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Jutz
Posts: 1,216
Registered: ‎05-10-2012

Question about paying off/closing installment loan

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Hello all,

 

I generally spend my time in "Rebuilding Credit" so that should tell you where my current status is.

 

I have an unsecured loan with a co-signer that I opened two years ago to help pay off a car I was upside down on, as well as purchase another cheap car.  I have 4k left on it, pay 185/mo.  It is my only installment loan and has impeccable payment history.  I've been working on my credit for the past 8 months or so, paying things off, working other strategies, and I'm finally in a position where I can attack this loan.  

 

My question:  I am probably able to pay this off in the next 4 months. What are the implications of this?  It is my only active installment loan outside of student loans, but I believe those count different in the credit mix?  Because it has such good payment history and continues to be paid perfectly, is this also positively influencing my score to the point I might be slowed in my progress if I pay it off early?

 

Edit:  To add, there are 26 months left on the loan, interest rate is 13.24%

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Shogun
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Re: Question about paying off/closing installment loan

Pay it off.  Account will still show positive for another 10 years.  Get rid of the interest payments.


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bettercreditguy1
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Registered: ‎02-11-2012

Re: Question about paying off/closing installment loan

If you have the ability, pay it off early. On top of saving interest, it will look very good on your credit report being paid off several months in advance. It may not increase your score tht much, ymmv. Congrats, quite a milestone!

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Jutz
Posts: 1,216
Registered: ‎05-10-2012

Re: Question about paying off/closing installment loan

So this won't negatively affect my credit mix? I won't be signing a new installment loan until I get a new car, which I won't be getting until I can get a half way decent interest rate.

 

Thanks by the way.  Happy to have gotten the hard part out of the way, now we wait...

  • Current: EQ FICO 694, TU FICO 695, EX FICO 698 | Starting Score: 525 (05/2012)
  • Starting total revolving credit: $1100 | Current total revolving credit: $29,500
  • Inquiries (12 Months): EQ 6 TU 3 EX 6 | Most Recent: 1/21/2014
Chase Freedom $5000
DCU Visa $10000
Capital One QS $2000
AMEX BCE $1000
Lowe's CC $8500
WalMart CC $2400
BOA Platinum $600
AMEX Gold NPSL

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