Here are the steps you should take: Shopping links are provided by e Bay Commerce Network and Amazon, which makes it easy to find the right product from a variety of online retailers.Clicking any of the links will take you to the retailer's website to shop for this product.Forty-seven percent, for example, didn't know that electric utilities might use credit scores to determine how big a deposit customers must make when signing on for service.For these reasons, if your score is lower than you'd like, make an effort to improve it.Please note that Consumer Reports collects fees from both e Bay Commerce Network and Amazon for referring users.We use 100% of these fees to fund our testing programs.But depending on the reason for the poor score, it could take 12 to 24 months to improve, notes Bruce W Mc Clary, vice president of communications at the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, a group that represents nonprofit credit counseling agencies.You can speed up the process by enrolling in a debt-management program and consistently maintaining on-time payments, "but there’s no instant fix," he says.
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Four out of five respondents knew that a score of 700 is considered good but only 22 percent realized that a low score, compared to a high one, could increase the cost of an auto loan by more than ,000.