Nikhil Gupta was all set to buy his first car. He knew that banks check the CIBIL score and report of an individual before sanctioning an auto loan. But these criteria never seemed to bother him. After all, he possessed only a single credit card and always paid the balance in full each month. He had nothing to worry. He had full confidence that he would get the best deal on the auto loan.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t so easy. Forget about getting the best deal he wasn’t even approved for the loan. His request for credit was turned down because he had a fairly low credit score.
Nikhil had never previously bothered to check one of his most important financial items – his Credit Report. This report contains all the information about how you pay your bills, whether you have any liens filed against you or whether you have delinquent accounts.
Your credit report is very important since it determines whether you can get loans, credit cards and sometimes even insurance or a job. (Read : A negative Credit Score can hurt your Job search!)
Rejection of a loan was a major setback but Nikhil was determined to address the problem. When he ordered his credit report he found that he was a victim of identity theft.
Somebody had used his personal financial information to open several credit card accounts. The thief had made several purchases before allowing the accounts to become delinquent. Huge outstanding debts on his report damaged his credit rating. His name showed up in the loans defaulter’s list since past 2 years but he was completely unaware of this fraud. An erroneous delinquency placed on his report led to a 100 point drop in his credit score.
Nikhil filed a police report as well as an online dispute with the credit rating agencies to get the report fixed. But neither the financial institutions nor the credit rating agencies were ready to take the responsibility of the mistake. Nikhil had provided all the relevant information but even after diligent follow ups and numerous phone calls the issue did not get addressed. It took several months before the agency finally completed its investigation process and agreed to remove the entry from his report.
“Dealing with the credit rating agencies to resolve the identity theft issue was a nightmare. Once a fraudulent account information is included in the credit file it is a challenge to get it removed”, said Nikhil. By the time Nikhil was able to get all things sorted his credit score had plummeted by 450 points. All this for no fault of his.
It took almost three years for his credit score to return to its previous heights. “If only I knew the importance of checking my credit report regularly, I would have caught this fraud in time and saved my credit score”, sighed Nikhil.
Thankfully one good thing saved Nikhil during these three years while he was working on improving his credit score. He got to know about loans for bad CIBIL score. So he didn’t have to postpone his plans of buying his dream car. He applied for a car loan for bad credit, wherein the lenders don’t just evaluate the borrowers based on their credit score. These lenders weigh several other factors like income and employment and offer loans for bad credit to people with a low CIBIL score.
Credit report errors are not uncommon. Mistakes in the report have significant life altering financial consequences for borrowers. They have to pay thousands of rupees extra as interest on loans just because errors in the report lower their credit score.
So, if you are looking to get the best deal on loans it is essential to check the accuracy of the credit report. In fact it is a good practice to check the report at regular intervals, so that if you do find a mistake you have sufficient time to get things straightened out.
This guest post has been contributed by the team at CreditSudhaar.
Credit Sudhaar is India’s first credit and finance platform for consumers which provide various credit and financial tools such as free credit score, credit monitoring, credit score simulator among others. Credit Sudhaar provides a wide range of analytical assessments to the users helping them to have an in-depth understanding of their credit health, extends guidance on how to improve CIBIL score and also facilitates access to various loans and credit facilities based on current credit health.
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(Post first published on : 16-March-2017)