Didn't use my card now can't get credit anywhere !

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Hi,

I have problem. In 2007 I opened a Alliance and Lecister account. When I did this I got a credit card as well because it was part of a deal. I never used the card, I was worried about debt.

Now I need a credit card, so I can buy some tickets to Korea to visit a friend. I can't get credit anywhere. 6 months ago I was refused a mobile phone from "3", then 3 months ago I was refused a mobile from "carphone warehouse" and now I have been refused a credit card from santander. (Despite being with them for 4 years and being told it was guaranteed to be accepted).

So what do I do ? Everything else is in order, no problems at all. But I feel annoyed that I can't do anything about this.

Thanks for any help.
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  • PudseyDB
    PudseyDB Posts: 1,144 Forumite
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    tbh i dont understand how not using a credit card in the past would stop banks letting you have one now. It shouldnt affect your credit rating. Could there be another reason you may have been refused?
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  • CLAPTON
    CLAPTON Posts: 41,865 Forumite
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    what do your credit records say
    are you on the electoral roll
  • opinions4u
    opinions4u Posts: 19,411 Forumite
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    Anybody would think that credit was easier to get prior to the Credit Crunch, wouldn't they?
  • nausey
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    I am on the electoral roll at my current address for 5 years. Until about 6 months ago my alliance and lecister account was assigned to my family house but once I decided to stay at the flat I'd been at during University I switched it over.
  • molerat
    molerat Posts: 32,045 Forumite
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    Get a credit report, check the stickies to find out how. That will show what the lenders are seeing about your finances.
  • macman
    macman Posts: 53,098 Forumite
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    Having a credit card is no proof of credit worthiness unless you have used it and demonstrated that you can make the repayments on time-that's what the scorers look for.
    People often say,' I have never had a debt, why can't I get credit'? It's precisely for that reason.
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  • nausey
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    Oh yer I understand that I've made the mistake of having a credit card and not using it, however, I don't know how to fix this issue ? How can I build up better credit from having apparently bad credit at the moment because of it ?
  • KingElvis
    KingElvis Posts: 4,100 Forumite
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    nausey wrote: »
    Oh yer I understand that I've made the mistake of having a credit card and not using it, however, I don't know how to fix this issue ? How can I build up better credit from having apparently bad credit at the moment because of it ?

    Firstly, you need to check your credit report at the three reference agencies, Experian, Equifax and Call Credit.

    If this is in order, you'll need to get a credit building card and use it for 6 -12 months.

    Bottom of the pile is Vanquis, if you have a pulse you can get one of these. Next up is Aqua, Crapital One Classic / Progress and then it's the top of the subprime pile, Barclaycard Initial.

    You can find out if you can get an Initial card with no search damage to your credit file by clicking HERE and filling in the form.

    Don't expect an amazing limit on any of these cards for a start.

    Good luck.
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  • macman
    macman Posts: 53,098 Forumite
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    nausey wrote: »
    Oh yer I understand that I've made the mistake of having a credit card and not using it, however, I don't know how to fix this issue ? How can I build up better credit from having apparently bad credit at the moment because of it ?

    Simply start using it. and pay the full balance off each month if you have no need for long term credit.
    You don't have a bad credit record at present -you simply have no credit record!
    No free lunch, and no free laptop ;)
  • izools
    izools Posts: 7,513 Forumite
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    nausey wrote: »
    6 months ago I was refused a mobile phone from "3"

    I'd be very concerned about this - Three have got to have the laxest credit scoring system I have ever come across... They approved me for a contract the day after I was discharged from Bankruptcy; with six outstanding defaults on my credit file...

    You would be wise to obtain a copy of your statutory credit reports from Experian, Equifax, and Call Credit to see what is lurking there; chances are there is either incorrect data which you need to write to the company concerned about or data relating to an account that you forgot about and is now in serious arrears / default.
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