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Getting your credit scores before buying a car

Posted on May 06 2014 by

Dear Experian,

I’m buying a car and would like to know my credit score. How can I obtain this before shopping?

– NTS

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Authorized user’s credit scores could be hurt if mother doesn’t pay

Posted on May 05 2014 by

Dear Experian,

I am an authorized user on my mother’s account. Will it affect me if she misses payments? Will it hurt my credit?

– SHN

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Credit card balance can affect credit scores even if paid in full each month

Posted on May 02 2014 by

Dear Experian,

My credit score factors say “amount owed on revolving accounts is too high,” but I pay the balances off every month. I make more than $1 million per year and have no debt at all. Please explain why this is a factor in my score.

– TRZ

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Removing ex-spouse’s address from credit report after divorce

Posted on May 02 2014 by

Dear Experian,

My credit report shows two addresses for my former husband, who moved to Virginia. I have lived in Illinois for 36 years. I was able to dispute one address, but not the other. How do I get both removed? Also, my employer information is wrong. I was able to dispute it, but not provide the correct employer information. How do I do that?

– JWD

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Using your credit report to compile a complete list of your creditors and debts

Posted on Mar 28 2014 by

Dear Experian,

How do I find out what I really owe and if any creditor will settle for less if I can pay off the balance? Can I get a list of all my creditors from you?

– CYD

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Difference between “balance-to-limit ratio” and “debt-to-income” ratio

Posted on Mar 28 2014 by

Dear Experian,

What is the appropriate balance-to-limit or debt-to-income ratio? I do not maintain a balance on my credit cards but worry that I have credit limits that are too high and could impact my overall credit.

– TBL

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Authorized user unaffected by mother’s missed payments

Posted on Mar 27 2014 by

Dear Experian,

I am an authorized user on my mother’s account. Will it affect me if she misses payments? Will it hurt my credit?

– SHN

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Student loans are debt obligations like any other loan

Posted on Mar 27 2014 by

Dear Experian,

My student loans are affecting my credit. Why?

– NCB

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Collection accounts are not removed immediately after being paid in full

Posted on Mar 13 2014 by

Dear Experian,

If you have a derogatory record on your credit report from a collection agency and you pay off the debt in full, will the debt be taken off of your report sooner? Or do you still have to wait the seven years?

– MSK

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You must submit request in writing to permanently opt out of receiving prescreened offers

Posted on Mar 13 2014 by

Dear Experian,

I received a letter from Experian today regarding permanently removing my name from pre-approved credit offer mailing lists. The letter is requesting name, Social Security number, current address, and previous address. I would like to permanently remove my name, but I am not sure that this letter is legitimate. Can you please confirm?

– SBA

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