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Is it Illegal???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Shawns Lawns, Mar 11, 2005.

  1. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    Is it illegal for a dealer to run your credit report without your permission? If so what can i do about it? :confused:
  2. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    yes it is, and when they do you can swear at them. If its not in writing i guess you can do something, but i have no idea, well other than swear.
  3. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    How did they get the info to run the credit check?
  4. quiet

    quiet LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 720

    Did you request credit from the dealer and fill out a credit application? Then you consented.

    If not, why would he bother running a credit report on you?
  5. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    Credit checks are run all the time, just get a copy of your credit report and you will see.

    Anyone can run a credit check on anyone.
    Would a bank give you a loan without one?
    People in business do it all the time with their clients, it's good business practice to know who pays and who doesn't.
  6. newleaflandscape

    newleaflandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 348

    Its perfectly legal. For around a hundred bucks you can do a check on anyone online. I always do a check on any commercial contractors before I decide to do there work. What are you so worried about. If you have bad credit then its probably a good thing they are running a check huh?
  7. promower

    promower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,233

    Not without your consent. I assume he ran it if you inquired financing through your dealer. I dont let people run my report unless they really have to, inquiries drop your score. I usually just run my own report if I need financing. Doing a check on yourself wont drop your score.
  8. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,051

    There are 2 different types of inquires, "soft or hard". Hard inquires lower your credit score. If he plulled a hard inquiry he has to have "permissible purpose". In other words you have some sort of financial relationship with his company. Did you fill out a credit application? If not, dispute it with the applicable credit reporting agency.

    Learn all about credit at this free site WWW.creditboards.com
  9. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    I do not know if he did pull a credit report yet. We are in the process of refinancing the home and they told us the more inquiries you get it could lower your score. I put a deposit down last fall for spring lawaway and told them i had a local credit union that i was going to be working with.
  10. Turf Smart

    Turf Smart LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    I seem to get credit card offers in the mail on a daily basis. I learned recently, after obtaining my own credit report for a fee, that there were a large number of "inquiries" listed. Guess where they came from? It can be stopped through writing to the credit reporting agencies listed on your credit report. They do not accept phone calls. I have been told to get a copy of your personal credit report once per year to see if there are any issues.

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