People filing for bankruptcy often ask this question: Will bankruptcy ruin my credit forever? The short answer is no, but it is a little more complicated than that. Here’s what you need to know.
When you declare bankruptcy, it does stay on your credit report for anywhere from seven to ten years depending on the type of bankruptcy you filed. While that bankruptcy is on your credit history, some lenders may view it as a red flag, which in turn means you may find it difficult to obtain new loans or lines of credit. That’s the potential negative impact of bankruptcy on your credit.
But there are also lenders who have specific lending programs designed to meet the needs of bankruptcy customers. You’ll likely have to settle for higher interest rates because all lenders view you as a higher risk for default due to that bankruptcy on your credit report.
Whether your credit score goes up or down after filing bankruptcy depends on a variety of factors. If your credit score was already very low when you filed bankruptcy, then it might go up after your bankruptcy is discharged because you’ll have much less delinquent debt than before.
But however it works out, the most important thing is to start proactively rebuilding your credit as soon as possible after filing bankruptcy. That’s how you make the most of the fresh start bankruptcy was designed to give you.
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At Day One Credit we are experts at finding the best possible bankruptcy car loans in order to help our customers purchase high-quality used cars. We are not lawyers, we do not give legal advice, and nothing we say should be taken as legal advice. Your first step in anything related to bankruptcy should always be seeking the advice and counsel of a qualified bankruptcy attorney.