Sometimes it seems as though if you go through a tough period in your time, at least in the eyes of the credit card companies, you are toast. It seems almost impossible to get a new credit card. The problem is multiple things, one of the biggest of which is that there are three major credit bureaus that blatantly advertise the fact that you fell behind on your payments a few years back. Your credit report from these credit bureaus holds you back from rebuilding the credit you need.
But there are ways around this. It does not happen overnight though, and is going to take some work on your part. Despite a number of companies out there, both online and offline, that claims it CAN happen overnight, believe me, it cannot, and any company who says that it can is probably running their company from behind bars somewhere.
This is a multiple step process but with some focus on your part, it is entirely possible to get a poor credit rating turned into a good one in a relatively short period of time. The big benefit of doing this the right way is that it is entirely honest, legal, and ethical, and will therefore stay in place for years to come, assuming of course that you meet your new credit obligations in a timely manner.
First of all, you can get a prepaid credit card. These still have a Mastercard or Visa logo, but your credit limit is exactly how much you have on deposit with the lender. If you put $500 on deposit with the lender, then your credit limit is $500. If you can only afford $200, then it’s $200. The size of the deposit and your credit limit is not significant. What IS significant is that you use this card, you never exceed your credit limit, and you always pay at least the minimum amount due every month, on time. This is one of the best things you can do to rebuild a bad credit situation.
In fact, you can get multiple of these cards and get on a faster track to rebuilding your credit. Make sure that the prepaid credit card that you get does report to at least one of the three credit bureaus, and if they report to more than one, then so much the better. What you are going to be doing is making sure that a very positive report of your credit goes into your credit files each month.
The thing you can do at the same time is to contact each of the three major credit bureaus, which are Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion, and get a copy of your credit report from each one. It is critical that you get a separate copy from each one because they do not share information, and it is more than likely that they each have different information about you and your credit history. When you get the reports, go over them with a fine tooth comb and look for things that are not right. Current reports indicate that you are likely to find multiple inaccuracies. When you do, then you need to dispute that item with the credit bureau and get it corrected. It is the credit bureau’s responsibility to either verify the information as accurate, or to change it or delete it. This process will improve your credit score and not make it look worse than it needs to. For more information about this, you may wish to visit Raise Your Credit Score.
Remember, your credit rating did not go down the tubes overnight, and will not come back overnight either. It takes time and patience, but hopefully you have learned some things about credit during your tough times, so now is the time to rebuild your credit to the point where it needs to be so you can function in today’s fast-paced society.