If I want to build credit, how long should I keep a car loan?

"I have about a 60% down payment for a car, but I should have the cash to pay off the rest of the loan within a year. How long should I keep the car loan?"

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Eric Schad
Answered on Jul 27, 2021
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“If you have money to pay off the loan but want to build your credit, holding it for 12 to 24 months is ideal. By doing so, you won’t accrue much interest but you will still build credit.
That doesn’t mean you have to get a 12- or 24-month loan, however. You can bring your monthly payments down with a 36- or 48-month loan.
The trade-off is that you might pay a tiny bit more in interest, but it’s entirely up to you and your preferences.”
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