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No. Paying off an installment loan early causes no increase in your score. Installment loans are opened for a set amount, with terms of repayment at a set amount. This is what (ideally) both the lender and credit scoring software are looking to see: That you understand this concept and will pay the loan back over time, on-time. That translates to no appreciable benefit for paying early. However, it is (sometimes) possible to reap monetary benefits. Most installment loans are fixed rate loans. You borrow $X at X% and will pay back the full amount regardless of when you pay. But, if you happen to obtain a compounding interest installment loan (similar to a mortgage loan), there may be significant savings in paying off early. So, while this wouldn't help your credit score in any way, it might save you some $, if you have that specific type of loan. You should be able to find out by reading your loan documents or calling your lender. You may also have a pre-payment penalty. That's another good reason to read your loan docs thoroughly.

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