What does it mean to have “bad credit”?
When creditors talk about individuals with “bad credit”, they mean borrowers who have a high credit risk. Or, in other words, a low credit score is a sign of a bad credit (just in case you don’t know, a credit score is a number used by lenders to quantify how risky a borrower is). Usually these people have a low credit score because they either owe a significant amount of money or they did not make timely payments in the past. As a result, it becomes more difficult for such borrowers to apply for the best loans available since their options are limited because their bad credit history affects the perception of lenders about their ability to repay a loan.
So, what can you do in such a case? Probably you think that you will never get a loan again. Fortunately, the truth is different.
It is possible to get a loan when you have a bad credit. The most important thing is to start rebuilding your credit status and to regain control of your personal finances. In fact, there are plenty of different loans for people with bad credit, so always do a lot of research before applying for a loan in order to make sure that you find the best option for you.
The biggest disadvantage with such types of loans is that interest rates are usually very high in comparison to standard bank loans that are offered to people with good credit scores. But there are some benefits, too.
For example, some lenders give borrowers with bad credit the opportunity to utilize a co-signer who has good credit, and in such cases the borrowers may be able to get a loan with a lower interest rate than they would without a cosigner. Also, if your credit score is so low that you cannot qualify for an unsecured loan, some lenders may offer you a secured loan. In such cases you can use your car, for example, to secure the loan.
Be cautious; sometimes you may find yourself trapped in a bad credit loan scam. Keep your eyes open for:
- Lenders who pressure you to make a deal before you have considered all your options;
- Lenders who want money from you just for filing a loan application (it’s illegal);
- Companies that push you to give them too much personal information, especially over the phone;
- And last but not least, always make sure that you are working with a legitimate legally licensed lender.