Robrus1 wrote:I'm not looking to any lenders anytime soon and my credit is fine, I just want to do what would be best for my credit. I have a friend who is a branch manager at a credit union and he says charge cards report a 0 limit, so letting it report would look bad, but everyone on here seems to say differently. I know they use Experian at the credit union he works for, which is also where I bank/have my auto loan. I wonder if Equifax, and TU see it the way he says Experian does.
If you don't have any credit needs in the near future, I would lean toward letting it report as it documents you do "exercise" your credit lines on occasion and pay back in a timely manner. This will help you continue to build your history with Amex and if you have a manual review of your credit with another lender, the analyst will see you have used your credit. In other words, if you saw someone that has many trade lines and they never show more than a few hundreds dollars, which shows you they have a lower risk if you are trying for say $25k or $30k credit lines (or higher) in the future?
One other thing, many folks at banks or credit unions do not have a clue how credit scores work. You're getting advice mainly from folks that do understand the nuts and bolts of credit. You're lucky if someone at a bank knows if they are doing a soft pull vs a hard pull. Many postings on that simple issue and were told wrong. If your current credit union branch manager looks at your credit report from Experian and thinks it's a bad thing to use credit and repay it timely, then you're probably dealing with the wrong CU or branch manager.
So this comes down to whether or not you are trying to build your credit lines higher with existing or new trade lines or if you feel you are comfortable where you're at and don't need higher limits for the future on whether or not you let the $5k post on your statement. Many of us that are building or rebuilding look for opportunities to charge a large purchase just to enhance our history for better, higher limits and credit scores. The $5k will not hurt your UTIL with FICO scores. Many FAKO scores may count it, but they are garbage scores anyway, so don't pay attention to them.
Hope this clarifies things a bit...If the $5k is a charge to a strip club, ya may not want it to report..lol..If you were doing remodeling or some sort of project or had to take the family to an out of town funeral that is easy to explain if anyone questions it, then those are the type of large purchases I personally would want on my credit history.