HELP!! Need a new car with terrible credit. How do I repair instantly??

I have owned my own house and had credit cards and paid on time and paid them off. The house I sold. I lost my job and ended up in debt about $7,000. Now I need a new car and want to lease. Well, I am going to call the collections and pay of my debt, but how long before it looks good again? How do I make it look... show more I have owned my own house and had credit cards and paid on time and paid them off. The house I sold. I lost my job and ended up in debt about $7,000. Now I need a new car and want to lease. Well, I am going to call the collections and pay of my debt, but how long before it looks good again? How do I make it look better to leasing agents? Please help!
Update: Thanks Stud! Good advice..and anything that promotes more shopping. ;-) *joking* ok well a little.
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