Many people fall victim to the consumer driven society we live in and spend more than they could pay off at the interest rates offered by credit card companies. Don’t despair, because there are ways to get things back on track.
If your credit history has put you in the position where you are not able to obtain a regular credit card, you should try to get a secured credit card to begin rebuilding your credit. You will most likely be approved for this type of card, but you will have to add money to the card before you can use it so the bank will know that you can pay for all of your purchases. If you open a credit card account, keep charges fairly low, and pay it on time, this will go towards improving your credit score.
Any of your credit cards with balances that are above 50% of your overall limit need to be paid off as soon as possible, until the balance is less than 50%. Once your balance reaches 50%, your rating starts to really dip. At that point, it is ideal to pay off your cards altogether, but if not, try to spread out the debt.
If you find that you have a credit card and the interest rate has gotten to high, you do have the option to not pay the debt, though there will be consequences. There are laws that protect you from creditors that charge exorbitant interest rates. However, when you signed up for the line of credit you also agreed to pay the interest. Your interest rates should be regarded as too high if you plan on suing your creditors.
Legitimate negative credit problems can not be easily wiped away from your credit rating, so be wary of companies that promise they can do so. All information remains on your credit report for a period of seven years or more. You can, however, succeed at having incorrect information erased from your credit reports.
In order to start repairing your credit, you need to start paying your bills. You must pay them on time and in full. Your credit rating will quickly rise as you settle up your overdue bills.
You can dispute inflated interest rates if you are being charged more than you should be. If you are being charged a distressingly high interest rate, you may be able to talk to your creditor. However, you have entered into a legal agreement that requires you to pay accrued interest. If you’re going to try taking your creditors to court, make sure you can prove the interest rates they charged were excessively high.
At first, it may seem impossible to repair your damaged credit. However, with some effort and the right advice, you can start to improve your credit rating and eventually regain a credit score that will instill faith in any lender. Put the information you just learned into practice and start repairing your credit today.