There are many different lenders and they offer all sorts of different loans. The lender industry is very competitive and there are lots of lenders offering each type of loan. This means that if you are looking for a certain type of loan, then you will have a lot of choice. This is great because it means that you will be able to compare the lenders and see which will offer you the loan which is nearest to what you need. However, it can also be tricky because you will need to think about what it is that you want from the lender and choose between them. You might even think that this is not worth bothering with because they are too similar. However, there are lots of differences between them and it is worth knowing what some of these are so that you can look at these features to help you to pick the best lender to suit your needs.
The main thing that most people will compare when they are looking at different lenders is the cost of the loan. This is a really good idea, because if you want to think about whether you are getting good value or money, you will need to know how much the loan will be costing you. However, many people make a mistake when they are doing this and just compare the interest rates of the loan. This is a problem because with an online loan, the interest rate may be quoted in two ways. You may see the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) which is just the rate of interest. However, you might see the Annual Equivalent Rate (AER) which is a rate that includes fees as well. Therefore, if you try to compare them you will find that the AER will be more expensive percentage wise, but once fees are accounted for it might not necessarily be the cheapest loan. Therefore, you need to make sure that you compare it carefully. It can be easiest to either use the calculator on the website of the lender to work it out or to ask the lender to do it for you. If you find out the cost in monetary terms, then this will help you to more easily compare it.
It is also worth finding out about the fees. Not the fees that everyone pays as they should be included above, but the fees that you will need to pay if you miss a repayment. These can vary a lot and if the costs are similar, then this could be a good way to compare lenders. Do not assume that you will never have to pay these fees and so you can ignore them. You never know what might happen and the difference in cost of these could be really important.
For a lot of people the reputation of the lender is also important. They may want to use one that they have used before, for example, if they had a good experience or avoid one that they did not have a good experience with. It can be trickier if you have not used one before. Therefore, some people might ask others that they know what they think of them or perhaps look at online reviews to find out more. It can be a good idea to look at the lenders website as well to find out a bit more about them. You will then start to see what differences there are between them and it will help you to be able to more easily choose between them.