Just as credit cards are widely-used in the United States, the plastic form of payment is also enjoying huge popularity in Canada. Although using credit cards for payments is convenient and easy, it also presents a negative threat â€“ credit card debt and bad credit.
Bad Credit History and Credit Card Debt
Being in stuck in credit card debt often leads to bad credit history. As you carry over your balances from month to month, you also incur the additional costs such as interest rates and late penalty charges.
It is no wonder why many credit card holders find it more difficult to recover from debt as they prolong their payments. As a result, these cardholders continue to suffer from debt and history of poor credit.
What You Can Do with Bad Credit
Is there a way to raise your credit score and improve your credit history? Of course, there is. However, avoid â€œcredit fix agenciesâ€ that claim to fix or rebuild your bad credit history quickly in exchange for a fee. Bear in mind that the only way you can rebuild bad credit is to pay your creditors and be consistent with your current payments.
Sadly, many consumers are tempted to try out these instant fix offers from so-called credit repair agencies. But paying for these fake services will not do you any good. Even worse, you only submit yourself to a deeper debt situation as your hard-earned money goes to waste. If you have a problem with poor credit, the best thing to do is to work on improving your credit history the legal way.
Check the Details of Your Credit Report
Any of your creditors can submit false information or unauthorized charges to the credit reporting agencies. This results to errors in your credit report. Nevertheless, the Consumer Reporting Act has made it clear that consumers can dispute incorrect information in their credit history, have them removed and corrected.
There are three major credit bureaus in Canada : Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. You can order a copy of your credit report from these three credit bureaus. Carefully examine your report and check for possible errors. Should you find any, contact the bureau who issued your report immediately and request for corrections.
It is recommended to check your personal credit report at least twice a year. This way, you can closely monitor all your accounts and avoid being a victim of ID theft or fraud. If you own credit cards, you should be particularly watchful of your account as cases of unauthorized credit card charges are common in both the United States and Canada.
On the other hand, if the problem is a result of untimely payments, you should call your lender and request to modify your repayment terms. Explain your situation and the reason why you have failed to submit your payments on time. Many lenders would be willing to make adjustments on behalf of clients who are having difficulty paying off their debts.