This chart blew my mind when I first came across it. Everyone talks about the importance of having good credit but to be able to see it charted out makes you really take a hard look at your financial picture. (See Chart Below)
“The Cost of Bad Credit” simply shows why a good credit score is crucial to your wallet even when talking about the difference of 100 points. Think about this. If you have a 620 credit score and take out a 20,000 car loan at a 9% rate of interest, you are essentially paying $2300 more (over a typical 5 year loan period) than the individual with a 720+ score. That’s number isn’t that crazy but what this chart doesn’t consider is how many vehicles a person will own during their life span. Most Americans keep their vehicles for 5-6 years before looking for something new. If you start driving at the age of 16 and continue buying cars until you reach the age of 80 (and drive until 86), you may end up owning 12 vehicles during your life time. If you were at a loss of $2300 for each of those 12 purchases, your bad credit will have cost you a total of $27,600!!
For having fair credit (a 620 score) you pay $2300 more in interest for the same car purchase as someone with a 720+.
$2300 * 12 vehicles purchases during your life = $27,600 you paid more than the person with good credit. If you really want to get geeky about it, you can assume that the person with good credit reinvested their $27,600 in savings over the years and created an even wider wealth gap!
If losing 27,600 isn’t enough to make you straighten out your credit, than consider that I ran these numbers with a 620 score. Think about the wealth gap being created for the person with a score of 580 or below. And if you want to buy a home at some point you could be talking about 100’s of thousands of dollars you’re losing by not keeping your credit top notch.
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