Bad Credit – It Hurts!
Everyone knows that a good credit score is essential to getting approval for everything from car insurance to car loans—and for getting the best possible interest rate that’s currently being offered—but what many people don’t seem to realize is just how much of a toll a poor FICO score can have on you. So if you have a poor score, it’s important to take it seriously and enact credit repair,
whether it means deploying debt management techniques or implementing good bill-paying habits. Here’s a look at how a poor credit score can hurt you and your finances.
- High credit card interest rates: Credit cards are notorious for the high interest rates they charge. After all, it is how the card companies make their money. However, if you have poor credit, you can anticipate paying 22 percent and upward, should you even be approved. That’s a far cry from the 10 to 19 percent that’s likely with a good score.
- Loan interest: How much more can you expect to pay on a car loan with a poor credit score? Possibly up to 2 whole percentage points of interest! Mortgage loans, too, can mean you that you will have to pay potentially tens of thousands more over the course of a loan with a poor score. Repair credit, and take it seriously to avoid these preventable expenses.
- Miscellaneous: Can you imaging trying to sign up for a cell phone plan only to find out at the store that you’re ineligible because your credit score isn’t good enough? It happens. The same goes with car insurance. Presently, 47 states are permitted to check your credit score to determine the rate.