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    Diligently working on my credit profile and scores to gain my (long lost) credit worthiness. I am a member of Credit Wise and Credit Karma. I notice today on Credit Wise that they use available credit as a criteria in the Vantage 3.0 scoring. It shows my available credit of $4,885 which it rates as AVERAGE (my lowest rating) and I am wondering does anyone know what available credit range could be considered EXCELLENT (their highest rating). I have had 3 credit cards with 2K, 2.5K and 400 credit limits (4900 total) since 10/23 but just got a Chase Freedom Unlimited credit card with a 9k credit limit so my new available credit should be 13.9K.

    I think it weighs available credit versus credit in use. In other words, cumulative utilization across all cards. So you take the sum of all credit limits and then divide it by the sum of all balances to come out with an "overall" utilization. FICO and Vantage both look at the individual card, and the cards as a whole.

    But I'd never care about Vantage. Vantage hates balances. It's as simple as that. I have had a 740 FICO at the same time I had a 650 Vantage. It's a useless score and is very sensitive to balances. (Insurance scores are also sensitive to available credit... because they want you to charge it and not file a claim.)
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    Any advice provided is not legal advice, but simply the musings of a fellow bankrupt.


      To underscore what justbroke wrote, dismiss anything you see on Credit Wise and Credit Karma, they are what are called FAKO scores (i.e. Vantage 3.0) and are ignored by the credit industry; the only scores which are relevant are the FICO scores which you will not get from those two sources.

      As for what qualifies as "Very Good" or "Excellent", there are many-MANY factors, and oddly enough, your available credit is basically a non-factor when scoring; here is a summary of how your scores are calculated (just a summary, there is a lot of black art in each of the following categories):
      • 35% impact: Payment History
        • 30+ day late payments
        • 60+ day late payments
        • Negative public records like bankruptcies and judgements
        • Collections
        • Time since most recent late payment
        • Percentage of accounts "always" paid as agreed
        • 30+ day late payments in the last 12-months
        • 30+ day late payments older than 12-months
      • 30% impact: Amount of Debt
        • Accounts with balances
        • Total Balance on Revolving and Open-Ended Accounts
        • Revolving Utilization
      • 15% impact: Length of Credit History
        • Average Age of Accounts (in years and months)
        • Age of Oldest Account (in years and months)
      • 10% impact: Amount of New Credit
        • Number of Recent Inquiries (aka. Hard-Pulls or just HPs)
        • Age of Most Recently Opened Account (in years and months)
      • 10% impact: Credit Mix
        • Number of Revolving Accounts
        • Number of Installment Loans, including Auto Loans and Mortgages
        • Bank-Issued Credit Card Accounts (note, not the same as "revolving" store cards)
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