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Have a few credit cards but haven't used them for a few years.

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Have a few credit cards but haven't used them for a few years.

I have a few credit cards that I haven't used for 4 or 5 years and they kept sending a replacement to repalce the expired ones. I never call to activate these cards. If I don't activate and use them will they hurt my credit score?

 

Thanks!

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Re: Have a few credit cards but haven't used them for a few years.

If you dont activate it ... it won't work..
7/16/09 - EQ 684, TU 691

7/25/09 - EQ 682 (-2) 7th INQ did it.
8/21/09 - EQ 684 Bounced back from the Inq even though none expired. There was a new credit account opened on the same day. *shrug*
10/23/09 - EQ 691
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Re: Have a few credit cards but haven't used them for a few years.


QTM wrote:

I have a few credit cards that I haven't used for 4 or 5 years and they kept sending a replacement to repalce the expired ones. I never call to activate these cards. If I don't activate and use them will they hurt my credit score?

 

Thanks!



Hi, welcome to the forums!

Have you looked at your credit reports? Do these accounts show as open on your reports, or closed?

If you ignore the cards, there will be no effect on your scores. If the accounts are still open (this can happen with store cards sometimes), activating a card shouldn't hurt. If the accounts are closed, activating a card might hurt if the account now starts reporting with today's date, instead of the original date.

If you get interested in activating one, I'd call first and find out your exact status, and if it would keep the original date.

If you haven't already, please read Understanding Your FICO ® Score and Credit Scoring 101 (at least the first post.)

These will give you the background knowledge you need to understand what you read here on the forums.
* Credit is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master. * Who's the boss --you or your credit?
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Re: Have a few credit cards but haven't used them for a few years.

Here is history of my Credit Score:

 

TransUnion:

930 as of 05/02/2007

815 as of 10/30/2008

912 as of 02/09/2009:

 

Equifax:

768 as of 10/30/2008

 

 

All my credit card accounts are still opened and they are not activated. The reason I don't activate them because I don't plan to use them and also for security. I just need one card for everyday use which is United Mileage Plus Visa that I am using right now. Do they have the right to cancel my account if these cards haven't activated for a long time? 

 

Thanks for the info!

 

 

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Re: Have a few credit cards but haven't used them for a few years.


QTM wrote:

Here is history of my Credit Score:

 

TransUnion:

930 as of 05/02/2007

815 as of 10/30/2008

912 as of 02/09/2009:

 

Equifax:

768 as of 10/30/2008

 

 

All my credit card accounts are still opened and they are not activated. The reason I don't activate them because I don't plan to use them and also for security. I just need one card for everyday use which is United Mileage Plus Visa that I am using right now. Do they have the right to cancel my account if these cards haven't activated for a long time? 

 

Thanks for the info!

 

 


Welcome to the forums. 
Credit card companies have every right to close your credit cards whenever they wish and they are doing so in record numbers. Accounts that are not used for at least a small purchase every few months are likely ot be closed.
THere has also been lots of discussion on here about calling to "activate" your cards. It is my understanding from these discussions (sorry I do not have a link to them) that cards are basically activated when you get them. The ccc have you call for a variety of reasons, but you card will likely work without calling. It is certainly not more secure to not activate. 
 I would suggest reading "credit scoring 101" which may be found in my siggy. THe scores you have listed are not FICO scores (which only go up to 850). The scores you have posted are basically useless-as lenders do not use them.
Good luck and keep reading there is lots of great information on here! 

 

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Re: Have a few credit cards but haven't used them for a few years.

QTM wrote:

Here is history of my Credit Score:

 

TransUnion:

930 as of 05/02/2007

815 as of 10/30/2008

912 as of 02/09/2009:

 

Equifax:

768 as of 10/30/2008

 

 

As already stated these are not true FICO scores. You can buy the Equifax (EQ)  and Transunion (TU) scores here at myfico. I would do an internet search first for "myfico discount codes" to save a little money. You can also buy them at www.equifax.com and www.transunioncs.com. No individual has been able to buy an Experian (EX) score since mid-February. That way you would have a true picture of your situation. 

 

 

Time can heal all wounds and a low FICO.
"Hello my name is Sandy and I'm a recovering crediholic".

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Re: Have a few credit cards but haven't used them for a few years.

Okay, thanks!

 

I just purchased my FICO Score from myFICO and here it is:

 

TransUnion:

807 as of 07/29/2009

 

And I ordered one from Equifax.com today as well:

787 as of 07/29/2009

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Re: Have a few credit cards but haven't used them for a few years.


QTM wrote:

Okay, thanks!

 

I just purchased my FICO Score from myFICO and here it is:

 

TransUnion:

807 as of 07/29/2009

 

And I ordered one from Equifax.com today as well:

787 as of 07/29/2009


 

Beautiful scores!
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Re: Have a few credit cards but haven't used them for a few years.

Thank you!
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Re: Have a few credit cards but haven't used them for a few years.


plasticman wrote:

QTM wrote:

Okay, thanks!

 

I just purchased my FICO Score from myFICO and here it is:

 

TransUnion:

807 as of 07/29/2009

 

And I ordered one from Equifax.com today as well:

787 as of 07/29/2009


 

Beautiful scores!

And your question is what again??????  LOL I wouldn't worry about a thing if I were you. It looks like you are doing just fine.

 

 

7/09
TU-742
EQ-779

 

Time can heal all wounds and a low FICO.
"Hello my name is Sandy and I'm a recovering crediholic".

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