A logbook loan is a loan for anyone that owns a vehicle. The vehicle is used as collateral on the loan and you will be able to borrow money based on the value of the vehicle. It is something which can be useful for anyone needing a bit of extra money. However, borrowing is not a decision that should be taken lightly and therefore you should have a careful think about whether it is the right thing for you.
Risks of a loan
All loans carry risk and so it is worth being aware of these before deciding on any type of loan. You will be aware that there is interest charged on a loan and there may also be fees as well. This means that loans have costs. Although this is not a risk it is something that is easy to forget. It is therefore worth calculating how much the loan will cost you so that you can decide whether you think that the cost is too high or not. Some types of loans will be dearer than others and the cost will also be determined by how much you borrow and for how long. If you compare different loan types you will be able to find the most suitable loan for you and this will reduce the risk. If you then compare lenders and find the one that offers the best value for money you will also reduce the risk of the loan.
The main risks of loans are if you cannot repay the loan. This can happen for all sorts of unpredictable reasons, but there are ways that you can protect against them. By being aware of how much you will be expected to repay each month, you will be able to check and see whether you will be able to afford the loan. If you cannot afford the repayments then you should not be taking out the loan at all. It may be that you will be able to afford them if you change the way you spend money and budget more. This is something that you will need to be committed to though as if you do overspend, then you will be in the situation of not being able to pay. If you miss a repayment you will be likely to have to pay charges or fees, it will be noted on your credit record and there may be other consequences as well.
Risks of a logbook loan
A logbook loan has the same risks as loans generally but there is an additional risk as well. As you will be using your vehicle as collateral, it means that you will risk having that vehicle taken from you if you miss a repayment. If you need your vehicle to get you to work, then you could be in serious trouble if you lose it. It is therefore a very risky thing, to borrow against it as if you miss a repayment you will also be at risk of losing your job. If you do not need your vehicle for work then the risk is lower, but you may still rely on the vehicle for all sorts of things. You may use the car to visit family, go on trips even just to go shopping and it could make a significant difference to your life if you do not have one. You may even find that without a car your feel trapped and restricted and it could have a significant impact on your mental health.
Is it right for you?
You therefore have to balance the risk. Think about how much you need your vehicle as well as the other loan risks and compare that to how much you need the money from the loan. Think about what you will be using the money for and how essential it is. Consider whether there are any other options that you can take. There might be alternative loans that carry less risk or perhaps that are cheaper. You might have savings that you can use. It might be that you will be able to not buy the item at all or delay buying it until you have managed to save up. Obviously, it will very much depend on what you are using the loan for.
Of course, you also need to think about alternatives if you definitely need the money. You may find that other loan options are non-existent or too expensive or they may not offer you enough money. It can be a tricky decision to make and it can be one that might be best discussed with others. You might find that a friend or family member will be able to help you to make the right decision. Even explaining your situation to someone can be helpful to enable you to make a better decision than just thinking about it when you are on your own.