Bad credit explained

Bad credit explained

What does it mean to have bad credit? What causes you to have bad credit, and does that affect your ability to get finance? As vehicle finance experts, we’ve written this guide to answer all these questions so you can understand bad credit and take steps to improve your credit file.

Why do I have bad credit?

Your credit file can be affected by lots of different factors. For example, you could improve it by sticking to the terms of your credit agreements, but it can be negatively impacted if you:

  • Miss a payment
  • Repay a bill late
  • Declare bankruptcy
  • Enter into an IVA
  • Have a CCJ

If you’re still not sure why you have bad credit, or want to know more about what affects your score, then check out our guide on factors that affect your credit score.

How does bad credit affect me?

Whenever you want to borrow money from a lender, they will run credit checks to see if they will lend to you. They’ll base their decision on a number of personal factors, one of which is your credit file.

Mainstream lenders, such high-street banks, will often not lend to customers who they view as having bad credit. This is because someone with bad credit could be seen as risky to lend to.

That’s why you might be charged a higher APR than someone with good credit. So, if you’ve been refused finance elsewhere, you may need to find a specialist lender.

If you have bad credit, you might be looking for no deposit finance. No deposit can be helpful if you don’t have the money right away. However, if you have bad credit, it could be more difficult to find a lender that offers that sort of agreement. For more information, see our guide on no deposit car finance.

Understanding bad credit

We’ve written a series of guides to help you better understand your money and credit. Below are some of the guides we would recommend. They cover some financial jargon such as soft credit checks, affordability checks, and APR. By understanding what they mean, you can know how your credit file affects your chances of getting finance.

What does it mean to have bad credit? What causes you to have bad credit, and does that affect your ability to get finance? As vehicle finance experts, we’ve written this guide to answer all these questions so you can understand bad credit and take steps to improve your credit file.

Why do I have bad credit?

Your credit file can be affected by lots of different factors. For example, you could improve it by sticking to the terms of your credit agreements, but it can be negatively impacted if you:

  • Miss a payment
  • Repay a bill late
  • Declare bankruptcy
  • Enter into an IVA
  • Have a CCJ

If you’re still not sure why you have bad credit, or want to know more about what affects your score, then check out our guide on factors that affect your credit score.

How does bad credit affect me?

Whenever you want to borrow money from a lender, they will run credit checks to see if they will lend to you. They’ll base their decision on a number of personal factors, one of which is your credit file.

Mainstream lenders, such high-street banks, will often not lend to customers who they view as having bad credit. This is because someone with bad credit could be seen as risky to lend to.

That’s why you might be charged a higher APR than someone with good credit. So, if you’ve been refused finance elsewhere, you may need to find a specialist lender.

If you have bad credit, you might be looking for no deposit finance. No deposit can be helpful if you don’t have the money right away. However, if you have bad credit, it could be more difficult to find a lender that offers that sort of agreement. For more information, see our guide on no deposit car finance.

Understanding bad credit

We’ve written a series of guides to help you better understand your money and credit. Below are some of the guides we would recommend. They cover some financial jargon such as soft credit checks, affordability checks, and APR. By understanding what they mean, you can know how your credit file affects your chances of getting finance.

Credit score ranges

We outline the three main credit reference agencies and explain their score ranges so you can understand if you have a good or bad credit score.

Soft credit checks

We use a soft credit check at the point of application, which does not affect your credit score. Read more about soft and hard credit checks in our guide.

Affordability checks

Lenders will do affordability checks when you apply for finance. This helps them decide whether or not to lend to you. Find out more about them here.

What does APR mean?

Annual Percentage Rates (APR) get added on to all loans. If you have bad credit, you might be charged a higher APR – find out what that means in below.

Credit score ranges

We outline the three main credit reference agencies and explain their score ranges so you can understand if you have a good or bad credit score.

Soft credit checks

We use a soft credit check at the point of application, which does not affect your credit score. Read more about soft and hard credit checks in our guide.

Affordability checks

Lenders will do affordability checks when you apply for finance. This helps them decide whether or not to lend to you. Find out more about them here.

What does APR mean?

Annual Percentage Rates (APR) get added on to all loans. If you have bad credit, you might be charged a higher APR – find out what that means in below.

Can I get vehicle finance with bad credit?

Having a poor credit history doesn’t mean you can’t get vehicle finance. But it may make it harder to find a lender that will accept your application. We recognise that even if you have bad credit, you may still need to borrow money to afford a car, van or motorbike for your everyday needs.

As a specialist lender for people with bad credit, we’ve provided finance to thousands of people across the country to help them get the vehicles they need. You could try our car finance calculator to get an idea of which vehicle you might be able to afford.

Can I get vehicle finance with bad credit?

Having a poor credit history doesn’t mean you can’t get vehicle finance. But it may make it harder to find a lender that will accept your application. We recognise that even if you have bad credit, you may still need to borrow money to afford a car, van or motorbike for your everyday needs.

As a specialist lender for people with bad credit, we’ve provided finance to thousands of people across the country to help them get the vehicles they need. You could try our car finance calculator to get an idea of which vehicle you might be able to afford.

What your car loan could look like

Summary

  • Monthly payment: £000.00
  • Total to repay: £00,000.00
  • Calculated APR: 00.0%

Representative 31.9% APR

What your car loan could look like

  • Monthly payment: £000.00
  • Total to repay: £00,000.00
  • Calculated APR: 00.0%

Representative 31.9% APR

Myths about bad credit finance

Everyone’s eligibility for finance is different. If you have bad credit, there are some myths that you should be aware of when you’re researching a finance agreement.

You may have seen some lenders advertising finance that is guaranteed. It’s important to know that guaranteed car finance doesn’t exist, nor does no credit check car finance. It’s a widely promoted topic, but you should be aware that no responsible lender can guarantee any kind of finance.

We’re all different so it’s impossible to have a product that is one size fits all and vehicle finance is no exception. A vehicle finance provider will always need to know your personal circumstances before offering you finance, and that’s why it can never be guaranteed.

Another bad credit myth is that, just because you claim benefits, you have bad credit. However, it is possible to get car finance on benefits.

Myths about bad credit finance

Everyone’s eligibility for finance is different. If you have bad credit, there are some myths that you should be aware of when you’re researching a finance agreement.

You may have seen some lenders advertising finance that is guaranteed. It’s important to know that guaranteed car finance doesn’t exist, nor does no credit check car finance. It’s a widely promoted topic, but you should be aware that no responsible lender can guarantee any kind of finance.

We’re all different so it’s impossible to have a product that is one size fits all and vehicle finance is no exception. A vehicle finance provider will always need to know your personal circumstances before offering you finance, and that’s why it can never be guaranteed.

Another bad credit myth is that, just because you claim benefits, you have bad credit. However, it is possible to get car finance on benefits.

How it works

Make sure you completely understand the vehicle finance agreement that you may be entering. We’ve written a guide that explains how the vehicle finance process works with us.

Our application process

Our application process is quick and easy, and it should only take you 5 minutes to apply online. We’ve written a summary of the application process for vehicle finance.

Improving your credit score

There are many things you can do to improve your credit score, such as making repayments on time. Find out more in our comprehensive guide to improving your credit score.