Money Back in Your Pocket With a Strong Credit Score

You probably already know that a decent credit score can help you get approved for credit cards, loans, and other financial products. The better your credit score, the more likely you are to be approved.

In addition, you can save a lot of money by building a good credit score. Here’s how you can reclaim money with a strong credit score.

1. Better Interest Rates

Credit cards, car loans, mortgages, personal loans, and more – anything that charges an interest rate will be more affordable if you have good credit. Those with good or excellent credit scores can take advantage of lower interest rates across the board, saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars in interest over time.

For example, car loans for buyers with low credit scores may have higher interest rates than loans for buyers with good credit and may cost thousands of dollars more over the course of the loan.

2. Lower Down Payments

If you have negative information on your credit report that affects your credit score, you may still be able to get credit, but you may have to pay. With a large down payment on a loan, lenders may overlook doubts about your creditworthiness. This is typically the case with mortgages and auto loans.

If your credit is great, the lender may be willing to accept a smaller down payment as you have shown yourself to be capable of managing debt, so you may not have to come up with as much money up front.

Note: If you make a smaller down payment, you’ll have less cash up front, but you’ll pay interest on a larger loan. There is a give and take when it comes to down payments.

3. Better Rewards

Several credit cards, ranging from beginner cards to premium luxury cards, provide rewards like cash back, airline miles, travel credits, and other perks. Some of these credit card rewards can be redeemed to help you save on travel, gift cards, and other purchases.

Those with excellent credit receive the best rewards, the highest cash back rates, and the most luxurious perks.

4. Lower Insurance Premiums

You will also pay more for insurance if you have bad credit. Companies use what’s called a credit-based insurance score to determine a customer’s risk before extending coverage under a new policy (depending on what type of insurance you’re applying for and where you live).

Insurance companies use your credit history to generate your credit-based insurance score, a three-digit number that enables them to determine your risk level. Depending on your credit score, the insurers may deny your policy or charge you a higher premium.

In general, the better your credit score, the lower your insurance premium will be.

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