A debt consolidation loan is a fixed term, fixed interest rate, Secured or Unsecured loan used to consolidate multiple loans or credit and store cards into one fixed manageable loan repayment.
What you will learn in this Debt Consolidation Guide:
A debt consolidation loan is a personal loan used to combine multiple loans, credit cards or store cards and bills; you borrow an amount of money and Pioneer Finance will use the money to repay the debts being consolidated. You then repay the loan amount – plus interest and fees over a fixed term. Repayments can be calculated weekly, fortnightly or monthly to suit your regular income.
Often consumers have lots of small loans, credit cards or store cards as the purchases these products were used to buy were made at different times during the year. They all come with varying interest rates and fees and on their own the repayments seem small but when you add them together you can be paying large amounts of fees and interest. A couple of examples are below:
Matthew has a large loan some Credit cards and Store cards which he has consolidated into one easy loan as follows:
|Loans||Current Balance||Existing Monthly repayments|
|Credit Card 1||$1,994.38||$130.00|
|Credit Card 2||$1,008.86||$130.00|
|Store Card 1||$4,037.25||$130.00|
After consolidating these debts Matthew now has a monthly repayment of $1,193.53 which is a monthly saving of $691.46 and will have his debt paid off in 7 years.
Matthew is smart as he was comfortable paying $1700 a month on his loan rather than the minimum payment which now reduces the term of his loan to 4 years.
Eric and Simone have a few credit cards and store cards that they have been paying the minimum payment for a while now and the balance doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. The debts have been consolidated as below:
|Credit & Store Cards||Interest rate||Balance||Monthly payment|
|Credit Card 1||25.99%||$5,532.00||$276.60|
|Credit Card 2||20.95%||$1,607.00||$80.35|
|Credit Card 3||19.99%||$6,000.00||$300.00|
|Store Card 1||29.95%||$3,000.00||$150.00|
|Store Card 2||25.99%||$2,000.00||$100.00|
After completing a Debt Consolidation loan at an interest rate of 18.95% they now have a monthly repayment of $577.73 which is a monthly saving of $329.22 and are happy knowing these debts will be paid off in 4 years.
Sometimes you won’t benefit from consolidating all of you debt and you are better of leaving it where it is, like interest free loans these are not costing you any interest. Other examples are you might have a lower interest rate or you don’t have long to go before the loan is paid.
We can use the following securities:
For some applicants we may be able to help you with an unsecured loan.
The loan terms we are able to offer depend on the security offered. Below is a table detailing the terms we can offer:
|Motor Vehicles less than 10 years old||4 Years|
|Motor vehicles older than 10 years||3 Years|
|Motor vehicles older than 18 years||2 Years|
|Boats & Jetskis||3 Years|
You can apply for a debt consolidation loan with Pioneer Finance if you are:
You do need to show that you have the affordability for the loan and that you are who you say you are. You can do this by providing the following:
Depending on the security offered for the loan we may require further information such as rates notice, mortgage statement’s or proof of purchase.
Depending on the security offered we will do checks with the following registers:
Don’t worry if your credit check has a couple of bumps and bruises we may still be able to help you.
Debt consolidation loans will have various fees attached, which may include:
Some of these fees will be charged to the loan upfront or are calculated in your weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments. Other fees can be charged at the end of the loan term such as early settlement fees or if you used your property as security a caveat removal fee can be charged.
For more details on our fees and charges go to our Interest rates and fees page in the important information section.
When getting a Debt Consolidation loan it is important to look at all of the costs and fees and often using security for your loan can reduce the interest rate offered. Secured loans may take a little longer to process but are of lower risk to the lender and can reduce your overall cost.
In summary, debt consolidation loans with Pioneer Finance:
If you are over the age of 18 (up to the age of 21 you may require a guarantor), a permanent resident of New Zealand, earn a regular income, and can demonstrate the ability to repay the loan, you may qualify for a debt consolidation loan.
We offer loans from $1,000 to $100,000 on a debt consolidation loan in New Zealand. The amount we lend does depend on the security offered for the loan. The more security offered the better chance we will be able to lend the amount you require. We will also need to check your affordability and credit profile.
Yes. Your credit history may not be as bad as you think. Let us do the background work and we’ll take it from there. You do need to show us that you can afford to pay the debt consolidation loan, and you will need security, and may need a guarantor.
Approval time depends on some variables:
In saying that we do endeavour to give a same day answer on all applications received.
Yes, you can make extra repayments; or you can increase your minimum repayment to help pay your loan off earlier. We do charge a small early settlement fee of $75.
Applying at multiple finance companies will no longer affect your credit rating in New Zealand. Since October 1st 2019 every credit check done by a finance company is listed as a quote with Equifax, Centrix or Illion and will only affect your credit rating should you accept the loan offer.