Will Paying Off Installment Loans Increase My Credit Score?
In this week's Wednesday Q & A, we answer the question "Will Paying Off Installment Loans Increase My Credit Score?"
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An installment loan can help your credit in a big way, but only if you pay as agreed. It may also help in a small way by giving you a better credit mix if you only have credit cards.
Installment Loans Can Be Good For Bad Credit. It is also notable that installment loans can be good for bad credit. Your FICO credit score is based on various factors of financial history: 35% Payment History – Repossessions, bankruptcy and late payments decrease this score.
Short-Term Credit-Score Reductions. It's important to remember that any time you apply for a loan, whether it's an installment loan or a revolving loan, the lender makes a hard inquiry against your credit report, and that can cause a small drop in your credit scores.
Personal installment loans are often a good way to finance purchases you need to repay over a period of months or years, as they can usually be obtained with lengths extending up to seven years. Installment loans are often the best financing method for larger purchases, as well.
The installment loan utilization ratio has a minimal effect on your credit score. The ratio acts as a proxy for the length of time the account has been open. New account activity makes up only 10% of your rating.