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Will Paying Off My Auto Loan Raise My FICO Score?

Will paying off my auto loan raise my FICO score?

I just paid my last payment on my Auto loan. Will this raise my fico score? I still have a bike I am almost finished paying on.

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It is impossible for me to say whether this will raise your FICO score. Unfortunately, credit scoring is much too complex a calculation for me to tell you specifically if your credit score should improve without knowing much, much more about your credit history. Even if I had a copy of your credit report, it would be difficult for me to tell you when and if your score would improve based on your current credit history. What I can say is that, generally speaking, paying off debt tends to help a persons credit rating. Below I will provide you with an overview of the different factors that impact your credit scores.

1. Payment history

Payment history counts for approximately 35% of a score. It is the most heavily weighted factor used in calculating your credit score. Consistently paying your bills on time has a positive influence on your score, while late or missed payments will hurt you in this area.

If you have delinquent payments, the older the delinquency the less the negative impact on your score will be. Collection accounts and bankruptcy filings are also taken into consideration when analyzing your payment history.

2. Total debt and total available credit

Total debt and total available credit counts for about 30%. This section looks at how much debt you have compared to the total available credit on your accounts. If all of your accounts are maxed out, you will be considered a poor credit risk, because it appears that you are struggling to pay off the debt you have already incurred.

If your account balances are relatively low compared to your available credit, this part of the risk analysis should help your overall credit score. The score calculation also looks at these two factors independently.

Having too much available credit, whether you have used it or not, could hurt your credit score, as statistical studies have shown that people with excessive amounts of available credit are a higher credit risk. Unfortunately, the bureaus do not define exactly what they consider excessive, so best tip is to use credit conservatively and to keep your debt-to-credit limit ratio low.

3. Length of positive credit history

Length of positive credit history counts for about 15%. The longer you maintain accounts in good standing, the better your score will be. This shows that you are able to make a long-term commitment to a creditor and are consistently responsible about making your payments.

4. Mix of types of credit

Mix of types of credit counts for approximately 10%. Having several different types of credit, such a credit cards, consumer loans, and secured debt, will have a positive influence on your credit score. Having too much of one type of credit can have a negative impact.

5. New credit applications

The number of new credit applications you have recently completed accounts for about 10% of your score. Applying for too much new credit in a short time period makes indicates that you could be credit risk, as you may be desperately trying to keep your head above water. The models make an exception for people who are shopping around for a loan, so if you are simply applying to see who can give you the best rate on a new loan, you need not worry too much about damaging your credit score.

While you cannot calculate your own credit score accurately, you can review your credit report for on the five factors named above to get an idea of whether the accounts listed on your credit report are hurting or helping your credit score. You can then take action to improve any potential problems, such as paying down your balances or paying off collection items.

Generally speaking, if you are carrying more than $5,000 in credit card debt or are struggling with credit card or revolving debts, you should solve this problem first. If you are interested in applying for help with one of Bill's approved debt help partners, click here: Debt Help.

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

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Bill

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