It isn’t just losing the benefits of such an arrangement which can be costly. In addition to this, missing a repayment can have tremendously adverse effects on a credit rating, which can make life very difficult.
Will Becker is the founder and CEO of Totally Money and he has pontificated at length on the subject. He has quoted as saying: “It’s great to see the credit card market rife with competitive new deals for consumers. Barclaycard’s new 30 month Platinum 0% balance transfer deal is the longest we’ve ever seen and can save people with the average balance transfer of £2,167 an incredible £715 in interest over the term. However, consumers must ensure they make at least the minimum repayment on time every month or they risk being forced to pay the purchase APR on their balance which is on average around 18%. This is the case with the majority of balance transfer deals.”
Mr Becker, went on to comment that consumers are facing constant rising costs in all areas of their lives including: fuel, energy prices and food, reducing their costs with things such as credit is more important than ever. This new deal set by Barclays is one that offers the biggest interest in saving that has ever been available in the UK and can even save a massive £715.
As these deals are getting more and more competitive, there has rarely been a better time to be a consumer in this particular market.