Tuesday, November 19, 2013

5 Ways to Destroy your Credit Rating

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A credit rating is a tool used by banks to determine whether to loan money to you or not. Your credit rating is calculated based on your credit history, which is contained on your credit file. Your will have a credit file if you have applied for anything involving credit in the past such as: credit cards, mobile phone or internet plans, personal loans, mortgages or interest-free store loans. In order to keep your credit rating high, to increase the likelihood of loans you should avoid these five things.

Credit Defaults

Credit defaults occur when payments for loaned money are not payed back on time or at all. The most commonly credit defaults are: missed mobile phone bills, missed credit card payments, and missed personal loan payments. All missed payments are listed as defaults on your credit file and result in a lower credit rating.


Unfortunately, people who are self-employed can have a hard time winning favour with banks and other money lending organisations. This is due to the fact self-employment is viewed by these organisations as unstable and risky. If you are self-employed it is important that you keep track of your tax returns and profit-and-loss statements, so when the time comes you can prove that you have sufficient income to make payments.

Discharged Bankruptcy

Discharged bankruptcy is the term used to describe an individual after they have paid off, otherwise settled, all previous debt. After settlement has been agreed upon, the bankrupt individual should then apply for a discharge certificate ordained by the court to prove their freedom from bankruptcy. Technically, a person who is classified as having a discharged bankruptcy, is allowed to take out loans again, very few institutions will take the risk for several years after the bankruptcy.

Being on a Debt Agreement

A debt agreement is legally binding agreement between a debtor (the loaner) and their creditors. In this agreement, creditors will accept a sum of money, which the debtor can afford in order to make up for an unmanageable debt. Proposing a debt agreement is considered an act of bankruptcy and will severely lower your credit rating.

Getting Declined by Banks and Other Creditors

Often an institutions willingness to give loans is influenced by past creditors opinions if the individual in question. If past creditors have deemed the individual to be reliable, then they are more likely to agree to a loan. Alternatively, if past creditors view you as a credit risk, then you are less likely to get a loan in the future, so it’s best to leave a good impression from the start.

Although it is important to avoid doing damage to your credit rating, sometimes it is inevitable. Getting a car loan while you are struggling with a bad credit rating can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Nowadays there are many options for those searching for bad credit car loans.

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