Loan Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who can apply?

Any member over the age of 18 may apply for a loan.

Can I join and apply online today?

You can complete the application form, to join and take out a loan today. Our staff will be in touch to complete your membership. If you would rather join at one of our branches, please see our opening times.

How long does the loan application process take?

A final loan decision is typically made within three to five working days. If you have not completed the form in full, or we require further information to support your application it may take longer.

What is the current APR?

Interest is charged monthly on a reducing balance ranging between 0.5% - 3% per month. This equates to between 6.2%APR - 42.6% APR. However as the interest is charged on a reducing balance the amount of interest you pay is generally less than the APR equivalent.

Will my repayments be deducted at source from my pay?

This is one method of repayment and a good way of budgeting your salary. You can chose to have a deduction to your wages or your full wages paid into us. Loans repaid by Payroll deduction may be eligible for a lower rate of interest.

How much do I need to have in savings before I can apply for a loan?

You need to have a minimum of £1.00 in your account at all times. There is no requirement to have any additional savings in your account before you apply for a loan, however a regular savings history shows your affordability and intention to repay a loan.

Can I make a joint application?

Yes, we accept Joint loan applications. Both applicants would need to be members of Wyvern Savings and Loans. You will both be liable for repayment of the loan.

Are my personal details safe/secure?

Yes. We will treat all personal (or other) information from you with the utmost respect and where appropriate, in accordance with data protection legislation, including the Data Protection Act 1998.

Do I have to apply online?

You may apply online, or you can complete a paper application form. Applications can be submitted at any of our branches or through the post as well as using our online application form.

How will I know if my loan application has been approved?

We will contact you once a decision has been made, this will usually be within 3 to 5 working days.

Do I have to pay my loan off in full before I can apply for a further loan?

No, you can apply whilst you have an outstanding loan balance. It is advised that you make payments for at least 3 months on your current loan before applying for further funds, but we do recognise that emergencies arise.

I think I can get a lower APR on the high street. Why is that?

It is likely that the APR quoted on the high street is for a high value loan. Check that the interest rate would apply to the value you wish to borrow.

You should also check the monthly repayments, loans on the high street often have interest applied at the start of the loan term, and have fixed repayment terms. Wyvern Savings and Loans apply interest on a reducing balance, so the total amount repaid is often less, and there are no charges for repaying quicker.

Do you perform a credit check?

Yes, all our loans are subject to credit checks.

My credit history is not particularly good. Will this affect my application?

If you have poor credit we can still offer a loan. There are restrictions which will be applied if you are under a debt management plan or an arrangement, or if you have an outstanding County Court Judgement. Please get in touch with our loans team if you have worries about your credit report.

If you are not sure what your credit report may show, you can get a credit report for yourself. We recommend where you can register for free to see your Credit report.

Are there any penalties for paying my loan off early?

No, there are no early repayment charges.

If I pay off a lump sum, will my repayments be reduced?

We would expect your repayments to remain at the agreed rate unless we agree to reschedule your loan. By paying a lump sum you would reduce the total interested paid and the length of the loan.

Can I access my savings whilst my loan is running?

You may be required to move some savings into an Attached Share Account to be held as security against the loan. During the term of the loan you will be encouraged to save.

Does it matter what I want to borrow the money for?

No, we will lend for any purpose. However the purpose of the loan may influence the term in which the loan is granted.

May I borrow to pay off other debts?

We will consider loans for debt consolidation, however we will take into consideration the interest rates on your current debts, and whether there is a better solution for you.

What happens to my loan in the event of my death?

Loans are covered by life cover at no extra cost up to age 70 (conditions apply). In the event of a claim, loans are paid off without further liability.

What is the maximum I may borrow?

The maximum Wyvern Savings and Loans can lend is £7,500 above your savings.

When the loan and the savings reach an equal amount, will the loan be paid off automatically?

No, your repayments will continue as agreed. If you wish to repay from your savings you must contact the office.

What is the maximum/minimum loan term?

Typically loans are repaid within two years, however we can extend this to three years. Guaranteed loans can be repaid over seven years

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