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The Steep Price of Auto Loans and Insurance

Posted by on February 21, 2013

Are you paying too much for auto loans and insurance? You may, and it’s likely that you never even knew it. That’s because 5 percent of U.S. consumers may have an error on their credit report that could leave them paying higher premiums for everyday products, according to a report issued this week by the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. governmental agency.

The report, issued after years of study, is among the most in-depth and first of its kind to assess the accuracy of U.S. credit reports. “These are eye opening numbers for American consumers,” Howard Shelanski, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics told CNBC. “The results of this first-of-its-kind study make it clear that consumers should check their credit reports regularly. If they don’t, they are potentially putting their pocketbooks t risk.

Meanwhile, the Consumer Data Industry Association flipped the script. It spoke of the report’s positives. “The study showed that 95 percent of consumers are unaffected by errors in their credit report,” the association said a press release.

While 95 percent may seem like a high number, it’s simply not good enough. The 5 percent of Americans who are adversely affected likely equates to hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people. The problem is that most people wouldn’t even know these errors exist had this first-of-its-kind report not been conducted. Americans are allowed to check their credit report for free once a year. If they check it more than that it costs. The fees alone will likely discouraged people from constantly monitoring their scores. And one also wonders if checking it once a year is the same as due diligence. These mistakes need to be cleared up immediately.

One Response to The Steep Price of Auto Loans and Insurance

  1. Amy

    The first thing all consumers must do is get the free copy of their credit reports. There are three agencies, and consumers need to check each one as they may each have different

    Financial Institutions may use any or all of the three when reviewing a loan application.
    Although once a year may not be enough, it is certainly a good place to start. If you do find something you believe to be an error, you have the right to dispute that.

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