Why did my credit score drop after paying off my car loan?

I paid off my car loan last month. When I went to check my credit score yesterday—it had dropped 50 points. Why did my credit score drop for being responsible and paying off my loan?

Answer
“Odds are that when you paid off your car loan, you no longer had any installment loans. An installment loan is something that’s paid every month, while a credit card is called a revolving loan.
To keep your credit score high, you need a mix of revolving and installment loans. A 50-point drop seems substantial enough for you to find another type of installment loan.
Some credit unions offer savings loans or low-interest personal loans to boost and diversify your credit. With such a drop, paying a few bucks a month in interest might be worth it to get your credit score back up.”
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Eric Schad
Answered on Apr 27, 2021
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