I recently purchased a vehicle and took out an Auto loan from the local credit union. I have run into some extra cash and can actually pay off the car completely. I have a very little credit history, mainly credit cards that are paid off completely each month with no interest accrued. I was wondering will paying off this loan early hurt or help my credit for future purchases, i.e. a house?
I doubt it.
If you have a good track record with your car loan, that will count for a lot more than the fact that you don't have it anymore.
When you look for a house, your debt load will be lower without the car loan, which may help you get the mortgage you want.
Just keep paying your credit card bills on time and your credit rating will improve month by month.
Doubtful. But even if it does, it would be by a minuscule amount and would be a temporary bump. I find it hard to believe that such a small and short term impact on your credit would outweigh the savings in interest charges.
Nope. If there is no prepayment penalty go for it. Find another credit source to use (like a credit card you pay off every month) if you want to get a long history.
Saving money on interest is more important to me than minutia in a credit score.