The credit score you receive from finder is from Experian and will be a number between 0 and 1,000. You can see a breakdown of the credit score ranges below from both Experian and Equifax – the lower your credit score, the more likely it is that you have bad credit.

Credit bandExperianEquifax
Very good700-799726-832
Fair / Average550-624510-621
Weak / Below average0-5490-509

How does finance for bad credit work?

These loans work in a similar way to standard personal loans, except with different fee and interest rate structures. These loans are more expensive because the lenders need to offset the risk of lending to those with adverse credit histories.

When you apply your credit history may or may not be checked (this will be disclosed by the lender beforehand), but bad credit will not disqualify you from borrowing.

What will the loan cost?

The costs differ depending on how much you are applying for:

For loans under $2,000 with terms of between 16 days and 1 year:

  • 20% establishment fee
  • 4% monthly fee

For loans between $2,001 and $5,000 with terms of between 16 days and 2 years:

  • A one-off fee of $400
  • A maximum annual interest rate of 48% including all other fees and charges

For loans of more than $5,000 or with terms longer than 2 years:

  • Fees and charges must not be more than 48% p.a. (including any establishment or fixed fees)

What should I consider before applying?

Things to consider comparing with bad credit loans

  • The loan term. Check how long you'll have to repay the amount you need to borrow and if this will make your ongoing repayments affordable.
  • The costs. How much will you be charged? Is it in line with what you can afford?
  • The penalties for default or missed repayments? As with most loans, there are penalties associated with missing repayments. Find out what these are before you apply.

The benefits and drawbacks to consider

  • A range of lenders available. There is a range of loans available so you can compare and find the right and most competitive one for you.
  • Fast application process. Most lenders offer a one-day turnaround.
  • Set fees. You’ll know exactly how much you need to pay each week when you apply for a bad credit loan and most allow early repayment without penalty.
  • Higher fees and rates. Bad credit loans are considered high-risk so lenders charge significantly higher rates.
  • Disreputable lenders. It is important to be careful in applying for a bad credit loan. There are lenders out there who prey on individuals with bad credit.

How do I apply for bad credit finance?

If you think bad credit finance is for you, then take a look at the comparison table on this page for more details. Generally, applying for a bad credit loan involves submitting an application online which takes about ten minutes to complete.

Bad credit lenders typically respond quickly to online applications. The turnaround time is usually within 24 hours or the next business day.

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