A credit score is a weighted number computed to determine your credit worthiness, and is relevant when arranging for credit or a loan. This tag is to be used for questions related to understanding how things would impact your credit score. Related tags are credit-history, credit-rating and ...

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Urgent advice on used car purchase nightmare

I purchased a used vehicle almost 2 years ago and it was breaking down so i decided to turn it in. I was pre-approved through my credit union for $20,000 at 100%. My current loan is upside down by ...
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What effect does a high credit line have on a mortgage?

I have received a letter from my credit card company increasing my credit line and when I spoke about this with a co-worker, they told me that I should request that the company does not increase my ...
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Should I pay half a large balance this month before I get my CC statement?

I have a CC with $6k limit. I normally spend between $0 and $1k on it and pay the balance in full every month. This month I have $4k on it. If I wait until I get a statement to pay it off, will the ...
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Can everybody affect your credit score?

I have been screwed over paying too much for my public transport a few times. The last 3 weeks they have auto topupped me with a disabled credit card, so now it evens out. I use a UK Blue Oyster Card ...
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Is credit score an international thing?

I have moved from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom and credit score is a big thing here, while afaik there is no such thing in the Netherlands. Will a positive or negative credit score in the ...
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What mix of credit lines and loans is optimal for my credit score?

Mint.com just told me my credit score. It says in the advice section: Try to have a good mix of credit lines open. Creditors like to see that you have both loans and credit cards. If you're low ...
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Knowing the bad credit (for loans) in Austria (KSV and similar)

In Italy there is a good service (to be payed about 30€) which access to the information owned by this databases though an easy interface. http://www.mistercredit.it/ Of course you can also have the ...
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What is too much credit utilization on credit card?

Is credit utilization looked by card or total credit? Say I have three credit cards with the following utilizations: Card A Limit: $30000 Balance: $25000 Utilization: 83% Card B Limit: $20000 ...
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Will not using a credit card affect my credit score?

I'm keep receiving the messages such as: We notice you aren't using your X Card. Call X for a PIN, ... Or X for a new card. So the question is, how Credit Card inactivity impacts my credit ...
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Do credit checks affect credit scores?

I've heard what I believe to be a myth surrounding credit scores being affected by companies (loan, mortgage etc.) checking your file. I used to have an experian account, and I noticed quite a few ...
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Raising My Credit Score as a Student

I'm still a student, and I: 1) Have been lucky enough to get a scholarship through my schooling and do not have student loans. 2) I currently live in a city without the need for a car (and actually, ...
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Does your total credit limit or debt affect how much new credit you will receive?

Say a friend of mine owns 10 credit cards with a total credit limit of $100,000 with total CC debt of $10,000. Does the total credit limit affect how much new credit will be approved? Does CC debt ...
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Why was my Credit Limit Increase Denied?

I applied for a credit line increase from Capital One a few weeks ago. A few days ago I got a letter indicated that the increase request was rejected. The two reasons stated were: Primary ...
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Should my credit report be empty

It seems my credit report is empty. When going to annualcreditreport.com, Experian and Equifax both give me generic errors saying my request can't be completed, and TransUnion gives me a report that ...
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Unpaid medical bill - Collection Notice

I do not have any debt in the past 10 years in US. I have good credit score 715+. This has been the case from the beginning. Of late, I had a minor medical emergency and my insurance paid some amount ...
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Capital One Free Credit Report - Effect on Credit Score

I have a Capital One credit card. As part of their online services, they offer free credit score requests. I recently began using that service, up to twice or thrice per month. Capital One ...
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Is there a downside to applying for several credit cards for rewards?

Qantas offers several bonuses (mostly frequent flyer points) for applying for some credit card programs and spending X amount within Y months with that card. Most of these cards have annual fees. I ...
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Will canceling one of my CapOne credit cards hurt my credit score?

I have 2 CapOne credit cards, they show up as 1 account with both their credit limits combined on my credit report. My question is; Could I cancel one of those cards and apply for a better rewards ...
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Can a company run a credit check on me without my permission?

I understand that sometimes when dealing with companies over the phone or over the counter, they need to run a credit check. I would have thought that as a courtesy they would at least tell you this ...
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22 year old with about $3300 in collections, should I pay it all at once or in payments to improve credit score?

I have got about about $3300 in collection. $1400 is from getting evicted about $400 is from a time I over drafted a checking account and the rest is medical bills. Now I also have a auto loan for ...
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Amex Backdating

Reading recently online I have discovered many people talking about Amex "Backdating". Apparently when you open a new card with American Express, they report the age of the account as the same age ...
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Equifax credit report insurance quotations

I have just ordered a credit report from equifax. The credit report shows up all healthy except for a large number of (genuine) 'insurance quotations'. These are car insurance quotations that I have ...
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How long will defect remain in credit history?

I have read this question/answer that suggests that it takes 7 years for items to clear from a credit file. Is this the same in the UK? And in the meantime, if I have late payments showing on my ...
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Applying for a mortgage with multiple lendors in a 2 week period

I've just submitted an online application with a lender for a new home mortgage. I know that this lender pulls all of the 3 reports (EQ, EX, TU) and not FICO. Wondering if I shop around and also ...
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What to do about infrequent false credit judement?

Over the last couple of years I have infrequently had a false credit judgement held against me. Over a year ago I attempted to get a Car loan through a bank and they wouldn not give me the loan due ...
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Why is a US credit score based on credit utilization?

As a European citizen I am somewhat puzzled by how American credit scores work. The US is one of the few, possibly the only country where such a strong focus is put on the utilization history of ...
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Does paying bills or shopping with a credit card build credit better?

Okay, so the only reason I got a credit card was to build credit; Right now I use my credit card 3 times per month to buy gas, then I pay it off as soon as the bill is due. Would it make any ...
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Does it make sense to check your credit score before applying for a first credit card?

Should someone that has never had a credit card before check his/her credit score before applying?
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Using a secured credit card to build a credit score for a new permanent resident

I am a new permanent resident in the US (originally from the Netherlands) and married to an American citizen. I am not used to the credit score system as they use it in the US, so this is all new to ...
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How do I deal with a clinic billing mistake that was sent to collections?

Recently I created a CreditKarma.com account so that I can keep and eye on my credit. Upon logging in, I noticed I have a pretty low score (not that surprising since I just opened my first credit ...
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How does a FICO score start out?

Right now I have 0 credit since I've never had a credit card before, I recently applied for a credit card and got approved so I can start building my credit. I hear that 500-600 is considered very ...
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How much will 3 hard inquiries effect my credit score?

I recently started to build credit, I applied for a CapitalOne card and got approved, about a month earlier I saw the option for Bill-me-Later on eBay, so I had checked if I was eligible, but I ...
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If I want a Credit Card offered through a different Credit Union should I slowly transition my banking to that CU?

The first bank, and subsequent credit card, I got was while in College. Its a small Credit Union that I only bank with now through Shared Branches. It works for me though and my credit score is ...
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Old Cancelled Cards

I was living abroad during the credit crisis, and a few of my credit cards were cancelled for non-use during the crunch to tighten credit. As a result, I have one older account and several newer ...
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Does using savings to pay off debt in bulk look bad on one's credit report?

I have my house deposit, which is pretty much exactly the amount of debt I am in. If I pay off all my debt in one hit, will it look bad on my credit report, or if a bank looks at it and thinks a ...
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Paying for things on credit and immediately paying them off: any help for credit rating?

So I have a big purchase that I have saved up for; I have all the money I need for it. I also have just about zero credit history; I have never had need for it. I recently got my first credit card ...
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Keeping your statement balance below ~30% of your credit limit

I read Little Advisor's article How does that thing with the credit cards work, again? According to the article, you should always keep your balance below 30% of your credit limit. However, I just ...
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How can I correct a mistake on my Credit Score?

I recently just looked at my credit score to try to figure out why I may have been rejected for a credit card. While it is not bad (between 700-725) it is not awesome either. When going through an ...
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What is the best use of “spare” money?

Here are some cliff notes about me: 30 years old immigrant (came to the US late 2009), so no established credit (got a $900 credit card with my bank finally last year) No spouse, no children. Just ...
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What loan options are there for minors? [duplicate]

I'm not yet 18, but I have been studying business for quite a while, paper trading, investments, etc. at this point, I'd like to try my hand at building some credit and making some money, but I am ...
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I am under 18 years old, in the US, my parents have terrible credit, how can I take out a loan?

I am under 18, currently shopping for a car. Like many people, I don't have enough money sitting in my bank account to purchase a good car, around $6,000 to $10,000. However, credit checks have ...
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How will my credit score be affected by a large purchase that raises my utilization if I pay it in full?

My Fiance and I realized that we need to start looking for homes and need to be pre-approved for a home loan. My fiance has better credit then I do, but mine is in good standing. We want to make ...
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Credit score getting lower - but I'm doing everything right?

My credit score has dropped considerably in the past year from ~700 - ~600. This is my first credit card so far, and have only used mainly debit in the past. Thing is, I'm not sure why it's ...
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Do lenders usually do multiple credit inquiries only a month apart?

I am in the process of applying for a home mortgage for the first time and something happened that I found a bit odd. Here's the sequence of events: Before talking to any lenders, I get my credit ...
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Any problem if I continuously spend my credit card more than normal people?

I continuously use my credit card for my friends' expenses. Normally I could spend 20~30K USD each month to get more points/cash back. I don't have large credit limits so in most time I'll put cash ...
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Do I build credit at the same rate when my wife and I share a card?

I searched for this question and found a similar one but wasn't able to find the answer to specifically what I'm asking. My wife and I share a credit card. I believe that she's actually the primary ...
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Is my spouse at risk for a joint filing in a year where I have settled a major debt? [closed]

I settled and wrote-off a major debt. This was recorded as 1099-E income. I incurred all of this debt under my name only, and she was not my spouse at the time I got into the debt. She was my ...
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How to improve the late payment score on credit report

I have a question regarding payment history. I am trying to help a friend improve his credit score. My biggest challenge is that my friend has more than 20% in late payments. My question is how to ...
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Figuring out an ideal balance to carry on credit cards [duplicate]

Until recently, I was under the impression that it's bad for your credit history to not pay all bills on time and in full. However, a banker recently told me that it's a good idea to carry a small ...
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Does being added as an authorized user help credit score?

My wife and I both filed bankruptcy 15 months ago, and are slowly getting our credit back. We both got a credit card from Capital One. Does adding each other to the other's card as an authorized ...