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How well do you know your credit card?

We use our credit cards more than 270m times a month in the UK whether online, by phone, or over the counter – but do we really know how they work? Take or quick credit cards myth quiz to see if you can separate fact from fiction.

We use our credit cards more than 270m times a month in the UK whether online, by phone, or over the counter – but do we really know how they work? Take or quick credit cards myth quiz to see if you can separate fact from fiction.

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Having no credit cards is best for my credit score

Myth

Having one or more cards that you manage effectively is best for your credit score

Everything I buy on a credit card will be protected under the Consumer Credit Act (section 75)

Myth

Only if the purchase value is above £100 and less than £30,000 and is a direct payment with the merchant. It also doesn't apply if you make a purchase with cash withdrawn from your card

The representative APR may not be the rate I am offered if I am accepted for a credit card

Fact

The advertised APR is representative which means it only needs to apply to 51% of successful applicants

My monthly repayments will go towards paying off the most expensive part of my debt first

Fact

This is known as 'allocation of payments'. If some of your balance is on 0% and some is incurring interest, your payments must go towards the interest-bearing part of your balance first

I can choose to transfer an existing balance to any other credit card

Myth

It will have to be to a credit card provider from a different banking group

I will be charged a fee to transfer a balance from one credit card to another

Myth

Some balance transfer cards with shorter 0% windows do not charge a balance transfer fee

The amount of my available credit card limit/s that I use affects my credit score

Fact

This is known as 'credit utlilisation' score, and the lower it is, the better

Interest rates charged on my credit card are the same whether I use it for purchases or to withdraw cash from an ATM

Myth

Interest that is applied to cash withdrawals is usually higher than when you use it for purchases

I don't have to set up a monthly direct debit for my repayments

Fact

It's a good idea to do so, but not necessary so long as they are paid

I will need to tell my provider if I want to use my card overseas

Myth

You don't have to, but it's good practice - and you have nothing to lose

You scored...

25

The more you know about credit cards, the better off you will be.

Start by making sure you have the right kind of plastic for your needs - whether that's interest-free borrowing, paying off existing debt, or collecting rewards and cashback. And don't forget the consumer protection that credit cards offer too.

Then just sit back, all Money Calm, and watch it work in your favour.

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