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Can I Negotiate Debt Collection Rates?

Jan 11, 2008
My boss wants me to cut costs. Do you think my collection agency will give me a discount?

Yes, most collection agencies do offer a discount if your company assigns them multiple accounts or the balance is very high or the account is new.

Usually, there are 3 basic rules they follow to determine what rate your company will be charged:

Balance due. If you have a bad account totaling $5,000 or more, your company may qualify be able to get a discounted rate.

Age of account. An account that is 60 days past due has a better chance of being collected than a 730 day old file. A Collection agency that get paid based on how much they collect will not have enough incentive to work on older past-due accounts, much less offer you a reduced rate on them.

Volume discounts. If you have a lot of accounts to collect, you should be able to secure a smaller rate. For example, if your company has 25 past due accounts for $25,000 that are less than one year old, you should get 30 percent to 35 percent off regular rates, unless you entered into a different kind of arrangement.
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