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Creative Ways To Repair Your Credit

Feb 4, 2008
Today's financial world makes it essential for you to have excellent credit. Few things are paid for in cash or paid for in full in this society, so having the ability to get credit is extremely important. In addition, purchasing a home, car, or boat almost requires you to have great credit or else you might have to pay exorbitant amounts in interest fees. Still, there are times when your credit gets so bad that it has to be repaired. These are some excellent ways to repair your credit if it gets down in the dumps.

Pay off your revolving debt

One of the main reasons why a person's credit gets ruined is because they have too much debt when compared to their income. If you are going to improve your credit score, you have to get the balances paid down. Knocking down those balances one at a time is the best way to go about eliminating the debt and with each one, your credit score will rise.

Apply for a new credit card

Getting rid of your old debt is not going to complete bring your credit back to respectability. In order to let credit companies know that you are a good risk once again, you have to do something to rebuild your reputation. Getting another credit card can help in this, but it must be done in a way that protects you from trouble. Seek out companies that provide credit cards to customers with sub-par credit. They will often charge high rates, but will provide you with a good chance to start your credit up once again.

Secured Credit Cards

Another excellent option for people with bad credit is a secured credit card. These work differently than regular credit cards because you are the one providing the funds for the card at the beginning. When you use a secured credit card, you can only spend as much money on the card as you provide. Therefore, there is little risk involved in using one of these cards. It is a great way to add something new onto your credit report and up your credit score.

Cosigning a Credit Card

If you have parents with solid credit or you have another relative that has good credit, then you can use them to your advantage. The best thing to do is ask them if you can co-sign a credit card with them, so that your name will be on the report. You will have no control over this card, but the credit report will indicate that your name was on the account. It is only alright to do this if the people that you are cosigning with have good credit and are very likely to make all of their payments on time.

These methods for improving your credit score can greatly benefit you when it comes time to purchase a house or a car. Consumers today never really know how important their credit score is until they get into one of these situations. It is extremely important to repair this before it becomes an issue.
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