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Compare Logbook Loans: Bad Credit Direct Lenders

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About: History

Logbook loans sprang to life in the late 90s with the first active lender (Mobile Money) arriving in 1998. The controversial Logbook Loans brand was formed shortly after in 1999. They would go on to become the dominant sector force for many years. This business that was controlled by former footballer Iain Shearer would however eventually crumble. As far back as 2009 it was determined that their credit licence would be revoked. The key issue was fake threatening legal letters being sent out to customers. That company headed for administration, but the brand/site would live on when Hermes Property Services purchased. Hermes later merged with Loans 2 Go in January 2015 that quickly created the clear market leader.

This subprime sector isn’t in great shape these days. There are just over a dozen competing brands and many of these firms don’t achieve competitive Alexa ranks. Logbook lending did look to be in a good place back in 2014 when the FCA valued the industry at £76 million. In this year 52,580 Bill of Sales were recorded, but moving forward these tallies would quickly fall. Many firms also had networks of localised outlets to speed up the process, but these days they simply send reps your way. It isn’t clear why public demand has dropped off. We’d hazard a guess that expensive costs and poor media press have been major contributors.

About: Niche

This type of loan is secured against a vehicle’s logbook. This is your V5C document that was previously called V5. Agreements are placed on various vehicles such as caravans, motorbikes, vans etc, but most commonly on cars. A Bill of Sale is signed alongside a credit agreement. The V5C is handed over during the contract and if there is any repayment issues then the legal right for repossession is granted. Due to the law, in Scotland this type of contract would switch to hire purchase. Logbook loans for older cars are available, but a 10 year limit is common. You’ll need a fully insured motor free (or nearly clear) of finance that is also MOT’d and taxed.

It is important not to get mislead by the giant promoted loan sums of say £50,000. Whilst said figure would be possible, each lender is actually lending a percentage of your car’s current trade value. This percentage tends to float between 50% and 70%. The most intriguing feature of V5C lending is that very poor credit is always considered. For many years no credit checks were widely advertised. Most circumstances are considered so long as affordability can be demonstrated. Self-employed workers for instance make up a sizeable percentage of customers (as their only choice). Acceptance rates may be high, but market pricing is very high and this shouldn’t be the case for secured contracts.

Compare Logbook Loans: Bad Credit Direct Lenders (Alexa Ranked)

Top Ranked

Brand + Alexa Rank
1) Loans 2 Go | #1,536,413

Loans 2 Go Loans

/£1000 Price (12m & 18m)
£1320 & £1980

Borrow
£550 to £50,000
Choices
12m to 36m
Opening Hours
Mon/Fri (8am-8pm), Sat (9am-5pm)
Vehicle Limit & Notes
All ages accepted. Existing times differ
Brand + Alexa Rank
2) Varooma | #3,803,599

Varooma Loans

/£1000 Price (12m & 18m)
£700.04 & £1050.02

Borrow
£500 to £50,000
Choices
12m to 36m
Opening Hours
Mon/Fri (8am-8pm), Sat (8am-4pm)
Vehicle Limit
All ages accepted
Brand + Alexa Rank
3) Auto Advance | #6,052,882

Auto Advance Loans

/£1000 Price (12m & 18m)
£960.08 & £1440.12

Borrow
£500 to £25,000
Choices
6m to 36m
Opening Hours
Mon/Thu (8.30am-6.30pm), Fri (8.30am-5.30pm), Sat (8.30am-4.30pm)
Vehicle Limit & Notes
Below 10 years (exc). Has 8 stores
Brand + Alexa Rank
4) Mobile Money | #6,385,305

Mobile Money Loans

/£1000 Price (12m & 18m)
❌ & £1093.58

Borrow
£500 to £25,000
Choices
18m to 48m
Opening Hours
Mon/Fri (8am-8pm), Sat (8am-4pm)
Vehicle Limit
Below 10 years (exc)
Brand + Alexa Rank
5) Logbook Loans | #8,282,928

Logbook Loans

/£1000 Price (12m & 18m)
£1320 & £1980

Borrow
£550 to £50,000
Choices
12m to 36m
Opening Hours
Mon/Fri (8am-8pm), Sat (8am-5pm)
Vehicle Limit
All ages accepted
Brand + Alexa Rank
6) Maxcroft | #9,927,973

Maxcroft Loans

/£1000 Price (12m & 18m)
£840 & £1260

Borrow
£500 to £5000
Choices
6m to 24m
Opening Hours
Mon/Fri (9am-6pm), Sat (9am-5pm)
Vehicle Limit & Notes
All ages accepted. Essex completion required

Unranked (Alphabetically Sorted)

Brand
7-14) Car Cash Point

Car Cash Point Loans

/£1000 Price (12m & 18m)
£960 & £1440

Borrow
£500 to £50,000
Choices
12m to 60m
Opening Hours
Mon/Sat (8am-8pm)
Vehicle Limit
Below 10 years
Brand
7-14) Easy Logbook Loans

Easy Logbook Loans

/£1000 Price (12m & 18m)
£839.96 & £1260.08

Borrow
£750 to £5000
Choices
12m to 36m
Opening Hours
Not disclosed
Vehicle Limit & Notes
Below 10 years (exc). Required age (21+)
Brand
7-14) LogbookLoans247

LogbookLoans247 Loans

/£1000 Price (12m & 18m)
£960 & £1440

Borrow
£500 to £50,000
Choices
12m to 36m
Opening Hours
Not disclosed
Vehicle Limit
Below 9 years (exc)
Brand
7-14) Logbook Loans NI

Logbook Loans NI Loans

/£1000 Price (12m & 18m)
£960 & £1440

Borrow
£500 to £50,000
Choices
12m to 36m
Opening Hours
Mon/Thu (8am-8pm), Fri (8am-6pm), Sat (9am-5pm)
Vehicle Limit & Notes
Below 10 years (exc). NI residents only
Brand
7-14) Logbook Money

Logbook Money Loans

/£1000 Price (12m & 18m)
❌ & £1800

Borrow
£300 to £10,000
Choices
18m to 48m
Opening Hours
Mon/Thu (9am-7pm), Fri (9am-6pm), Sat (9am-2pm)
Vehicle Limit
All ages accepted
Brand
7-14) MotorKitty

MotorKitty Loans

/£1000 Price (12m & 18m)
£200 to £750 & £300 to £1125

Borrow
£500 to £5000
Choices
3m to 24m
Opening Hours
Mon/Fri (8am-8pm), Sat (8am-6pm)
Vehicle Limit
Below 10 years
Brand
7-14) V5 Loans

V5 Loans

/£1000 Price (12m & 18m)
£640.60 & £960.90

Borrow
£300 to £20,000
Choices
12m to 24m
Opening Hours
Not disclosed
Vehicle Limit
2003 onwards
Brand
7-14) V5 Solutions

V5 Solutions Loans

/£1000 Price (12m & 18m)
❌ & £1800

Borrow
£300 to £50,000
Choices
18m to 48m
Opening Hours
Mon/Sat (9am-5.30pm)
Vehicle Limit
Below 10 years (exc)
END OF LISTINGS

Notes…

Alexa.com: Comparison listings are sorted by global traffic rankings. Those unranked are sorted alphabetically.

Amounts: Borrowing amounts displayed are complete ranges (across every term available).

Closures: AutoPawn, Gissaloan, MotoLoan & RocketCash. More recent: Cash Logbook Loans. Now brokering only: AutoMoney.

Examples: £1000 costs have been compared over both 12 and 18 months. The latter is due to select lenders starting terms from 18m.

Pricing: Costs were taken directly from lender sites as printed. Some firms appear to round off figures whilst others don’t and so exact costs may be out by a few pence here and there. Some companies also have separate prestige products. This is specific to high-end motors and so would only make up a micro area of this market. With standard products, it is high-end cars that would be seen as exceptions on required ages (this is why (exc) is noted above).

Cheapest Logbook Loan Prices 2019 (12 Months /£1000)

Best Prime Deal

1) MotorKitty (A-Tier): £200

Subprime

1) V5 Loans: £640.60

2) Varooma: £700.04

3) MotorKitty: £750

4) Easy Logbook Loans: £839.96

5) Maxcroft: £840

Top Reviews 2019

Feefo.com (5* Percentage + Exact 5* Counts)

1) Loans 2 Go: 74.8% (1821/2436)

2-3) No listings

Reviews.co.uk

No listings

Trustpilot.com (Percentage + Rounded Counts)

1) Varooma: 96% (4470+)

2) V5 Solutions: 96% (250+)

3) Car Cash Point: 94% (2680+)

Recommended

MotorKitty Loans

Prime: MotorKitty

MotorKitty is the newest lender to arrive in this niche back in 2016. The founder was Damon Hirschl after he left the successful Varooma venture that he also founded. Kitty got off to a great start on the traffic front, but this didn’t last long and as it stands their site is now unranked on Alexa.com that is a sign that they are struggling. There is no doubt that their promoted prices are impressive. They offer a variable range based on your score. This range for £1000 per year is £200 (excellent) up to £750 (very poor). Paying £200 is great value whilst £750 itself is the 3rd cheapest subprime deal and so they are competitive.

Varooma Loans

Subprime: Varooma

For the main recommendation, the 2 bad credit lenders that stand out are Loans 2 Go and Varooma. These are considered as the most established sector brands with good market feedback notched up between them (L2Go has almost 2500 reviews on Feefo with 74.8% 5 star ratings, whilst Varooma’s Trustpilot score comes in at 96% from almost 4500 reviews). These companies importantly don’t impose limits on your car’s age. The decision between the pair was simply made on pricing. For £1000 you’d pay £700.04 with Varooma whilst L2Go would ask for £1320 and so Varooma is the logical choice. If you’re score is fair then it would of course make sense to firstly try MotorKitty for an improved deal.

Last Update: February 23rd, 2020