Credit cards can impact your credit score, with the ones you already have. Credit scores can determine if you are accepted for a new credit card when applying. In this section we will look in detail at the impact of credit cards you may already have on your credit rating/score, and look to answer some frequently asked questions.
Can a credit card boost your credit rating?
In short yes, but it can also damage it. In order to help your credit score, ensure you pay the minimum required every month, and avoid any late or missed payments, these will damage your credit history and your ability to obtain credit. This can be avoided by a direct debit. Paying your credit card on time every month, shows you are responsible at managing your current credit commitments, and lenders are then more likely to lend to you in general.
Should I increase my credit card limit to raise my credit score?
Increasing your credit card limit does not increase your credit score. Having too big a credit limit, can look risky, to lenders, as if you were to use it all, it may impact your ability to pay other credit commitments, for example a mortgage/loan payment. Experian’s Credit Expert, recommends using no more than 30% of what is available to you (your total credit limits excluding your mortgage).
Does not paying your credit card balance in full affect your credit score?
As long as you pay the minimum amount required by your credit card lender, there should not be an impact. Avoid wracking up large debts on credit cards anyway, as they can be expensive, when the interest builds up. Having too much debt in general can impact your credit rating negatively.
If I pay credit card off straight after use will I get a good credit rating?
Paying off your credit card balance in full is no bad thing, but the key thing is keeping your debt levels as low as possible, and never pay late, or miss a payment.
Will one missed credit card payment affect my credit rating?
Unfortunately yes, as it means you have not kept to your commitment with the credit card lender. This means you maybe a risk of not paying back other debts. It may seem small, but avoid this by at least paying the minimum required, and use direct debits to ensure you do not forget.
Does paying off my credit card affect my credit score?
Paying off your credit card debt will have a positive affect as it will reduce your overall debt levels, which makes you less of a risk for other lenders. Having a lot of credit debt with multiple lenders, means other lenders will think you are more likely to not pay back further debt.
If I get put on my partners credit card as an additional card holder will it affect his credit rating?
This will show as a joint account, and will show on your partners credit report. It will impact your partners credit rating either good or bad, in the same way as if they had it in their own name.