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Debt Coach vs. Your Provider

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Daniel Cohen
UpdatedMar 20, 2023
Key Takeaways:
  • Debt Coach uses industry averages to calculate costs.
  • A significant difference, higher or lower, is a reason for suspicion.
If a debt resolution provider I am considering quotes me a significantly higher cost than Debt Coach am I being ripped off?

My provider that I am considering quoted me a very different payoff than what Debt Coach accurately quoted me. Am I getting ripped off?

The short answer to your question is, “maybe.” Read on for my longer, more complete answer.

During the time our developers were coding our Debt Coach application, we shopped bankruptcy lawyers, debt settlement and credit counseling providers who had good reputations to learn the costs for each of these approaches. Then, after we developed the alpha version of Debt Coach, we tested our average numbers again against the providers we believe represent their industry and found small discrepancies, as you would expect, but nothing significant statistically.

It would surprise me to learn our results are “very different” from a reputable provider, and you should be cautious in dealing further with this provider. A deal significantly lower in cost or shorter in payoff may be too good to be true. A deal significantly greater in cost or longer in payoff would be suspicious, too. You should shop around, so you can compare what different debt settlement companies say.

If you are considering an offer from a debt settlement provider, be aware the debt settlement industry is now required to follow rules issued by the Federal Trade Commission that went into effect in October, 2010. These rules were created to protect the consumer from unscrupulous debt settlement providers. I will not quote all of the new rules here, but the key rule is anyone enrolling in a debt settlement program is not required to pay a service fee to the settlement firm until his or her first account is settled.

Make sure any debt settlement firm you consider complies with the FTC rules. In my experience, the good ones state they do up-front. The bad ones dance around this question, or claim the FTC rules do not apply to them.

See the article Protect Yourself From Debt Relief Scams to learn which signs to beware when choosing a debt resolution provider. partners with debt resolution providers who comply with FTC rules, and have a track record of good customer service. Complete this form to receive a no-cost, no-obligation, no-gimmick quote from a pre-screened debt resolution provider that is right for your situation.

I hope this information helps you Find. Learn & Save.



Debt statistics

Debt is used to buy a home, pay for bills, buy a car, or pay for a college education. According to the NY Federal Reserve total household debt as of Q4 2022 was $16.91 trillion. Auto loan debt was $1.55 trillion and credit card was $0.99 trillion.

According to data gathered by from a sample of credit reports, about 26% of people in the US have some kind of debt in collections. The median debt in collections is $1,739. Student loans and auto loans are common types of debt. Of people holding student debt, approximately 10% had student loans in collections. The national Auto/Retail debt delinquency rate was 4%.

The amount of debt and debt in collections vary by state. For example, in Connecticut, 22% have any kind of debt in collections and the median debt in collections is $1427. Medical debt is common and 10% have that in collections. The median medical debt in collections is $490.

To maintain an excellent credit score it is vital to make timely payments. However, there are many circumstances that lead to late payments or debt in collections. The good news is that there are a lot of ways to deal with debt including debt consolidation and debt relief solutions.

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