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Re: Will paying off an Auto Loan hurt my credit?

I predict a slight score bump because you still have an installment in play for the mix.


The previous FICO Admin had mentioned once that paying off a credit account will never impact your mix, regardless of being opened or closed. So, according to him, your mix wouldn't change even if that was the last and only installment reporting. Personally I had doubts, but you never know. I paid off my last installment and pulled my 2 FICOs the day before and the day after it reported to see the change. EQ increased by 7 and TU decreased by 5. I understand the increase due to an added $0 balance, but I couldn't figure out why TU decreased and always assumed it was due to an impact on mix. The pos/neg reasons also changed up.