Suppose you want to borrow money to buy a car. How does the lender decide whether to give you the loan?
Your lender will gauge your creditworthiness and heavily rely on what's written on your credit report. This report will tell a lot about your history and past use of credit.
View an actual credit report.
There are three reporting agencies - Equifax, Experian and TransUnion - that collect information about everyone with credit cards, loans, or other forms of credit. They create a credit report for each person in their files. The information about you includes:
Any lender from which you ask for a loan or credit card can check your credit report to determine if you are eligible for credit.
From the details in the report, the credit reporting agencies also determine your credit score. Lenders can see that too. To learn more about credit scores, click on the "Next" button below.