Car Buying Tips

Anyone thinking of buying a new or a used car, or even leasing one, would do well to start off by investigating and arranging their financial credit. Knowing how much money they can afford to spend on any type of car gives them a much better structure both in terms of whether to buy a new or a used car, or type of model of a particular vehicle will best suit their needs.

By far the most important things to is to obtain a copy of your credit report. A credit report is a document or a dossier that is compiled by one of the main credit rating agencies that is used as a basis for generating a credit score.

A credit score is the determining factor that the credit rating agency and any lender will use in determining whether or not to lend you any money, and if so on what terms and conditions. These terms and conditions normally include things such as size of a down payment, the length or term of the loan, the interest rates charged, the size of the monthly down payments and any body repayment charge the event of refinancing loan.

A credit score is essentially a number, that is allocated on a scale between a range of two other numbers. As an example, an individual might have a credit score of 350, set within a range of zero and 700.

The credit report that is used to generate the credit score is a mixture of different items of information that is collected by the credit rating agency. This information will come from a number of sources including the application form will be filled in by the individual applying for the loan.

The information will be both personal in nature, as well as financial both current and historical. The personal information relates to items such as name, any previous names, date of birth, place of birth, current and previous addresses, current and previous employers etc.

The financial information will relate to current credit arrangements with other banks and credit card companies etc, as well as a detailed history of any payment problems or issues etc.

The credit rating agency will also take into account items such as bankruptcies or defaults on loans, or any general patterns of behaviour that they interpret as being detrimental to an individual’s capacity to repay a loan.

The main reason why it is important to obtain a credit report is that the individual can check the report to see what items are in it or not. The credit rating agencies are only allowed to include certain items of information for a fixed number of years. Is items of information can vary but are normally those that carry significant impact such as a bankruptcy. This means that after a certain number of years these items have to be removed from the credit report, and subsequently from the credit score.

This means that an individual can take certain steps to make sure that the information in their credit report is up-to-date and contains only the relevant information that it is allowed to include by law.

This can have a significant impact on the actual credit score itself, leading on to a real effect on the loan application and any terms and conditions that may be imposed that relate to the level of credit score of the individual.

Peter Main is freelance writer who has almost forty years experience of the car industry, and a wide knowledge base of personal finance. He writes extensively about Auto Finance, with regard to companies such as Honda and the need for understanding dealership finance such as Honda Financial.