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The BMW Visa

Established Contributor

The BMW Visa

I recently financed a BMW motorcycle with BMW Fininacial.  Received the package in the mail a few days later about the loan, how to set up online account etc.  Included was a invitation to apply for the BMW Visa Rewards.  No annual fee etc.  The rewards in itself are not much, I have much better cards, but the hook was 3% back at the BMW dealer to include routine service, repairs, tires etc, and accesories.  The rewards can be statement credit, or applied on your next vehicle purchase.  1% back everywhere else.


Thinking it would be good to keep all that in one place, I applied.  I'll only use the card at the dealer,  the 1% everywhere else fails to match my other cards.


I applied over the phone with the provided 800 number, no instant approval.  I have alot of cards, total credit line over 110k, but only 1% utilization at any one time.  I also have a 3 active installment loans with low balances, so I have alot going on, and thought maybe it spooked them, and the answer was going to be no dice when I get the letter.  I did not ask the rep for instant underwriter referral, mostly because I didn't care enough.


I was quite surprised a few days when I got the approval letter, starting CL 21,000k, with their best apr.


Here are the numbers for those interested-


-Ficos 740, 764, 803


-Clean report


-More than a few inq


-income 120k


Further background?  In mid 2014 I had a fico score of 548.  I know this because I bought a new Altima, that somehow the dealer was able to find financing for.  It was a horrendous apr, but I had little choice, I needed a car.  I was confident at the time if given the chance I'd make good.  A few months prior I landed an excellent parttime job with the federal govt to supplement my state pension.  It was a substantial boost in income, that also provided Blue Cross that saved us almost 1000 dollars a month in premiums.  


With some help I was in the 600s by mid 2015, and qualified to build a new house.  I proudly sit in in it now.


From there things rolled along to where we are now.   I say this only to point out I'm not anything special, only that I educated myself in the credit wars, and if I can, anyone can.


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Frequent Contributor

Re: The BMW Visa

Congratulations!! Nice background info too.

Current Scores 10/11/2019
TU 724 Inq 20, EX 699 Inq 15, EQ 743 Inq 8 -- UTL 4% FICO 9 757
[Previous] 10/05/2018
EQ F8 [696] 5 Inqs, EX F8 [666] 14 Inqs,
TU Fico 8 [702] 18 Inqs.
Gardening since 11/08/2018.
EQ-Fico 8 [699] EX-Fico 8 [639] TU-Fico 8[652]
UTI 14% NFCU Flagship $6K, Care Credit $20K, TFCU Platinum Visa $20K, DCU Rewards Visa 10K, USAA Platinum Visa 6K, Costco Visa $7.5K, NFCU AMEX $15K, Citi Rewards+ $16,800, Wells Fargo Cash Wise 9.5K, Barclays AAdvantage MC $2K, NFCU GoRewards 10K, Home Depot Commercial $1k, Best Buy Visa $15k, ExxonCard $1500, PenFed Visa Sig $10k, NFCU CLOC $10K, Boscov's $13.3K, Overstock $12.5k, Sportmans $3900, Amex Cash Magnet $1500, Amex Bonvoy 2K, BarClay Arrival $2k, DiscoverIT $16k, AmazonCard $6000, PayPal MC 8K, Mercury MC $5.5K, CapOne Silver $16.5K, Lowes Credit $25K, Wal-Mart Store Card $9K, Wayfair $14.4K
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Valued Contributor

Re: The BMW Visa

Great data points. Awesome SL. 

Beginning Journey April 2017 – FICO 8

Current Scores May 2018 – FICO 8

Started this credit game with $8400 TCL in 04/17 now I'm at $150K+.
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Regular Contributor

Re: The BMW Visa

Congratulations on your new card & bike!

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Frequent Contributor

Re: The BMW Visa

I had this card from 2011 to 2014. It came in handy when it was time to turn in my lease. Having to commute every day from Long Island to Queens, NY, I was way over on my miles. I applied all my rewards towards the $2,500 in excess miles I owed.

"As only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you’ll live through the night"
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Established Contributor

Re: The BMW Visa

Super congrats, huge SL!

Nice story. 

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Valued Contributor

Re: The BMW Visa

Nice. It is sexy card.  I'd get it if not working toward the 5/24 limit....

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Established Contributor

Re: The BMW Visa

Nice data points anyone can do anything they want for sure... Smiley Very Happy

Gardening 2020-2021
Total CL 113k+ UTIL 0.01% Uber Visa, DoubleCash, Quicksilver, Discover IT, Freedom Ulimited, Blue Cash, Premier Rewards GOLD
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Very nice SL for the BMW visa.. 

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Established Contributor

Re: The BMW Visa

So where did you park a BMW in Queens??  Garage?  

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