A 'Busy' Credit History Can Cost You | Aussie Car Loans

Why you should avoid a ‘busy recent credit history’

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When you’re applying for a car loan, or in fact any finance whether it’s for a motorbike, boat or caravan, it’s important to know how the finance industry operates. It’s clearly very important to the finance company that you are able to service, i.e. repay the loan, so they make extensive investigations into your credit history before they approve any loan. They’re normally looking for any history of not paying bills or repayments on time, but credit checks also take into account a huge range of factors, from what income you have through to assets you own, and whether you’re renting or paying off a mortgage.

The One Credit History Check People Forget About …

But there’s one other factor a lot of people are missing which can negatively impact your ability to get a loan, and that is where you have put multiple finance applications in to different finance companies over a relatively short period of time.

At Aussie Car Loans we of course speak to a lot of people looking to arrange car finance and many are not aware that the process of shopping around by putting in multiple applications will impact their creditworthiness. Unfortunately this can be regarded by the finance industry as ‘over shopping’ and increases the possibility that you will be wrongly identified as a likely default risk. People putting in multiple credit applications, even if they do not end up accepting the credit offer, can be considered to be less creditworthy and research in fact shows that they are more likely to default.

A Higher Interest Rate OR Even A Credit Rejection!

Even if the result is not an outright credit rejection, you can still end up paying a higher interest rate or having to go to a special ‘non-conforming’ lender where you will pay a higher interest rate anyway.

If you want to make sure you’re getting the best rate without being caught in the ‘busy recent credit history’ trap, the best thing to do is talk to a broker (like us!), so we can advise you on your options and then put in the one application for the best credit deal for you, instead of multiple applications.

If you do find yourself classified as a having a busy recent credit history, there is only one thing you can do – wait. Depending on the sort of finance you are looking for this can be anything from three to six months or longer.

To Summarise…

  • Every application you make for finance leaves an impression on your credit history.
  • Multiple applications in a short period can impact the your creditworthiness.
  • Financiers and banks do not look kindly on applicants with a ‘busy recent credit history’.
  • The negative effects of a “busy” credit history can include receiving a higher interest rate, having to use a non conforming lender or in the worst case being declined.
  • Time is the only thing that can resolve these issues if you have a busy credit history.

So What Should I Do To Avoid A Busy Credit History?

Simply put, talking to a loan broker like Aussie Car Loans will help you to avoid issues with multiple applications. We can look at your circumstances and whilst we can’t tell you the exact interest rate you will get we can let you know of any potential issues which saves you applying and potentially being “knocked back” numerous times resulting in a busy credit history. We’re real people so we understand that you want the best deal and we certainly want to help you get it. Call us today 1300 769 999 or apply online to get the ball rolling.

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