Why Is My Credit Score So Low?

Why Is My Credit Score So Low?

A Low credit score can be fixed and Boyer Auto Loans can help.

Boyer Auto Loans can help you turn your credit from bad to good.

Understanding the Factors Behind Your Creditworthiness

Your credit score plays a crucial role in your financial life. It affects your ability to secure loans, obtain favorable interest rates, and impacts your chances of renting an apartment or getting a job.

Have you recently checked your credit score?  If not, “Check it Now”!

  • Did you find it disappointingly low?
  • Do you want to know why?

Let’s explore the key factors contributing to a low credit score, helping you understand why.

Payment History:

One of the most significant factors influencing your credit score is your payment history. Lenders want to see a track record of responsible borrowing and timely repayments. If you’ve missed payments on your loans, credit cards, or bills, it can negatively impact your credit score. Late payments, defaults, or accounts sent to collections can stay on your credit report for several years, dragging your score down.

Credit Utilization:

Credit utilization refers to the percentage of your available credit that you’re currently using. High credit utilization can indicate a reliance on credit and may be seen as a sign of financial instability. Ideally, you should aim to keep your credit utilization below 30% of your total available credit. If your credit cards are maxed out or close to their limits, it can contribute to a lower credit score.

Length of Credit History:

The length of your credit history matters. Lenders want to see a well-established credit history to assess your creditworthiness. If you’re new to credit or have recently opened accounts, your credit score may be lower due to the lack of a long credit history. Building a positive credit history over time by maintaining responsible credit behavior can help improve your score.

Credit Mix:

Having a diverse mix of credit accounts can positively impact your credit score. It shows lenders that you can handle different types of credit responsibly. If your credit history primarily consists of one type of credit, such as credit cards, and lacks other forms like loans or mortgages, it may contribute to a lower score. However, it’s important to note that taking on new credit solely to improve your credit mix is not advisable.

Credit Inquiries:

When you apply for new credit, lenders typically pull your credit report to assess your creditworthiness. These inquiries, known as hard inquiries, can temporarily lower your credit score. Multiple hard inquiries within a short period can raise concerns about your borrowing behavior, potentially impacting your score. On the other hand, soft inquiries, such as checking your own credit score or pre-approval checks, do not affect your credit.

Negative Public Records:

Public records, such as bankruptcies, tax liens, or judgments, can significantly harm your credit score. These records indicate serious financial mismanagement and can stay on your credit report for several years. It’s important to address these issues promptly and work towards resolving them to improve your credit score over time.


Understanding the factors that contribute to a low credit score is the first step towards improving your financial standing.

  • Reviewing your payment history
  • Managing your credit utilization
  • Diversifying your credit mix
  • Maintaining a positive credit history

These Factors can gradually rebuild your credit and increase your score. Remember, improving your credit takes time and effort, but with consistent responsible financial habits, you can pave the way towards a healthier credit profile and better financial opportunities in the future.

Want to learn more and see how we can help.  Read “Poor credit, we can help!”

Ready to see how we can help?  Please visit us or reach out to our finance team below.

You can also get Pre-Approved online!  It’s quick and easy.

Contact Caroline or Josh at 905-427-2500 or email caroline.kilbride@boyerautogroup.com / josh.eikens@boyerautogroup.com