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Tips on Rebuilding your Credit Score

Posted on 01/11/2016

It can be hard to face up to the fact that your credit score is less than perfect but with a bit of time, patience and good advice it is something you can fix.

There are many factors that affect your credit rating and it is well known that having a poor score can restrict you from getting financial products and the best interest rates. A credit score of over 700 is generally considered a good score although it is important to remember that there is no universal credit score in the UK.

The first step to rebuilding your credit score is to actually check it out and address any missed or late payments, defaults or inaccuracies in your report. It can be easy to want to bury your head in the sand but addressing what is on your report is the only way to fix it. This is also a good opportunity to make sure there are no mistakes on your report or any fraudulent activity. There can be no room for error when it comes to your credit file as the smallest mistake can affect your score. If you do identify anything that isn’t accurate, notify the relevant agency straight away so they can review it. A credit agency is legally obliged to review any issues you raise with the information on your credit report.


The road to good credit infographic

Registering on the electoral register can improve your chances of being accepted for credit as it makes you easily identifiable for lenders who search for your name and address. Being on the electoral register doesn’t improve your credit score but it does mean there is a much less chance of the application being fraudulent so you are more likely to be approved by lenders.

Don’t apply for more credit if you have been declined multiple times. Whilst lenders do have different scorecards, the risk of being declined again will have a severe effect on your credit rating. Each time you make an application for credit, the lender will do a ‘hard search’ on your file which is shown to other lenders. If you make multiple applications it will look bad to lenders if you are making lots of applications around the same period of time. If you find that you are struggling to get accepted, its best to wait until you have had a chance to sort out some issues on your file.

With that in mind, it is a good idea to build up good credit if you have no credit history at all or if you need to build up a score that is already fairly good. One option is to use a pre-paid credit card that is specifically designed to help build up your credit. Another great option is to use a credit builder credit card although it is worth noting that the interest rates on these types of cards are higher than your average credit card.

And finally, don’t be tempted by credit repair companies who claim to fix your credit score. They are very untrustworthy as they have been known to do claims which they legally cannot do and can be very costly. Generally they only have the ability to negotiate with any companies that may have sought County Court Judgements against you. As tempting as it might be to pay for a quick fix, you can repair your credit score on your own with a bit of time and patience. Remember if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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*Representative Example
Cash price – £6999, Deposit – £0, Amount of credit – £6999, Rate of interest – 15% per annum, Amount of interest – £4199.40, Lender Documentation fee – £50.00, Lenders option to purchase fee – £50.00, Total charge for credit – £4299.40, First repayment – £283.30, Followed by 46 Monthly repayments of – £233.30, Final repayment – £283.30, Total amount payable – £11,298.40, Representative APR – 29.2%

*Last month, over 51% of Refused Car Finance customers that had their loan arranged were offered an APR of 29.2% or lower

During the period May to December 2016, UK Car Finance Ltd received 5167 unique applications, of which we were able to offer 5085 applicants a line of credit, subject to the applicant being able to provide acceptable proof of affordability, are free from insolvency and or/a supporting guarantor fitting the lenders eligibility criteria.