My husband and I have been working on our credit since Feb. When we first started, we had over $15000 in debt, NASTY credit and tons of collections on our credit reports.
Since then we have been able to remove all of my collections (I had about 10 on my reports), a few hard inquiries off our reports and all but two collections off my husbands reports.
In March we were able to get a car loan with an 8.25% interest and a co signer. Both of our scores were under 500 then.
So after a few months of not working on our credit, I decided today to check into it... My scores are 592 with TU and 582 with EQ. My husbands TU is 599 and his EQ is 562. I about fell out of my chair when I saw these scores. We are hoping to get a newer truck in the end of Sept. once we pay off his old one, and this just goes to show that we should be able to do with decent interest rates and without a co signer!
They did not advise anything when we paid them off.
Some of the things holding my credit down is my AAOA, I've had serious delinquincies in the past, I've had charge offs... things like that. All of those things I am accountable for too, so thats not an issue. I'm just working my butt off to make my credit as good as possible!