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What is a credit score?
Your credit score – or credit rating - is one of the tools that lenders use to decide whether to lend to you. It's a three-digit number that's used to represent your borrowing history and how likely it is that you’'ll keep up with any new loan repayments. Some of the factors that can affect your score are detailed on your credit report. Your credit score isn't fixed and can increase or decrease over time depending on your financial behaviour.
How is my credit score calculated?
In the UK, there are three main credit reference agencies that calculate your score: Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. It's not an exact science though, and each agency uses different data and a different calculation to form your score. ClearScore use Equifax data to display your credit report and rating.
Why have I been refused credit?
If you've been turned down for credit, it's only natural to ask why. The good news is that there is no credit blacklist and being refused once doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to get credit again.
The reasons why you've been declined depend on the individual lender's policies but here are a few common reasons for refusing credit:
- Your credit report shows you already have several loans and the lender's concerned you might not be able to afford another one
- You might not fit the lender's profile e.g. a mortgage lender who specialises in first-time buyers
- You have never had credit before so lenders can't assess how you would behave as a borrower
- You have outstanding CCJs, missed or late payments, or an unstable income
- You change address frequently
Why should I check my credit report?
Knowledge is power. Checking your free credit report regularly can help you see exactly what is affecting your score – good and bad. It also means you'll be able to spot any mistakes quickly and challenge them with the relevant credit reference agency.
With ClearScore, you can check your credit score for free any time, find tips for how you could improve your score, and receive an alert to let you know when anything has changed.
Your credit score can and will change over time. At CarFinance 247, we work with a panel of lenders so that we can look to find finance options for people with a variety of different circumstances. We might be able to able even if you've been refused elsewhere.
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