There are steps borrowers with questionable credit can take even before applying for an auto loan that can improve their chances for an approval

Our experience

From our experience the results pretty much speak for themselves when consumers with damaged credit allow themselves time before applying for a car loan to, among other things, check their credit reports and correct any mistakes.

We know this because here at Auto Credit Express we've spent more than two decades helping car buyers with bad credit looking for online car loans find those dealers that can help arrange for car loan approvals.

We also have no problem passing along the advice of others and not long ago we came across an article from the U.S. Government's web portal that does a good job of explaining how to improve credit and credit scores. So here are some excerpts from it:

5 Steps to Help You Improve Your Credit Score

So what should you do if you want to improve or maintain a good credit score? The following tips might help.

1) Request a free credit report

You can request a free copy of your report every 12 months from each of the three main credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. The official website to get your free credit report is

2) Understand Your Credit Report

Understanding your credit report will help you make better decisions when it comes to your finances, because your credit score is based on your credit report. It includes personal information about you such as:

• Your payment history.
• How many loans you have and how much you owe.
• If you have ever filed for bankruptcy.

3) Check Your Credit Report

Sometimes information on your credit report might be incorrect or incomplete. That's why you should check it periodically.

If you do find a mistake, these agencies must:

• Investigate the discrepancy usually within 30 days and correct it if necessary.
• Notify the company that provided the incorrect information.
• Provide you with a free copy of your credit report if changes are made.

The Federal Trade Commission has more detailed information on how to access free credit reports.

4) Pay Your Bills on Time

Paying your bills on time is an important factor in determining your credit score and showing your creditors that you are a responsible consumer. But there are other factors that might impact your credit score:

• Be selective when you apply for credit as too many applications may negatively affect your score.
• Don't go over your credit limits. In fact, it is better to stay well below them.
• Pay down your debt with regular payments.

5) Get Professional Help

A budget might help you pay your bills on time. If you owe too much or are unable to pay your bills, you might want to consider a credit counseling agency. They can help you to manage your finances or figure out a plan to pay off your debt.

Be careful when seeking out these services, they might charge excessive fees and that can put you deeper in debt. The Federal Trade

Commission has more information about credit counseling agencies and how they can help you improve your credit score.

Some advice from us

Sometimes correcting any mistakes and taking other steps doesn't go far enough to qualify borrowers for a traditional car loan.

In these instances, these car buyers should understand that there are probably other options other than a BHPH car loan. That's because Auto Credit Express specializes in matching consumers with damaged car credit with dealers that can offer them their best opportunities for approved car loans.

So if you're ready to establish your auto credit, you can begin now by filling out our online car loan application.