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Will paying off a car loan 4 years early raise my credit score?

I've never had a late payment and I have one small blemish on my credit. I just paid off my car loan 4 years early. Is this going to help my credit score?
 
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Re: Will paying off a car loan 4 years early raise my credit score?

Could give it a ding for a few months.  People have said that losing the open TL has caused a temporary drop in scores.  You would think that it would help, but FICO likes to see open/used TL's?!?!  a.k.a debt!! 
 
I was going to pay off a loan (early) this month, but when I saw in these forums that people were actually losing points by doing so, I decided to keep it until AFTER my mtg. goes through in Mar.
 
Maybe someone else will have something more positive to say?!
takin' it one day at a time
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Re: Will paying off a car loan 4 years early raise my credit score?



Razorbackbelle08 wrote:
I've never had a late payment and I have one small blemish on my credit. I just paid off my car loan 4 years early. Is this going to help my credit score?
 
Thanks!


Maybe yes, but probably no...saving money is more important.
Credit Profile -
FICO 08 Scores (03-26-2015): EQ 814, EX 817, TU 822
All three scores were 850. Lost points for not having an open installment TL. So, BE WARNED!!!!!
Credit History: 26 years ~ AAoA: 13 years ~ Util: 1% ~ Inqs: EX 1, EQ 1

Credit Cards: Amex BCP ~ Amex Clear ~ Amex Platinum ~ Barclay Ring Mastercard ~ Chase Freedom Visa ~ CITI Dividend Platinum World Mastercard ~ FIA Fidelity Investment Platinum Visa ~ First Hawaiian Bank Gold Visa
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Re: Will paying off a car loan 4 years early raise my credit score?

I did save $1700 in interest....
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Re: Will paying off a car loan 4 years early raise my credit score?

Whatever you might lose in points, and it might be none or a few, is more than made-up by saving 1,700 bucks. If you don't plan on apping for anything in the near future who cares about scores, saving money is ALWAYS more important. Nice job!
Credit Profile -
FICO 08 Scores (03-26-2015): EQ 814, EX 817, TU 822
All three scores were 850. Lost points for not having an open installment TL. So, BE WARNED!!!!!
Credit History: 26 years ~ AAoA: 13 years ~ Util: 1% ~ Inqs: EX 1, EQ 1

Credit Cards: Amex BCP ~ Amex Clear ~ Amex Platinum ~ Barclay Ring Mastercard ~ Chase Freedom Visa ~ CITI Dividend Platinum World Mastercard ~ FIA Fidelity Investment Platinum Visa ~ First Hawaiian Bank Gold Visa
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