If you have made some mistakes in the past as far as your credit is concerned, brace yourself for the facts about bad credit loans. You should first try to assess just how bad your credit is before you hit the panic button though. Very often, bad credit items that appear on your credit report can be challenged and sometimes removed. In addition, mistakes on your credit report can have an adverse effect on your credit score, shunting you into the category of a high credit risk. Items that are good news for you but do not show up on your credit report (or on one or the other of the credit reporting bureaus’ file on your credit history), can cost you some valuable points. Last, but not least, taking bad advice from well-intentioned relatives or friends can lower your credit score, making you a candidate for bad credit loans.
Bad news first
Let’s look at these possibilities for improving your credit rating one at a time. But first, let’s get the hard core issues out of the way. If you have had bad credit issues in the past and know you have made some wrong choices that may have landed you in bankruptcy or wage garnishment, it will be almost impossible to fix your situation in the short term. Medical emergencies have unavoidable consequences as well but none of these means you will not be able to find a lender of last resort.
If you are reading this you are probably at the point where you have decided to turn around your spiraling credit history, but know for sure that this will take time and will cost you money. Bad credit lenders will equate you with high risk and assign a high interest rate to whatever type of loan you are seeking in order to offset some of the risk that you may not pay back their loan on time.
Bad credit car loan
Let’s say you are in the market for a car. You will be required to make a hefty down payment on a bad credit car loan. I have heard of down payment requirements as high as $3,000 but that is not the only problem you face. Your interest rate on a bad credit car loan may range from 19% on the low end to as high as 29% on the top end. A high-mileage used car could end up costing you $400.00 or more per month in monthly payments. To minimize the damage from these high rates, I would suggest you start by calling several lenders. They usually both sell and finance the product on the spot. If you can find one whose maximum interest rate is in the low twenties you may be able to save a substantial amount of interest payments. You must make sure though, that they report your payment history to the credit bureaus as this will help to improve your credit score provided you pay on time.
Bad credit personal loan
Bad credit personal loans are issued by a variety of sources. Here again their emphasis will be on charging you a high interest rate to cover the risk of your defaulting on the loan. Payday loans are an example of bad credit personal loans that carry enormously high rates of interest as they are calculated over a short time span and are designed to get you to the next paycheck.