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Car Loan amount and credit rating impact?

Old Oct 18th 2011, 5:54 pm
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Hi,
I'm a new H1-b arrival and would like to start to build credit rating here in the US.
One way would be by taking a loan to buy a car.
I actually don't need the loan, but i've been informed that having one and paying it off over time will help my credit scores.
Now, how does the loan amount relate to the effect on the credit rating?
Ideally I'd apply for a larger loan and then pay off most of it in one go, and leave a smaller amount for the remainder of the loan term. Alternatively I'll just take a small loan and keep it small. Any suggestions or experience from doing this in regards to credit rating score impact?


Cheers,
Ted

PS. I'm aware that there might be penalty fees etc. with the large initial pay-off, but I'm unsure about the overall credit rating impact of the loan amount.
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Old Oct 18th 2011, 6:03 pm
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This may be somewhat useful.

http://britishexpats.com/articles/us...nce-in-the-us/

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Size of the loan won't make any difference.

A lot of car loans don't have penalties for paying off early or making larger payments, but do check.

You need to keep the loan going a minimum of 6 months, but 12 would be better. Get a loan for whatever amount that'll net the best interest rate and pay off as much as you can straight off, leaving say $120 and then pay off $10 a month over the year to minimise having any interest to pay if you can afford to do that.

It's good bit of diverse credit history on top of a credit card and the history is far more important than the score that it'll help build up

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