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MoneySupermarket.com provides advice to consumers applying for credit in 2013
In the aftermath of Christmas 2012's debts, more than one in six* people may be looking to consolidate their debts or take out new loans or credit cards this New Year, according to a recent poll from
MoneySupermarket. Yet borrowers should take time to understand their credit file before applying. The UK's number one comparison site offers useful tips for those applying for credit, to maximise chances of being accepted and avoid blemishing credit profiles.
The MoneySupermarket site poll* found of those who are planning to borrow money this year, 43 per cent plan to transfer their existing debt onto a zero per cent balance transfer card, while a third (34 per cent) will take out a loan. A quarter of those needing to borrow (23 per cent) plan to apply for a zero per cent purchase credit card.
Tim Moss, head of loans and debt at MoneySupermarket.com, said: "It is vitally important people understand their credit file before applying to avoid rejection or being offered higher rates than expected. Each lender applies their own criteria when processing an application and it is almost impossible to second guess when applying. Consumers need to be savvy and understand what they can do to minimise the risk of being rejected.
"If you know your credit score is less than perfect, or you don't have much of a credit history, it's not the end of the road as there are steps you can take to improve your rating and increase your chances of getting a loan. Doing a little bit of research and using MoneySupermarket's
SmartSearch tool, which matches borrowers with suitable credit card products without leaving a footprint on your credit file, can make all the difference between being accepted or rejected from receiving a loan or credit card in 2013."
MoneySupermarket.com offers the following tips to improve your chances of being accepted for credit: