[Infographic] Credit Score 101
The way we handle our finances every day help create our credit scores.
Most people need a good credit score to get a loan for a new home or a new car. Which of those moves are lowering your score? Which ones are helping it rise? Visit a Zions Bank branch near you today to see how a great credit score can help you save on a car or home loan.
Credit Score 101
A credit score is a number generated on your credit report used to predict how likely you are to pay your bills. Your credit score can make a big impact on your life. Here are the basics you need to know for a better financial future.
What Affects It?
Your credit score is affected positively when you pay your bills on time and in full, use 25% or less of your available credit, and you maintain steady employment.
Your credit score is affected negatively when you miss making payments or pay them late, use more than 80% of your available credit, have too many credit line requests, experience periods of unemployment, and have gone through a foreclosure or filed bankruptcy.
Very good: 700-799
Very bad: 499 and lower
How It's Calculated
There are five categories that go into determining your credit score. Here are the percentages based on their importance.
10% New credit
10% Types of credit in use
30% Amounts owed
35% Payment history
15% Length of credit history
Build Better Credit
- Check your credit report and correct any errors.
- Ask your lender to lower your interest rate. It can't hurt to ask and it'll help you pay down balances faster.
- Don't close paid-off accounts. Keeping them open shows smart credit management.
- Pay off any and all collections.
What Can a Good Score Do?
- Better home loan rates
- Lower interest rates on auto loans
- Credit cards with better APR
- Less expensive cell phone plans
- Discounted insurance policies
- Lower student loan interest