Information about Internet Postage, Online Bill Pay, eLearning, and other electronic services.

Repair Your Credit & Improve Credit Score

Learn How You Can Repair Bad Credit



Learn Proven Methods of Repairing Credit
Improve Your F.I.C.O. Score & Qualify for Better Rates

People with bad credit and/or a low F.I.C.O score usually have a hard time getting a loan and when they do finally qualify for one they pay higher interest rates.  Higher interest rates cause the monthly payments to be higher.

What is the Price you are already
paying for Bad Credit?

If you are making payments on a car, you are probably paying between $5,000 and $9,000 more in interest just for having bad credit. This added interest shows up every month in a higher payment.

Credit Status Rate Payment Over 5 years Monthly Cost of
Bad Credit
Perfect 10% $424.94 $0.00 $0.00
Mildly damaged 14% $465.37 $4,722.54 $76.17
Damaged 20% $529.88 $8,593.30 $138.60
Bad credit in auto financing can really hurt, but it is nothing compared to the cost of bad credit when a home is involved. A typical home can cost between $50,000 and $130,000 more in interest if you are buying the home with bad credit, as indicated below.
Credit Status Rate Payment Over 30 years Monthly Cost of
Bad Credit
Perfect 7% $655.30 $0.00 $0.00
Mildly damaged 9% $804.62 $50,155.24 $139.31
Damaged 12% $1,028.61 $130,791.63 $363.30
If you are looking to make a major purchase in the next 6 to 12 months you should obtain copies of your credit reports from all three credit agencies ASAP. You can learn more about obtaining and reading your reports as well as a variety of ways to dispute negative information by ordering your copy of "Give Yourself Credit".

Understanding Your Credit Score

Your Credit Score is used by anyone loaning you money. Credit card companies, home equity lenders, auto loan lenders and finance companies all use a model created by Fair, Isaac and Co, the San Rafael, California company that pioneered credit scoring 40 years ago and dominates the field today. This score is most often known as FICO and serves as a snapshot of your credit history. 

A low score can raise the price of your loan and a very low score can mean denial of your loan completely. Here are the approximate percentages that determine your FICO Score.

  • Payment history (35%). The largest factor determined on your FICO score is your basic payment history. The number of unpaid bills you have, any bills sent to collection, bankruptcies etc... The more recent the problem, the lower your score
  • Outstanding Debt (30%). Are your cards maxed out? High balances or more precisely, balances that are close to your credit limit can negatively effect your score. Keep your balances below 30%.
  • Length of your credit history (15%). How long have your accounts been open? The longer, the better.
  • Recent inquiries (10%). Every time you apply for credit of any kind, you create an inquiry on your credit report. Lots of Inquiries negatively effect your score.
  • Types of credit in use (10%). Current loans from finance companies. How many and how much. 

Your score will range between 300 and 870. The higher the better. As your score increases, your credit risk decreases. Exact  numbers differ by lending institution but the average high approval score is 680 or above. Often times your score is taken from all three credit reporting companies  and the middle score or average score is used. 

Depending on the lending institution, your score can cost you. Some lenders will charge a higher interest rate if your score is below 600

When you apply for credit your score does not come directly from FICO. Instead each bureau has its own version of the rating system with its own name.

Equifax is called Beacon
Trans Union is Empirica
Experian is Experian/Fair Issac

A credit score of 680 or above can save you money, especially for home loans. If you are considering a significant loan you will want to be sure to check your credit reports first. If negative items appear on your report you have two choices. Live with it for 7 to 10 years or dispute these items. For more information on repairing bad credit Click Here.



Credit Repair Kit

Credit Repair Kit

Obtain your own credit report, removed negative marks that destroy credit, add positive credit indicators and build powerful credit. This program will show you how.

Contact Us    Site Map    Link to Us    Privacy Statement

2002-09 Learning Link Finders, Inc. - All Rights Reserved | Modified on 04/04/09

Web Page -