Our latest writer is a short order cook for a restaurant in Oakland California. He has had this job for the past two years at this busy local establishment. While the pay is not great, it is consistent and he is paid on a weekly basis. He does not have any credit cards and no savings to draw on for emergency requirements. He does have an older model vehicle which is fully paid for. He pays his rent on his apartment on a regular basis and does not have any late payment charges against him.
This consumer has made several fundamental mistakes. First he parks in areas where he is regularly receiving parking tickets. Parking tickets are expensive and add up over time especially when you do not pay them, which is his second mistake. Apparently he has $1125 in overdue parking tickets. His license is up for renewal and the city will not issue a new license to him until he pays his overdue tickets plus interest. He cannot afford to be caught driving without a license. He needs his car to get back and forth to work.
The good news is that he does not have any other debt. He does not have any credit cards and he does not owe anything on his older model vehicle. While this is enviable, it also means he really does not have a credit rating. Credit ratings are established by borrowing money and repaying the funds as per the terms of the agreement. This can be loans, credit card debt or mortgages. Since he has non of these things, he does not have a credit rating. He does pay his rent and utilities on time which is in his favor.
He needs an easy loan of $1125 by the end of the week so that he can pay his parking tickets and also renew his license. Since there are no savings, he needs a loan. The loan likely will be approved, however under the circumstances, the cost of the loan will be high compared to someone who had a good to excellent credit rating. While the cost will be high, he really has no choice.
He may have to work extra hours or find a second job to help pay this loan off quickly. If he can repay the loan quickly, his interest costs will be lower and he will have started to acquire a good credit rating which may come in useful in the future. We suggest that he also apply for one credit card and use it sparingly. Keep the spending limit low so that he is not tempted to spend money he does not have. This step will also assist in establishing a better credit rating. Most importantly, he must pay all of his monthly payments on time each month and never miss a payment. His credit rating would tank if he were to allow this sort of thing to occur.