Beware of Expensive Premiums for Payment Protection Insurance

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Research from Personal Finance reveals that consumers could be paying an additional 38% in PPI on top of initial loan repayments.

Consumers opting for one of the best loan rates currently available could be paying over £4,400 in Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) on top of their personal loan repayments.

The research from independent comparison and switching service Personal Finance reveals that the cost of PPI among the top 15 personal loan rates varies considerably from Cahoot’s £1,205 (or 10% additional cost on top of repayments) to the Bank of Scotland’s £4,424 (38% on top of repayments).

15 Best Buy Personal Loans - ranked by Typical APR

Loan Product    Typical APR    Total Cost without PPI    Total Cost with PPI    Cost of PPI    Additional Cost % (over initial repayments)

Northern Rock Fixed Personal Loan    5.6%    Â£11,450    Â£14,276    Â£2,826    24.7%

Cahoot Fixed Personal Loan    5.7%    Â£11,476    Â£12,681    Â£1,205    10.5%

Abbeyloan (Internet Only)    5.8%    Â£11,503    Â£13,146    Â£1,643    14.3%

Alliance & Leicester Fixed Personal Loan Internet    5.8%    Â£11,503    Â£13,512    Â£2,010    17.5%

Lombard Direct Fixed Personal Loan (internet only)    5.9%    Â£11,529    Â£14,360    Â£2,831    24.6%

Liverpool Victoria LV Personal Loan (Internet)    6.0%    Â£11,555    Â£13,242    Â£1,686    14.6%

Smile Fixed Personal Loan    6.0%    Â£11,555    Â£14,408    Â£2,853    24.7%

Direct Line Fixed Personal Loan Internet    6.0%    Â£11,555    Â£14,401    Â£2,845    24.6%

AA Fixed Personal Loan (Internet Only)    6.1%    Â£11,582    Â£15,172    Â£3,590    31.0%

Bank of Scotland Personal Loan    6.1%    Â£11,582    Â£16,006    Â£4,424    38.2%

Co-operative Bank Personal Loan (Internet)    6.1%    Â£11,582    Â£14,441    Â£2,860    24.7%

British Gas Fixed Personal Loan (Internet Only)    6.2%    Â£11,608    Â£15,207    Â£3,599    31.0%

Marks & Spencer Personal Loan (Internet)    6.2%    Â£11,608    Â£13,623    Â£2,015    17.4%

Marbles Fixed Personal Loan    6.3%    Â£11,635    Â£13,729    Â£2,094    18.0%

Tesco Fixed Personal Loan Online    6.4%    Â£11,661    Â£13,538    Â£1,877    16.1%

Data provided by Personal Loan Calculator. Correct as of 7 October 2004

Note: comparison based on: £10,000 Unsecured Personal Loan, 5 year repayment period, 15 Loans by Typical APR.

Paul Schofield, Head of Personal Finance at comments: “The main issue surrounding payment protection insurance is that it is an expensive product which can often send a market-leading loan tumbling to the bottom of the rate table. There is an enormous disparity between the PPI offered by different lenders, charges are presented in an ambiguous way and customers often feel under pressure to purchase PPI direct from their loan provider without realising the alternatives. is a free, impartial online and phone-based comparison service which helps consumers compare prices on gas, electricity, home telephone, digital television, credit cards and loans. Our aim is to help customers take advantage of the best tariffs and services on offer from every supplier. The company has developed a set of proprietary calculators that evaluate a number of factors to advise customers on the best deal to suit their individual needs.

The service is also available via telephone, fax and post. Consumers can call on 0800 093 06 07, fax 020 7233 5933 or write to Customer Services,, 10th Floor, Portland House, Stag Place, London, SW1E 5BH. is not a supplier but acts as an independent advisor, giving customers an impartial view of what’s on offer. Unlike traditional brokers, it compares prices from all suppliers, not just those it has a commercial relationship with. The service is based on the most up-to-date information provided by the supplier companies and industry regulators.

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