- Find out if Zip Pay run a credit check when signing up for an account.
- Learn how using Zip Pay may affect your credit score and future credit applications.
Australia's buy now pay later ecosystem has experienced rapid growth, with consumers increasingly choosing to buy now and pay later rather than spending on their credit card. Having gone mainstream, the question of how Zip Pay affects your credit score is increasingly of concern, particularly for those buying a house or considering a new application for credit.
Is it possible that Zip Pay could hurt your credit score and cause problems with opportunities and decisions in the future? Let's find out in our detailed guide to Zip Pay and your credit score.
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Do Zip run a credit check when opening a Zip Pay account?
Zip are very clear in this regard: they will check your credit score when you apply to open an account. This is a clear point of difference with Afterpay, who may run a credit check, but typically don't.
What do Zip Pay report to credit reporting bureaus?
Plainly speaking, this means Zip will report if you missed or have defaulted on a payment. The report of a default will stay in your credit history file for five years, and can reduce your credit score.
Can I use Zip Pay to rebuild my credit score?
In order to build your credit score, your repayments — including those made on time — need to be reported to the credit reporting bureaus. However, it is unclear whether Zip actually report all repayments, or just missed payments or defaults.
The key word is "can", which allows for plenty of wiggle room and therefore doubt that it would be an effective way to build a credit history.
Can I get Zip Pay with bad credit?
Since Zip will check an applicant's credit score, those whose report shows a history of late payments, defaults, bankruptcy or being recently discharged from bankruptcy, are less likely to be approved.
If you have damaged your credit score, it may be a good idea to improve it before applying to open a Zip Pay account, or choose Afterpay, who typically do not run a credit check when signing up.
Can Zip Pay affect a credit card or home loan application?
It has been reported that banks may consider applicants who have been using buy now pay later services as a higher risk because it may suggest someone struggling to make ends meet.
Every bank's credit risk profiling will consider Zip Pay differently. However, your application is less likely to be rejected if your credit score is good and you have a history of repaying on time, savings, and proof of a steady income.