Can I trade in my new truck for a cheaper car?

I have a truck that I just bought for $35,000. It’s now worth about $31,000. Can I trade my truck in for a $20,000 car? What happens with my negative equity on the truck and my sedan that I just paid for with the trade–in value? Submitted by Jae E. It’s common to buy a…

Read More

The Three C’s of Credit

Giant red-colored letter C with snow on top made to represent the three Cs of credit

When applying for a loan, it’s helpful to know what your Loan Officer will be looking at when making his or her decision. There are three areas they will review: Capacity, Collateral, and Character. Capacity Capacity is simply your ability to repay the loan. They will review your monthly income and expenses to determine if…

Read More

How do I find my credit score?

White woman with a short bob haircut and wearing a graphic white t-shirt sits in a meadow with her laptop in her lap and holding her credit card

How do I find out my credit score? Who wants to know it, and what factors influence its change? Submitted by anonymous. A credit score is a representation of how someone managed their debts. It is meant to help creditors understand our financial responsibility. Payments on our loans and balances on our credit cards are…

Read More

Why isn’t my credit score improving?

White woman in a white short sleeve t-shirt sits at her cluttered desk and looks at her laptop screen

I’ve been paying my bills every month on time and nothing changes on Credit Karma. I feel like I’m stalking the app. What should I do? Submitted by Michelle S. Congrats on paying your bills on time! Can we just celebrate that for a moment? What Impacts Your Credit Score Paying your bills will not…

Read More

Do you recommend credit consolidation?

A woman's hand gives a thumbs up opposite of a man's hand giving a thumbs down on a teal background

Do you recommend credit consolidation to improve scores and decrease debt? Submitted by Natasha P. There are two parts to this question, so let’s dig into them separately. Improving Your Credit Score Whenever a financial institution pulls your credit with the purpose of offering you a loan, your score may be affected. Closing a credit…

Read More