Credit Basics

Improving Your Credit

You’ve bought things on credit and made payments with the best of intentions.  You’ve established a credit history, but that history may be a little less than perfect.  Not to worry. Even if your credit is nothing to brag about right now, there are ways to improve it.

Steps to improving your credit.

  • Contact the creditor if you have, or are at risk of falling behind on payments
  • Get up to date with payments
  • Setup payment reminders to ensure bills are paid on time
  • Create a budget to pay down and pay off balances
  • Pay credit cards in full monthly
  • Check your credit report for errors
  • Limit applications for credit – lots of inquiries can signal a higher risk

Missing one payment might not be too hard to correct.  Missing a lot of payments is a different story and so remember, improving your credit takes time.  Also, previously reported bad credit does not disappear once an account is brought current.  The process of improving credit is built on sustained, good habits. 

 

What is on your credit report?

Checking your credit is an important task that should be done at least annually. How?  It’s easier than you think.  Federal law entitles you to one free copy of your credit report every year from each of the three credit reporting agencies.  Order online at annualcreditreport.com or call 1-877-322-8228.

 

If you have questions about your credit history or basic identification information, contact:

 

Equifax

Equifax Credit Information Svs, Inc

P.O. Box 740241

Atlanta, GA 30374

1-800-685-1111

www.equifax.com

 

TransUnion LLC

Consumer Disclosure Center

PO Box 1000

Chester, PA 19022

1-800-916-8800

www.transunion.com

 

Experian

National Consumer Assistance

PO Box 2002

Allen, TX 75013

1-888-397-3742

www.experian.com

 

If you believe a credit bureau contains inaccurate information about your Ford Credit account, send a dispute in writing to: 

 

Ford Credit

Customer Service Center

Credit Dispute Department

PO Box 542000

Omaha, NE 68154-8000

 

Please include the following when submitting a dispute to Ford Credit:

  • Name
  • Account Number (Ford Credit)
  • Reason for the dispute, including the specific reporting information/date(s) disputed
  • Copy of credit bureau report entry that is being disputed (relevant pages only)
  • Current address to send the response 

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