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How Could Poor Credit Affect You?

Sep 4, 2008
Having a poor credit rating is something that many people have had to learn to put up with for many years, and this has severely impacted upon their lives in many ways. Whilst there was once a stigma attached to having poor credit over recent years more and more people have found themselves in this situation, with many households struggling to keep up with repayments on their debts and bills. Having bad credit has become more commonplace now, and there are certain companies that offer solutions for those with bad credit. However, bad credit can still make life difficult and more expensive in many different ways, which is why it is so important for people to either maintain their good credit or to get their bad credit back on track as quickly as possible.

One of the main ways in which bad credit will affect your future is by restricting your access to any form of affordable finance, and in some cases restricting your access to finance altogether. Some examples of these restrictions are highlighted below:

Mortgages: The world of mortgages has been in turmoil for some months, and both accessibility and availability when it comes to mortgages has been restricted at the best of times recently. For those with damaged credit getting an affordable mortgage is likely to be pretty impossible, and you may find that to get a mortgage you either have to put down a huge deposit or you have to pay an interest rate that is so high that you will never be able to keep up with repayments.

Credit cards: Most traditional credit card lenders will not hand out credit cards to those with bad credit, which means that you will have to go through one of the lenders that offer credit cards to those with damaged credit. You will find that these credit cards have no special features such as rewards or longer interest free periods, and the interest charged if you spread your balance is likely to be very high. Also the credit limits will most likely be quite low.

Loans: In many cases those with damaged credit cannot get an unsecured loan because the risk to the lender is too high. Therefore if you have bad credit you may find that you only loan option is a secured loan, and this means that you will have to be a homeowner, and even then you will be paying a far higher interest rate than someone with good credit.

Car finance: If you have bad credit and are looking to buy a car you may find that the only way that you can get the finance that you need is through a dealership that caters for those that have been refused credit elsewhere. You will end up paying high rates of interest and will have to choose a vehicle from that showroom, robbing you of affordability and choice.
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Peter Kenny has been writing financial articles for 10 years and is a writer for The Thrifty Scot, please visit us at Debt Consolidation Loan and Compare Credit Cards
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