False reporting to easy for companies
I recently had an auto loan that I have been paying on for about 8 months. I got into a car wreck and the car was totaled. My insurance company issued a settlement within one week and paid majority of the car loan off. There was a $2000 deficiency. However, I went an received another loan from the same company for a new car, they took the deficiency and financed it into the new loan. All of this happened within about 2 - 3 weeks of my accident. The pay off, the new car and loan.
So after a week, I receive an alert from the credit bureau stating that the company reported the deficiency as a "bad debt, collection or skip". It went form paid as agreed to bad debt. I was never late ever. Of course I called the company and I am working this out.
However my grief it completely with these credit reporting agencies because this incident recognizes that there is absolutely no security layer for any company reporting to these agencies having to submit "legitimate, accurate and absolutely true" information. They are able to report whatever they please and it affects my credit. Of course it will be a battle for me to get this off even though the information is totally false.
If a credit bureau reports my personal information, it should be held accountable for any information placed on my file, they need to prove that I actually owe this and not give companies the sole access to place any information at their leisure. I paid my loan on time, the company received a lump sum and the loan was paid of 3 years early but yet they managed to report negative information. It wasn't even 30 days or 60 days. It was 7 days and it was not even delinquent or late. But yet it was able to be reported that way.
I think there needs to be some type of accountability and penalty in place if these agencies do not verify and when I mean verify it needs to be dealt with the consumer. companies should be required to file with the consumer that an amount is being placed on your credit file and there needs to be a dispute period BEFORE it can be placed on your credit.
The same way the justice system has to proof your guilt beyond of the reasonable doubt, credit reporting agencies need to be required to do the same. Seems like you can place something on someone's credit file within 30 seconds but false information takes months and a lot of back and forth effort to get it removed.