Reasons why you keep getting turned down for credit

Once a loan application for a long or short term loan is completed to borrow money for a specific purpose, the potential borrower eagerly awaits the result of the application so that he may receive the funds needed to achieve his ambitions, whether for business, car purchase, or holiday.

A declined application means that a life goal is left unfulfilled.  Lenders refuse long and short term lending based on a person’s credit-worthiness and loan default risk.  The criteria used to determine credit-worthiness and the ability to repay loans may differ between lenders and creditors.

Those that have experienced a loan application decline may register with a credit checking agency to obtain their personal credit score and a credit report.  A credit report provides the information needed to understand how the credit score contributed to the loan refusal.

Common reasons people are turned down for long or short term loans include:

  • Not being registered on the electoral roll for voting
  • Being a victim of a credit fraud and identity theft
  • Defaulting on loans historically
  • Having County Court Judgments (CCJs)
  • A lack of credit history or interest payments
  • Opening too many accounts and leaving some inactive

Some people with suitable credit scores may be declined loans.  When this happens, it is important to understand why, including the creditor’s assessment criteria, so that the underlying cause may be addressed. Too many loan rejections can also be detrimental to future loan prospects.