How to Pay for Large Expenses – Wells Fargo

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How to Pay for Large Expenses

Understand your options to pay for large expenses

Paying for an unexpected large expense video

Paying for an unexpected large expense video

Maybe you have a big move coming up, or your furnace is on the fritz. If you’re wondering where you’ll get the funds you need to cover an unexpected large expense, we have some options.
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Knowing which type of credit to use for each expense in your life is important to reaching your goals.

Compare secured vs. unsecured loans

With secured credit, the borrower pledges an asset –– like a car, CD, or savings account –– as collateral for the loan. If the borrower defaults, the creditor can take possession of the asset used as collateral to regain the amount they loaned to the borrower. With unsecured credit, there is no collateral required for the amount borrowed or financed.

Secured loans

  • These loans require collateral –– an asset such as a CD or savings account.
  • The approval, loan amount, rate, and term are determined by the value of the collateral, your available equity, your credit history and credit score – as well as your debt-to-income ratio and other factors determined by the lender. If the loan is secured by a CD or savings account, a strong credit history may not be required.
  • Secured loans may offer lower interest rates, higher spending limits, and longer repayment terms. Keep in mind, the assets used to secure the loan are at risk if you don’t repay the loan as agreed.

Unsecured loans

  • These loans don’t require any collateral or security.
  • The approval, loan amount, rate, and term are based on the strength of your credit history and credit score — as well as your debt-to-income ratio, and other factors determined by the lender.
  • Unsecured loans usually have higher interest rates, lower spending limits, and shorter repayment terms than secured credit because there’s no collateral required.

Compare your options for funding large expenses

Loans

Wells Fargo offers a variety of fixed-rate loans to fund large, one-time expenses:

Product
Amount
Type
Rate and Term
Annual/Origination Fee/ Product Details
Personal Loan $3,000 - $100,000
Unsecured
A fixed rate and term of 12 to 84 months
None
CD/Savings Secured Loan $3,000 - $250,000
Secured by your CD or savings
A fixed rate and term of 12 to 120 months based on the loan amount
$75 origination fee
Auto Loan $5,000 - $100,000
Secured by your vehicle
A fixed rate and term of 12 to 72 months
$99 origination fee
Private Student Loans Varies based on product
Unsecured
Fixed or variable rates available; and term varies by product

Rate and payment examples
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