Fixing errors on your credit report is another way you can improve
your credit. Why? Because mistakes on your credit report can
negatively impact your credit history, which could hinder you from
getting approved for financing.
According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB),
incorrect information listed on consumers’ credit report is the number
one complaint the CFPB receives. Additionally, a study by the Federal Trade Commission found that
26 percent of participants identified at least one error on their
credit report, and 5 percent were paying higher interest rates due to
those errors. The study also found that about 10 percent of consumers
who disputed errors found in their credit report wound up with better
credit scores, making them more eligible for better loan or financing terms.
What are common errors you should look for in your credit report?
Mistakes in your name, phone number or address
Loans, credit cards, or other accounts that are not yours
Reports showing late payments that you paid on time
Accounts you closed that are listed as open
How can I fix errors found in my credit report?
The CFPB suggests checking your credit report at least once a year to
keep track of your credit history. If there are errors in your credit
report, you can go about getting them fixed by first contacting the
credit reporting agency and the creditor that provided the
information. Explain what you think is wrong and why, and include
copies of documents that support your dispute.
Your credit reports will come with instructions on how to dispute
mistakes and/or request a fraud alert. You can get one free credit
report from each of the big three major credit bureaus — Equifax,
Experian and TransUnion — every 12 months. To obtain a copy, visit annualcreditreport.com or call 877-322-8228.
If you are on a journey to improving your credit and need help
getting approved to finance a vehicle, a car dealer enrolled in the
Credit Acceptance program can help. Simply fill out the Start Your Credit
Approval form on our website to get started!