A bad credit rating can affect everything from your ability to get a car loan to your ability to get a job. There are many factors other than defaulting on loan payments that can negatively affect your credit score. The following tips can help you learn what actions to take and what actions to avoid, in order to repair your credit rating.
Now is always the right time to consider repair of your credit file. You should always practice spending and saving patterns that allow for you to constantly improve your credit. Monitor for issues, address those issues and protect your improving rating consistently. Waiting until there is an issue or need for good credit will only cost you more time and effort.
When you find errors on your credit report, dispute them to the reporting agency. About 75% of all credit reports contain some sort of error. It may be an item that should have dropped off your report. It may have been an account that was paid in full but is still showing as outstanding. Clear these items off to give your score a boost.
With the new credit card laws in place, banks must now decline your card in the event of a possible overdraft. They will most likely try to get you to opt out of this, claiming that it is a service they provide to approve the purchase anyways, and then charge you a small fee. These fees are high. You will be much better off getting declined and using a different bank account or credit card for your purchase, than paying their fees.
If you must use a credit card, protect your credit and manage your finances better by paying it off in full each month. If you pay it off each month, you will generally not earn interest on your purchases, so you pay only what the item actually cost at the store. Also, carrying over balances may raise your APR, meaning you pay even more in interest over time.
To keep your credit in top notch shape, borrow no more than 30% of the credit available to you. Keeping your debt lower than 30% of your available credit will help you to maintain a strong credit score with the reporting agencies. It also means less owed to lenders and so, less for you to pay back.
If you have gone bankrupt, you may be tempted to avoid opening any lines of credit, but that is not the best way to go about re-establishing a good credit score. You will want to try to take out a large secured loan, like a car loan and make the payments on time to start rebuilding your credit.
While repairing your credit rating does take some time and effort, there are many steps you can take to prevent your score from dropping further and to avoid making the same mistakes in the future. Your credit score is a direct reflection of your credibility as a consumer, and the above tips can help you make sure that your reflection is a positive one.