Credit Advice » Loans » Auto » Buy-Here-Pay-Here Dealer Not Likely to Report Payments

Buy-Here-Pay-Here Dealer Not Likely to Report Payments

Dear Experian,

I bought a car from a buy-here-pay-here place and paid off the car in full. Can I add that to my credit report?


Dear HOL,

Unfortunately, you will probably not be able to have the account reported. The lender, in this case the car dealership, would have to report the loan, meet the legal requirements of doing so and fulfill Experian’s subscriber standards in order to do so.

That means the dealership would have to report the account, update the payments regularly and have in place a system to respond to consumer disputes regarding the information it reported. It would also have to install the necessary security measures, computer systems and software to report the account information.

The legal and subscriber requirements for reporting and maintaining the history of the account will almost certainly be cost prohibitive for an organization the size of a small car dealership.

That doesn’t mean that making the payments on time and paying the debt in full can’t be helpful in obtaining new credit. Keep all of your payment records. Mortgage lenders will sometimes allow you to demonstrate that you are a good credit risk by documenting your payment history on debts or utility payments that are not reported to credit reporting companies.

To build your credit report you might be able to work with your bank or credit union to establish a secured credit card account that is reported, which will get your positive credit history started. All it takes is one small account, managed well, to pave the way to a strong credit future.

Thanks for asking.
– The “Ask Experian” team

Review Your Free Experian Credit Report Today

Good credit begins with knowing where your credit is today. Get started with your free Experian Credit Report, updated every 30 days on sign in. No credit card required.

Get Started for Free
Have a Question for Experian?

Your privacy and the information collected here.

Find Credit Cards and Loans Matched to You

Experian uses its vast data resources to match you with offers that are the perfect fit for you and the life you want.

Sign Up for Free to See OffersBrowse all auto loans.

What Should You Know About the Dark Web?

Learn more about what the dark web is, and why it should matter to you as a part of your identity protection strategy.