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Online Payday Loans: What They Are And How To Get Them

Apr 10, 2008
Online payday loans are exactly what it says on the tin. They are loans that you can get till next payday, and you can apply for them online. People who seek them generally have a pressing and urgent financial need that has to be met immediately, and that cannot wait until next payday.

Such loans are taken to meet a sudden and unexpected expense, such as an urgent car repair for somebody that relies on their car for their work, or a serious family illness or crisis that calls for unplanned long distance travel. You do not immediately have the finances to cover the costs, and don't have the time to wait until payday. What do you do?

The answer could be an online payday loan, and while the APR (annual percentage rate) for such loans is high, you only have it for less than a month after which it is paid in full in a single payment. Because it is a special type of loan, there are specialist companies that offer them, and also many cowboys that will take advantage of your need if you are not careful.

So what are the pitfalls of such loans? Not many if you keep to the agreement, although it is that which could be your downfall. If you fail to repay a payday loan then the penalties can be severe. To understand them you have to understand the initial charges. The fee for such a loan could be as much as $100 on a $400 loan, which means that if you pay it in a month, the APR is 300%.

That might sound a lot, but if you are desperate for money, and can easily pay back the $125 on payday, then to you it would be a good deal. You get out of a hole and the lender makes a profit - just what lending and borrowing is all about. If $400 doesn't seem much, it is not far off the maximum that most payday loan companies offer, and that sum is not always limited by the lending company.

Most states have a maximum lending amount for small loans, such as Alabama where it is $500, and also a maximum fee for the loan, such as the 15.5% of the same state. The fee is hardly an interest rate due to the short term of the loan, and some states such as Utah have limits neither on the amount of the loan nor what can be charged for it. D.C. lenders charge 5% on amounts up to $250, although there are some lenders that charge no fee for first-time loans of up to $200.

What if you fail to pay at the allocated time? An online payday loan is not like a normal loan, with set monthly payments to be made over a number of years. With these loans you make one single payment at the agreed date and pay off the complete loan. It is not, then, a simple matter of making a double payment next month plus a bit extra for charges, since the loans are not calculated on normal interest rates. What actually happens is more severe than just a simple charge.

If you borrowed $10,000 then a charge of 50 for a late payment would not seem much in relation to the original sum borrowed: only 0.5% of the total amount borrowed, and although you wouldn't like it you might not shout too loud. However, it costs just as much to administer a missed payment on a $10K loan as on a $200, and if you were charged the same $50, that would be an extra 25%. Sounds a lot? It is, but when you consider that your loan is till next payday, or one month, then that amounts to an equivalent APR of 300%!

This extra fee is what is called 'rollover', and each month you miss then another rollover is applied until you can owe more than twice what you borrowed in a very quick period of time. It doesn't matter if pay 'something'. A full rollover is applied because the agreement you made was to make payment in full. It is a 'payday' loan, to be paid at your next payday, not a regular term loan.

So, while online payday loans can be the answer to a prayer if you are in urgent financial need, you must make the repayment as agreed. Don't over-borrow, and make sure that the loan is paid first from your wages before any anything else. If you do that then you will be fine, and the online payday loan will work as intended, but if you don't . . .
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You can find more information about payday loans at Online Payday Loans together with advice on how to get them and from whom to get them with the most appropriate terms for you.
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