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Buy now, pay later (BNPL) is a popular method for purchasing products online. It can help you spread the price of costly items across a few weeks or months – making smaller monthly repayments rather than paying the full price in one go.
However, it is a form of credit so it’s important to know all the details before you agree to anything.
The buy now, pay later model can help you spread the cost of an item over a few weeks or even a few months.
It usually follows a three-step process:
By splitting up the total amount due, you can spread out the cost of an item over a few weeks, months, or even a year. You can often pay back the total price in monthly instalments, paying a portion of the overall cost each time.
Some buy now, pay later arrangements don’t include any interest for the first 12 months. So, if your agreement is for less than a year, or you pay back your loan in that time, you can avoid any extra interest costs. However, you may have to pay interest charges and fees after that.
Make sure you read the terms of your agreement before purchasing your item to find out how much you’ll owe. You can set up a Direct Debit to pay your instalment on the same day each month. That way, you know exactly how much is going to leave your bank account, and when.
This form of borrowing can be a good way to spread the cost of items. However, it’s only a good idea if you were going to get the item anyway and you can afford it in future.
For example, buy now, pay later might help spread the cost of a new TV over the course of a few months. Or it could be a good way to buy essential purchases now, knowing that you’ll be able to pay back the loan in a few weeks’ time – such as a birthday present that’s needed just before payday.
You should only borrow money if you can be certain that you can make the monthly repayments. It might not be a good idea if:
If you miss any payments, you could face extra charges and it could affect your credit score. Adverse effects to your credit score could impact what you can borrow in the future.
You may also want to think about other options before making a buy now, pay later purchase, such as:
When you agree to a buy, now pay later purchase, you are borrowing money from a lender. As with other forms of credit, if you fail to make payments, you could face charges, or it could impact your credit score.
Currently, BNPL isn’t regulated, which means it hasn’t been mandatory for lenders to report BNPL to the credit reference agencies. But this has started to shift with the government’s announcement that regulation of BNPL is being introduced, and more accounts are showing up on credit reports.
So, it’s best to stick to your monthly repayments and keep track of how much credit you’re using.
It’s also good practice to read the terms and conditions of your agreement before accepting and check whether the lender performs a full credit check as part of your application.
A full or hard credit check on your credit file is a report requested by a lender to help them decide whether you’d be suitable to lend money to. A lender will look at a range of criteria to decide how likely you are to pay your money back.
Having too many full credit searches over a short time could lower your credit score, making it harder to borrow money in the future.
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