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Fix your credit with bad-credit loans

A bad credit score can really hinder your ability to get a loan, whether it's for a new car or for a home mortgage. Bad-credit loans can be the answer. While hard to get, there are several ways such loans can improve your credit and the likelihood of securing a normal loan later.

Consider the following tips in your quest to get back on track with credit.

Manage your debt

Managing your debt is the first step to improve your credit score, thus inching closer to securing a loan. Before turning to debt management advisers, however, try to manage the debt on your own. Credit counseling services usually charge a fee, which will only add to your debt.

Avoid the credit history quick-fix

If your credit score is low and you really need a loan, you may be looking for a "quick fix" to solve your financial woes. Unfortunately, these quick fixes are more risky than advantageous and are likely to lead you in the wrong direction. By getting your debt under control and maintaining discipline, your credit score will improve over time. Avoid scammers who prey on those seeking bad-credit loans.

Report good behavior

Make sure all of your good behavior is on your file at the major credit bureaus. Call your companies or research online to ensure your payment history is being tracked. You can check your credit history once a year from each of the main credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Request your files at AnnualCreditReport.com.

Use a secured credit card

Once you have paid your debts, start repairing your credit by using a secured credit card. The credit card's limit is matched by cash collateral you provide, which keeps you from spending more than you have. Watch out, however, for secured credit cards with hidden fees.

Bad-credit loans are difficult to obtain, so repairing your credit is crucial. With a little patience, your credit can get back to normal and loans will be easier to secure.

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