IMPROVING YOUR CREDIT SCORE
Having a bad credit history can come back to haunt
you when you look obtain a loan for a
car. Not only will your bad credit effect the amount
you are approved for and the interest rates and terms you
receive, your poor credit can jeopardize your chances for
approval. Learn more about
how credit is important.
Before applying for any type of loan, you should always
copy of your credit report.
If you don't already know how to, you should learn
how your credit score is calculated and
how to read your credit report.
Below are some tips that will help you improve your
Open a Bank Account
Bank accounts are not present on your credit reports.
However, when you apply for any type of loan or credit,
your bank account number may be required.
Never overdraw on your bank account. Meaning, don't write
checks for monies that you do not have. This will result
in bounced checks. When you bounce a check, the bank will
charge you a fee, as well as the creditor/company you
made the check out to. Bounced checks are negatively
reflective on your credit report.
Apply for a Credit Card
Using a credit card is a great way to build your
credit. Click the link to
apply for the
Orchard Bank credit card, a card that is specifically designed for
people with bad credit, or no credit looking to
rebuild or establish their credit. Another card we
suggest is the
Tribute Gold MasterCard. Both of these credit
cards will report your payments to all three of
the major credit bureaus every month. Learn more about
bad credit and no credit cards we feature.
When you use your credit card, you must make sure that
you make your payments on time every month. Using your
credit card in a responsible manner for a few months will
give you the opportunity to apply for a credit card that
is more geared towards people with good credit.
Specifically, offering lower interest rates. These credit cards
offer more spending power by way of higher credit lines.
Be careful! Having a larger credit line opens the door for
Bear in mind that having a $7500 credit line does not
mean you have $7500 of extra money to use at will. It is
just an alternate method for spending your cash.
Formulate a plan for using your credit card.
Specifically, you want to be certain that any items you
buy, you can pay for at the end of the month when you
receive your statement. A good practice is to right down
your income and what your expenses are. Your left over
cash is the 'extra' money you have to use on buying goods
with your credit card. However, don't look to spend all
of your additional money. You should always look to
save some money in the bank every month.