This is another method not to be taken lightly. If you have a trusted friend or family member with good credit history and that person agrees to add you as an authorized user onto their credit card, their positive account information will likely be recorded on your credit reports as well. But not all credit card issuers report account activity for authorized users, so you may want to have the primary cardholder ask whether authorized user account information is reported to all three major consumer credit bureaus. It’s a bit of a double-edged sword, though — if you or that person makes any late payments or racks up debt on the card, it could negatively affect both of your scores.
Information on how you handle credit is kept in credit reports at the three major consumer credit-reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Lenders can use information in those reports and your credit scores, which are based on the information in your reports, when reviewing your loan application. Your credit scores help them understand how likely you are to repay any credit they might extend to you.
Most online lenders offer installment loans to their customers. The financial products are different since they come with a flexible payment schedule and you can pay over several months. If you can meet the requirements, this is definitely an option you want to consider because it not only comes with lower interest rates but also the premiums are even and distributed over a predefined period.
Brittney Mayer is a contributing editor for BadCredit.org, where she uses her extensive research background to write comprehensive consumer guides aimed at helping readers make smarter, more informed financial decisions on the path to building better credit. Leveraging her vast knowledge of the financial industry, Brittney’s work can be found on several websites, including the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, US News & World Report, CreditRepair.com, Lexington Law, CardRates.com, and CreditCards.com, among others.
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