To begin with, knowing your credit scores is important. If you doubt that’s true, just ask the President. Secondly, the FICO Score Open Access program, once it becomes more widely available, could certainly help all consumers – even those with poor credit, as this would allow borrowers to see the same credit score that lenders use to manage their accounts.
The newest FICO scoring model will penalize consumers with medical collections less than it has in the past. But it will take time to be implemented and, in any case, borrowers, especially those with credit issues, should continue to practice the fundamentals of good credit.
By being able to better judge applicants with past due issues and insufficient information in their credit reports, FICO is taking steps to insure that these consumers will get a better opportunity to obtain credit – a situation that’s particularly relevant to car buyers with poor credit.
The newest FICO scoring model will now reward consumers that pay their collection accounts with a higher score. But while it may take time to be implemented; consumers with poor credit should get a head start by beginning the process of paying off their collection accounts, if for no other reason that it is one of the fundamentals of good credit.
Both discrepancies and differences in data can cause consumer’s credit scores to differ from credit bureau to credit bureau. According to FICO, FICO Score 9 should make the credit scores among bureaus more consistent.
The newest FICO score will help borrowers with problem credit in at least three ways. For one, it will lower the impact of
unpaid medical collection accounts. Secondly, it will ignore collection accounts that have been paid. Finally, it will more
accurately assess consumers with limited credit and checkered payment histories.
The latest program from both Hyundai and Kia is certainly a step in the right direction by offering free, updated FICO scores to borrowers. Unfortunately for most credit-challenged car buyers, not only is its focus too narrow, what’s left unsaid is the minimum credit score or profile required to qualify for it.