Firstly, what’s a bad credit score?
A credit score or rating is a number between 0 and 1,000 that tells businesses how likely you are to pay your bills or your loan repayments on time. It’s calculated based on a range of things like if your bills are overdue, the number of bank accounts you have, credit cards and other levels of debt. Essentially the higher the score, the better your rating is, and if your credit score is low, it could affect your chances of a loan provider giving you a personal loan.
Do we look at your credit score here at Instant Finance?
At Instant Finance we believe that everyone deserves the chance to remedy their financial situation and be given the opportunity to get back on their feet financially. We know it can be disheartening to be turned away from mainstream lenders and other loan providers if you have a bad credit score or have defaulted on payments before, and when you need cash fast, having an extra layer of stress is the last thing you need! That’s why we do things differently.
To give everyone the helping hand they need, we don’t rely on credit scores to work out who gets a loan approved and who doesn’t. In fact, we assess each and every application on a case-by-case basis. What this means for you is that if you do have a bad credit score or have defaulted on payments in the past, it’s not all over. We look at your situation independently to see how we can work with you and help. Your credit score is just one piece of the puzzle and we make sure we get a good look at the full picture before making decisions. This includes taking into account your job, income, spending habits and other debts you may have.
From there, we can work out how best to help you and make recommendations for your personal situation. We might recommend a debt consolidation loan or a small loan to start with and our helpful team can work with you to figure out a payment plan for the future all while maintaining our obligation to be a Responsible Lender.
If this sounds like you and you need help with defaulted payments, contact us for a chat.
How can you improve your credit score?
- Paying your bills on time will start to improve your credit score straight away, so if you can, set up an automatic payment to your provider as soon as possible. Make sure you create a budget that considers this automatic payment so they don’t default each cycle!
- A debt consolidation loan will allow you to wrap up all your debt or defaulted payments into one easy to manage loan. As soon as those defaults are wiped, you’ll automatically be on your way to improving your credit score. Check out the other ways a debt consolidation loan can help you.
- Remember improving your credit score isn’t set and forget. Like working on your health, it’s good to keep on top of it. Set some time aside fortnightly to review your finances, budget and any repayments coming up so you don’t miss any. If you want to learn more about credit scores and reports check out this report.