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M&S Bank - Marks and Spencer Personal Loan Reviews

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17th May 2019

Absolute time wasters

Applied for a loan, had a call to request more additional information such as payslips, tax return(self employed) before application could be processed.Dragged on for 2 weeks then decided to tell me as I had only been self employed for 9 months they...

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Applied for a loan, had a call to request more additional information such as payslips, tax return(self employed) before application could be processed.Dragged on for 2 weeks then decided to tell me as I had only been self employed for 9 months they couldn’t give me a loan as it is ‘company policy’ to reject loans for people who have been self employed for less than 12 months.Would have happily accepted the explanation had they told me upfront and not strung me along for 2 weeks.Poor customer service.Avoid at all costs

24th April 2019

Misleading and poor customer service

I wanted a debt consolidation loan for 2 credit cards to reduce the monthly interest I was...

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I wanted a debt consolidation loan for 2 credit cards to reduce the monthly interest I was paying.
I did an online search a came across M&S loans who were advertising loans at 2.9%.
I applied for a loan (having an Experian credit score of 999), went through the application process and supplied all the required information accurately.
The next day I received confirmation that I had been accepted for the loan at 6.9% and just needed to call up to confirm I wanted to proceed.
Although this was higher than the advertised interest rate it was still lower than what I was paying on my credit cards so decided to accept.
On that call I was asked to provide 2x payslips which I did. They stated they would call me back to confirm the slips were acceptable and confirm the loan was in place.
Having waited several hours for a call back which never materialized I called M&S again.
On this call I was told that I had been refused the loan because I had a high balance on 2x credit cards!
I explained that the whole reason for applying for the loan was to clear the credit card balances and pay less interest (which I also stated on my original application).
The woman on the phone would not listen and it got to a point where she was plain rude and told me that the decision was final.
Disgusting customer service.
Why tell someone they have been accepted for a loan to then pull the rug from under their feet 2 days later?
All the information I provided was 100% accurate and I was able to back that up with evidence when it was asked for.
I would avoid M&S loans like the plague, with customer service like this it's no wonder they are a struggling brand.

12th April 2019

Really bad customer service

Applied for loan, met all their criteria. Received initial email that said I would have a decision within 5 days. Then nothing, no request for information. On the last day as it was getting close to them closing so I called to see if the application...

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Applied for loan, met all their criteria. Received initial email that said I would have a decision within 5 days. Then nothing, no request for information. On the last day as it was getting close to them closing so I called to see if the application was being dealt with, I waited ages to get through to be told that there was a request sat on the system for more information and that no-one had picked it up in order to send an email out to me. They said they would send the email out immediately and if I got the information to them I could call back in 15 minutes for a decision. I was told at this stage that my high credit rate had secured their lowest lending rate 2.9% and that I just had to send proof of self employment and bank statements. Received email and it clearly stated that I needed to send proof of self employment by means of SA302 form or business bank statement showing name and address. Also asked to send 3 months bank statements. I sent this through within half an hour. I left it an hour and called them back and had to wait in a queue again to eventually get through to someone and then get passed (holding again)through to the underwriting team who said I had been sent the wrong email and that I needed to send my entire tax return i.e. 30 odd pages that you would submit online or that your accountant would do on your behalf. The woman's manner was just simply rude and very abrupt when I asked if it was the actual entire tax return and not just the SA302 tax calculation that you get from HMRC. I stated that if it was proof of income that they were after I could send SA302 that is a calculation from the tax office confirming income that you are taxed on. She said no we need the entire tax return. Very odd as the tax return is something you do yourself / your accountant does. The SA302 is the document that is used by mortgage companies to confirm income for self employed. I'm not sure if she was confused with what the SA302 or was just having a bad day (It was Friday evening) but I ended up cancelling my application and went to my bank instead, higher rate but far less hassle. It has been a complete waste of time. The worst thing has been the lack of communication from them. If I hadn't rang the application would of just sat there pending waiting for goodness how long until someone decided to contact me to request the information. Maybe they don't like self employed people but they should state that in their initial criteria if that is the case. I met everything on their checklist. Bad service avoid.

12th November 2018

REFUSED LOAN BUT TOLD TO RE APPLY IN A YEAR

I am retired and with a very good pension. Their criteria was earn over £10,000 and have a good credit score. I chose M&S because they consider people in retirement. The letter they sent refused my application even though I earn double what was ...

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I am retired and with a very good pension. Their criteria was earn over £10,000 and have a good credit score. I chose M&S because they consider people in retirement. The letter they sent refused my application even though I earn double what was required, have a very good score but they said that I had a late payment on a credit card - which I disagree with. I have a maxed overdraft but never go over and they told me to load Experian which I did and it gave me an excellent score - not good enough for M&S although they said feel free to apply again in a year. Why bother if they say No now they will say No in a year. Can't really work out how and why I did not get it. They did however say they are not ageist - sorry but don't believe that at all.

4th October 2018

Why was I speaking to someone in Manilla who couldn't understand me!!

I have a loan with M & S and phoned to confirm that the last payment would be taken on a date in this month (October) After pressing 1 for this 2 for that etc.etc. and waiting ages I apparently got through to the wrong department. I was told I would...

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I have a loan with M & S and phoned to confirm that the last payment would be taken on a date in this month (October) After pressing 1 for this 2 for that etc.etc. and waiting ages I apparently got through to the wrong department. I was told I would be put through direct to the loans department. This did not happen had to start pressing 1 for this 2 for that etc. When I did get through I asked where the person I was talking to was - apparently Manilla! I asked when the final payment would be taken and was told the last payment was taken on a date in September. I asked the same question again and was told the next payment would be taken on a date in October. Slightly exasperated I explained that the loan was for 2 years and M & S had specified the last payment date but the person I spoke to said I had to cancel the d.d. with my bank or the payment would carry on being drawn by them! Presumably it is cheaper to outsource customer telephone queries to Manilla and to people who don't seem to understand a simple question asked by someone with an excellent English accent. There are many people here in the UK who are desperate for jobs.

2nd August 2018

Inept!!!!!!

After 3 days of waiting for my loan to be approved, I decided to phone to enquire on its progress. I was promised a fast track decision to be with me be lunchtime the following day. I ring up later afternoon the following day, application now...

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After 3 days of waiting for my loan to be approved, I decided to phone to enquire on its progress. I was promised a fast track decision to be with me be lunchtime the following day. I ring up later afternoon the following day, application now doesn't exist.

A complete shambles - Avoid...……………….

23rd April 2018

Dont bother

Applied for a £10k loan at 2.8%. Received email confirming acceptance and would receive agreement in 3 working days. Called call centre as wanted to ensure funds were available for me to purchase the new car and was advised to go into a branch and ...

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Applied for a £10k loan at 2.8%. Received email confirming acceptance and would receive agreement in 3 working days. Called call centre as wanted to ensure funds were available for me to purchase the new car and was advised to go into a branch and they could print the forms for me to sign. The call centre advised that they were unable to email me the forms form me to sign as they weren't up to that technologhy yet... really in 2018?? Anyway, went to branch gave them the reference nimber but the woman insisted in going through the whole application again and then deceided to congratulate me on getting the loan at 5.8%!!! I advised that this was not what I had applied for, it was for the 2.8 % to which she replied that it was 5.8 or nothing. I politely pointed out that their website an application process was a load of crap an that they should confirm in the email confirmation when you are accepted that it isnt for the rate that you have applied for. An hour an half of my like I wont get back! Went home and logged onto my lloyds bank account, apploed for a loan and within 10 minutes it was all done and the money in my bank. Moral of the story is, for the sales of saving a few pounx on a monthly payment dont bother with M&s

29th June 2017

Great Experience and Rates. Bad online presence.

I was able to get a large personal Loan to help consolidate my debts from M&S Bank. They were quick, helpful and have great rates. I wish they had a better online presence, as it is impossible for me to check the amount left on the loan. If this was...

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I was able to get a large personal Loan to help consolidate my debts from M&S Bank. They were quick, helpful and have great rates. I wish they had a better online presence, as it is impossible for me to check the amount left on the loan. If this was accessible online, that would be much better. it would be a 10/10 then

11th June 2017

M & S Loan

Very quick to arrange considering had to wait for forms to arrive and be posted back. In my account within a...

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Very quick to arrange considering had to wait for forms to arrive and be posted back. In my account within a week.
Dropped one star, as I am sure other companied allowed me to complete online, but perhaps you need a bank account with them for that.
All agreed very quickly, but rates not confirmed until form recieved

8th June 2017

Poor customer service

Attempted to take a personal loan out with M and S bank who told me I had poor credit. At the time of this I had consistently good credit and had been offered loans with other providers on the basis of...

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Attempted to take a personal loan out with M and S bank who told me I had poor credit. At the time of this I had consistently good credit and had been offered loans with other providers on the basis of this.
I called MandS bank who were very dismissive of my credit score and tried to account their refusal of loan on my 'poor rating'. Despite offers of evidence at my credit score I was told not to call back.

Disappointing service from a potentially great chance to gain another customer

30th May 2017

Unhelpful, blunt service

I applied for a loan online via their website and was instantly rejected without an explanation. I was told a letter would follow to explain. The letter arrived but still did not explain why I was...

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I applied for a loan online via their website and was instantly rejected without an explanation. I was told a letter would follow to explain. The letter arrived but still did not explain why I was rejected.
A very impersonal service and not very customer friendly.

27th May 2017

Once, Twice, Thrice ..... I have turned to M&S Bank for a Personal Loan

I have found M&S Bank easy to apply to for a personal loan and when I went to repay the previous two loans early it was very straightforward to get a settlement figure and to make the early repayment. I have found they dealt with each application...

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I have found M&S Bank easy to apply to for a personal loan and when I went to repay the previous two loans early it was very straightforward to get a settlement figure and to make the early repayment. I have found they dealt with each application promptly and there was no delay in payment being credited to my bank account. Also repayment details such as amount and dates such as first and last payment date are clearly set out and the annual statement they provide keeps me updated on the repayment progress. I am very satisfied with the overall service M&S Bank provide.

20th April 2017

I don't understand their credit rating

I tried once to apply for a loan there but without success. I don't know why this happened because my credit rating was good, I never missed any payment for anything, my salary is above the average and I was already more then 3 years in UK and more...

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I tried once to apply for a loan there but without success. I don't know why this happened because my credit rating was good, I never missed any payment for anything, my salary is above the average and I was already more then 3 years in UK and more then 4 years with the same employer. Nobody explained me anything, I just got declined. Funny was that Halifax accepted my loan without any doubts.

21st June 2016

Straight-forward

I took out a personal loan online with M&S...

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I took out a personal loan online with M&S bank.
Pros: * Straight-forward online application
* Cheaper rates (at the moment)
* Longer term (at the moment)
* Funds put into your account through electronic transfer on the day they receive your signed forms back
Cons: * You can only apply for a loan in a sole name (not joint names)
* Speed of completion depends on post (cannot draw down loan until you receive and sign the forms in the post and they receive them back through the post - you cannot drop the forms into your local M&S bank)

25th May 2016

APR is a marketing cover - not the rate you'll actually be offered

I applied online for a personal following a link from MSE. Firstly the application process is cumbersome, you have to wait 5 days for a review, then then they post the forms which you then have to to return by post and wait a further 5 days for the...

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I applied online for a personal following a link from MSE. Firstly the application process is cumbersome, you have to wait 5 days for a review, then then they post the forms which you then have to to return by post and wait a further 5 days for the money - not great when you've found a car to buy! When the paperwork did come through, they had doubled the APR that they had shown online, which added £2k to the repayment amount. I phoned to question it and they said the online figure was only representative. I have an excellent credit rating, plenty of equity on my house and no outstanding debts. This just felt like a marketing scam. Went to an alternative lender (Ikano) got a better rate and forms all processed online.

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