How much will a car loan boost my credit score over time?

I was thinking about getting a car loan to improve my credit mix. How much will my credit score improve if I take out a car loan?

Answer
While a car loan seems like a novel idea to build your credit score, don’t rush into it as a means to build your credit score.
You should only get a car loan if you actually need the car. Taking on tons of extra debt just to boost your credit score a few points isn’t ideal.
However, if you want to improve your credit mix by getting an installment loan—such as a car loan—and you need the car, it might be a solid move. Keep in mind, your credit score will drop by about five to 10 points from a hard inquiry and then an additional 10 to 20 points from opening the loan, but this hit is only temporary.
If you continue to make on-time payments to your car loan, you should see your score steadily rise over time. If you have any extra cash, pay off other high-interest debt to further boost your credit score.
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Eric Schad
Answered on Nov 03, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.
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