How Purchasing a New Car Can Improve Credit

Looking to get a vehicle for yourself but are also suffering from having bad credit at the same time?  What you might not know is that having credit issues and purchasing that very car can actually go a long way in helping you improve your score.

Auto Credit Express breaks down the how this can help.  Lenders are looking to get people through the dealership doors even if they have low FICO scores.  Just because your credit is bad now doesn’t mean that it was in the past.  If they can see that changes in your score occurred due to major life events, such as losing your job or experiencing a medical problem, then the odds are more in your favor of getting a good loan.

Before you do head into the dealership, however, there are things to keep in mind.  First, that loan you’re getting after a dip in the FICO score will be at a higher rate than many consumers are used to.  You’ll also want to make sure to make each payment on time, as well as other bills you have, so that you can qualify for a better rate the next time around.  If you miss a payment on time, then it will take your credit score even lower down.

The point of purchasing a car in this case is to improve your credit while getting the vehicle you need.  The best tips to do this are to make sure that you look for an inexpensive car, small or midsized.  See if you can choose a loan term of 48 months or less.  Make sure you check on the history of the vehicle.  By following these steps, you place your self in a position to save money by trading out in 18 to 30 months for a better deal.  Also, knowing that history makes sure you avoid thousands of dollars in repair bills.

Come on in to Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge and start the process of improving your credit while driving away in that car you need.  We love to say yes at the dealership.  Be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for more tips and deals.

Building Good Credit at Any Age

ID-10086809Getting that golden FICO credit score of 750 to 850 is difficult at any age, but for consumers that start later in life, it can seem impossible or even pointless to try. The truth is that working for a better credit score is beneficial, no matter how old or young you are.

Many consumers mistakenly believe that after a certain age, they really don’t need to worry about their credit. They have paid off their mortgage and car loan, and they either don’t have credit cards or closed their credit card accounts long ago. What reason would they need to take out a loan or need access to credit anyways?

Unfortunately, this kind of thinking usually leads to disastrous inaction. There are many reasons why a consumer could need a loan or available credit, and to get a loan, consumers need a good credit history and by extension, a good credit score. A medical emergency, sickness in the family, temporary job loss, or another unforeseen emergency can happen to anyone. Even if none of these circumstances occur, most people want to travel in their retirement or rent out a condo in a warmer climate. Travel credit cards will require a good or excellent credit score, and renting a condo will usually require a credit check.

There are a few ways that consumers at any age can ensure a solid credit score. First, do not close old credit card accounts. As long as these accounts are open and active, they will report to Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Closing these accounts shortens a credit history and lowers the amount of available credit. This raises the overall credit utilization and lowers the FICO score. Second, pay all loans and lines of credit on time and keep the balances low. Payment history makes up a huge part of a credit score, so consumers who pay on time will benefit while consumers who miss payments will end up with a lower score. Finally, consumers who don’t have many accounts on their credit report can boost their score by opening a new line of credit, like an auto loan, and making their payments on time. This action will also diversify the type of credit on the report.

Obtaining an auto loan without a credit history or troubled credit history is tough, but it is achievable. Contact a sales person at Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge and find a time to come in so we can work with you to find the proper loan. We’ll get you driving away in the new or pre-owned vehicle best suited for your lifestyle. Be sure to like us on Facebook and to follow us on Twitter to see our monthly specials.

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Mistakes to Avoid for a Better Credit Score

Credit problems shouldn’t mean you don’t get the loan necessary to get a car. At Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge, we want to make sure that you come in and drive off with what you need. One way of doing that is to provide some tips on how to get your credit issues under control.

Auto Credit Express has a break down of the three biggest mistakes that people with credit problems make. If you’ve found yourself wonder just how your score got so low, chances are pretty good that you have fallen victim to one of these traps.

You may be paying your bills late. If you are, that can be damaging to your FICO score in a very negative way. Getting your billing situation under control to make sure you’re not being overwhelmed can go a long way in helping.

Another mistake you may be making is that your credit card balance is too high. When a lender checks into your credit, they don’t like to see your balance maxed out. You should be using around 30 percent or less of any credit lines. It’s a huge red flag if lenders see too much debt.

Applying for the same kind of loan, be it home or a car loan, in a small amount of time are seen by the credit companies as a single instance in most cases. When you start applying for variety of different credit types, however, it can impact your score.

If you can avoid making these three mistakes, you’ll find a better credit score at the end of the road. If you’re suffering from credit issues but need to get yourself in vehicle, contact us at Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge. We love to say yes. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more credit tips and other auto news.