All the information that is stored in your credit report is summed up by what is called your credit score, which represents your credit rating. Credit scores fall into a range of between 0 and 1000, and it is these cedit scores that lenders use to make on-the-spot credit decisions quickly, based on the number that represents your credit score, which is how lenders will conclude the potential risk.
Bankruptcies and charge-offs, late payments, the amount of used credit compared to available credit are just some of the factors that will be used to determine a borrower’s credit score. The length of time that credit has been held will also have a bearing on what your score will be.
A credit score below 500 is not looked on favourably at all, and consumers with a score below 600 will typically be looking at a fairly high rate for their credit. Your score will need to be over 700 to get a reasonably low rate, and if you can get your score to about 750 plus you should be able to get the lowest rates that are available.
Credit scores are extensively used, and if you have a mortgage, a credit card or auto insurance, car loan, or any kind of loan at all, then the rate that you received was directly related to your credit score.
If your credit scores differ at different credit reporting agencies, this simply means that the information about you that these agencies hold is in fact different. So obviously any changes made to your credit report will reflect a change in your credit score.
In order to assess the risk involved in loaning money to customers and to keep any losses due to non re-payment of loans to a minimum, lenders like credit card companies and banks will refer to your credit score. There-fore you are much more likely to be approved for credit if you have a high credit score, as there is less risk involved for the lender.
In the event that you miss payments for just one single month on your bills, the result can be that your credit score could drop from a healthy 700, all the way down to 600 or less according to Bankrate, an estimator of credit scores. Another scenario that will have the effect of lowering your credit score is running at the maximum limit on more than one credit card.
It may seem confusing but your credit score is not based on your credit history, but more-so on the current data. So if you have a credit score that falls into the 500 / 600 range it is possible to raise your score to the 700 and above range with the application of some clever strategies which can repair your credit score, thus allowing you to receive a better rate when you next apply for credit.
Because there can be a dramatic difference between interest rates and finance fees depending on your credit score, your dealings financially will be much easier with the aid of a good score, as well as being able to save you money with interest rates offered at a lower level. If your credit score is good but you are still not offered an interest rate that you are happy with then ask the lender why and negotiate, and if that fails then shop for better offers from other lenders.