Whether it is to purchase a car, repay an outstanding debt, or finance a vacation or wedding, individuals often take out loans. The current instability of the economy has caused banks to tighten the reigns when it comes to approving personal loans. However, it is not impossible to get one if you approach the situation the following way.
Step 1: Contact your bank. If you have banked with them for a while and are a good customer, this helps when it comes to being approved. If you have a new account, begin building a relationship with the bank employees in advance of when you will need the loan.
Step 2: If you have smaller accounts at other banks, approach those institutions as well. If you are rejected by one, move on to the next.
Step 3: Compare loan terms offered by different banks. If more than one bank offers you a personal loan, compare the terms and try to negotiate. You may like the loan amount offered by one bank but the interest rate from another. Ask the bank offering you a bigger loan if it would be willing to provide you with a lower interest rate. If the bank cannot, it may offer other more favorable terms that cause this loan to be the best option.
Step 4: Bring all of the necessary documents to the application meeting. Having all the paperwork on hand speeds the loan approval process. If you are unsure of what documents the bank requires, call ahead of time and ask.
Step 5: Try, try again. If you continue to receive rejections of your loan applications from different banks, do not get discouraged. Talk to a loan officer at the bank and ask why the application was rejected. Find out how you can increase your chances of being approved.