When it comes to finding cheap car finance in Ottawa, you have plenty of options. Unless, that is, you have a less than perfect credit history. As a result of the recession a tremendous number of people have suffered at the hands of credit cards, store cards, loans, overdrafts and credit agreements, and this has resulted in more poor credit histories than ever before.
A credit history is a detailed account of how you have managed in keeping up with repayments on previous or current financial commitments, from your sofa to your overdraft, from your store card to your mortgage. If you make a payment a little late, this will be automatically recorded on your credit history, as will any missed paymentsAll of this negative information can quickly begin to pile up, and many entries on credit histories remain on file for up to six years after the debt has been cleared.
When looking for car loans in Kanata it is important to be aware of the fact that although you can’t escape your credit history, you actually do not have a credit score. There is no such thing as a credit score on file for you. What tends to be referred to as a credit score is the assessment which a car finance firm or other credit firm makes based on the data in your credit history.
Vehicle finance firms, banks, credit card companies and car loan companies will all have different means of rating your credit history, with some being more thorough than others, more harsh than others or more lenient. This is why sometimes you can apply for cheap car finance with one car loan company, and be declined, yet you are still able to get cars on finance from elsewhere.
It’s also important to be aware of the fact that you don’t even have one single credit history. In Canada there are two main credit agencies, and although some credit companies will register your accounts with all three, this is rare, and you generally find your financial data is only registered with one or two of the agencies. This means that any finance firm which carries out a credit check is only actually checking one of the three potential credit histories, and each of these histories may differ slightly in terms of the negative information held.
Because of this fact, coupled with the different ways in which finance firms and car loan companies rate a credit history, you can often find that shopping around results in you being more successful in getting approved for cars on finance. However, a word of warning. Because although based on this information it sounds tempting to simply go out and apply for car finance with every car dealer and finance company you can find, this is likely to work against you, and actually lower your credit rating. This is because whenever you approach a car finance company for a car loan in Ottawa they will carry out a credit check, and this check will be recorded on your credit history. Only the fact that a credit check was carried out is recorded – the result of the application isn’t known.
But if car loan companies see that you have made a dozen applications for car finance in the last week they’re almost certainly going to turn you down. They’ll do this because they won’t know how many of those applications were successful, and how many you’ve taken up. Potentially you could be seriously over committing yourself, and so they’ll decline you.