Dealing With Problem Credit

Don’t assume minor credit problems or difficulties stemming from unique circumstances, such as illness or temporary loss of income, will limit your loan choices to only high-cost lenders.

If your credit report contains negative information that is accurate, but there are good reasons for trusting you to repay a loan, be sure to explain your situation to the lender or broker.

If your credit problems cannot be explained, you will probably have to pay more than borrowers who have good credit histories.

Never accept the only way to get credit is to pay a high price. Ask how your past credit history affects the price of your loan and what you would need to do to get a better price. Take the time to shop around and negotiate the best deal that you can.

Whether you have credit problems or not, it’s always a good idea to review your credit report for accuracy and completeness before you apply for a loan. To order a copy of your credit report, contact the credit bureau of your choice: