New lines of credit represent only 10 percent of your credit score, according to myFICO.com, but that doesn’t mean you should rack up hard inquiries without giving it a second thought.
- Although credit checks are factored into your credit score for only 12 months, they remain on your credit report for two years.
- Credit checks can have a greater impact for someone with a short credit history and few accounts, compared with someone who has a long history and wide range of credit experience.
- To a lender reviewing your credit report, many hard credit checks in a short time may indicate higher credit risk because it could appear that you are trying to get a lot of credit quickly. (The exception is if you rate shop for a car, student or home loan during a short period.)
- Drops in your credit score can result in higher interest rates when you borrow, which means you pay more over the life of a loan.