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Credit card borrowers pay dearly for missed payments

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05/02/2007

Missing one credit card payment could mean a cost of £278 and significant damage to a credit record, moneysupermarket.com has found.

Research from moneysupermarket.com shows that 62% of credit cards which offer a 0% balance transfer will automatically revert back to a typical APR if just one payment is missed.

This could cost cardholders up to £278 in avoidable interest charges over the term of the introductory deal.

Rob Kenley, head of credit cards at moneysupermarket.com, said: “Those on a 0% balance transfer introductory period may not be aware of the severe penalties a single missed payment can result in.

“People also need to be aware that failing to make a repayment could have a negative effect on their credit profile. This could make obtaining credit for everything from mobile phone contracts to mortgages much harder.”

 

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