Credit card companies are offering various options to customers to assist those who are unable to repay their debt to at least pay back part of the amount. Through negotiations, the company can reduce your interest rates and also lower your minimum payments. Various other plans are being offered so that you don’t default on your payments.
However, these benefits are not reaching everyone who needs them. The main problem that you would face if you are trying to get a deal from your credit card company is to find the right person in the company who will and listen to you and be willing to help you. This is because these companies do not have sufficient employees for handling each and every account in which there is a chance of default.
So the first step to cutting a deal is to find a person who has the power to negotiate with you.
Even after you have found the right person to talk to, you would be able to get a deal only if you are in serious financial trouble. Most of the credit card companies do not help their borrowers until they start missing payments, as that would set a bad precedent and everyone might start asking them for a deal.
Remember that if you can pay off the debt then you should always do that. Don’t try to fake financial hardship to get a deal because it wouldn’t be good for your credit score. But if you are in financial trouble, then you will have no choice but to let you credit score fall in order to get through the rough phase.
The company will feel pressurized to settle the debt depending on the amount that is due and how serious they think your financial troubles are. If they feel that you would soon be able to improve your finances and repay the debt then there is very little chance of getting a deal. So be honest about your financial position and show them clear evidence of why you wouldn’t be able to make the payments.
You can also use the help of a trustworthy financial advisor who has a clear understanding of your situation and the terms of your contract with the company. He would be able to advise you on specific points that you should discuss with the company so that your case becomes stronger.