Does getting a car loan improve my credit score over time?

I already have plenty of credit cards, but I've noticed my credit score is stagnating even when I pay off all my credit cards in full. Will getting a car loan improve my loan over time?

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A car loan can certainly boost your score over time, but only if you can make on-time payments each month. If a car loan is a financial burden for you, resist the urge to get a car loan, or at the very least, consider an affordably-priced vehicle with lower payments.
Once you get a car loan, your credit score may temporarily drop five to 10 points as a result of a hard inquiry on your credit report. Your score should start to increase once you start paying off your loan and the hard inquiry falls off your credit report.
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Eric Schad
Answered on Nov 17, 2021
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