Credit Card Offers Can Impact Your Credit Score
Let’s take a look at a common scenario…
You’re at the checkout line of your favorite hardware store, the total comes out to $95. The friendly cashier at the counter smiles at you and asks if you’d like to sign up for a store credit card, you’ll get $50 off your purchase, you can even pay it today and not have to worry about it. You think to yourself, “WOW Great Deal! That’s like getting 50% off,” and proceed to sign up. But what many consumers don’t know, is that when you just signed up for that credit card, even though you paid it off, you put a hard inquiry on your credit report, which may impact your credit score and will show up on your credit report.
What is a Hard Inquiry:
A hard inquiry occurs whenever you apply for a new credit, which includes those in-store credit cards that shopping places love to push at us. This is considered a voluntary inquiry for an application for credit by FICO and will affect your credit score.
This also includes those mail offers with flashy headlines like “Pre-Approved Credit Card.”
Why Don’t Creditors Like Hard Inquiries:
- Too many applications for credit can make someone look “credit hungry” which is a strong indication of unstable financial situations.
- Lots of applications in a short amount of time can indicate a potentially higher debt-to-income ratio.
- A creditor may believe that the lines of credit opened in those hard inquiries may not be appearing on your credit report yet.
How Much Do Hard Inquiries Impact your Credit Score:
FICO does not give exact numbers on the impact of credit inquiries, it does negatively impact your credit, and they do state, “FICO’s research shows that opening several credit accounts in a short period of time represents greater credit risk.” So while opening one may not impact your score greatly, opening credit cards at all your favorite stores to save a few bucks may end up costing you in the long run.
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