How Not Knowing The Full Extent Of Your Credit History Can Hurt Your Chances Of Getting A Credit CardMay 15, 2010 - 1:58 am
Whenever you fill out a credit card application, the credit card companies use your credit report to determine how good you are at paying back debts. A credit report lists all loans, credit cards, and financial debts that you have ever applied for, paid, or haven’t paid, and if you have ever claimed bankruptcy. In short, it lays out your entire credit history. It assesses what the chances are that you will be diligent with clearing up your monthly payments and keeping your balance under the maximum limit that they have assigned to you. Credit reports are used by financial applications, insurance companies, cell phone companies, and government departments. Each credit report has a credit score assigned to it as well. This score is used to determine if you will be issued a credit card, what the credit limit on the card will be, and what your interest rates will be. The higher your credit score, the more credit you will be given and the lower your interest rates will be.
Your credit history can impede your chances of getting a credit card as well. You should review your credit report at least once a year to ensure that the information it contains is accurate. Sometimes, information may be entered into your credit report that doesn’t pertain to you. Perhaps it was entered incorrectly or it may belong to another person who shares the same name as you. Recently, identity theft has been on the rise, so there may be a chance that someone is using your personal information for their own purposes. This could affect your credit report and cause your credit card application to be declined. If you notice that any information on your credit report is not accurate, you should immediately contact the credit bureau to have it corrected.
Other information on your credit report; information that is actually correct, may also cause your application to be declined. If you are constantly applying for credit; every credit card out there, car loans, or personal loans, this is looked upon unfavorably by credit card companies. It shows that you may be applying for more credit than you can afford and this will be a reason for them to decline your application.
Before you apply for a credit card, you should think about why you need one. The more debt you have, the harder it is to pay it off. If you determine that a credit card is absolutely necessary, you should order a copy of your credit report and make sure it is accurate. If there are negative items on there, clear them up. Even the smallest debt may prevent you from obtaining the credit card that you want.