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Hi, my card application online with a 763 credit score was approved instantly, but I got a letter shortly after turning down the 0% balance transfer I had requested due to it exceeding the credit limit I had no way of knowing. I wouldn't have applied for the card without the transfer. Can I cancel the card and apply to another without killing my score?

Answered on September 26, 2012

Well, you can but do you really need it. As I understand you can’t transfer your entire balance on your new balance transfer credit card because limit is exceeding. Then why not to do it in several steps? Transfer just a part of your balance at first, pay it off in short possible time and then transfer the rest of your balance. Any way even if you are not allowed to balance transfer your entire dept, getting rid of just a part of it is already a big plus.
If your decision is firm and you don’t need this card, then contact the credit card issuer and cancel the credit card. Destroy the physical card too. Check your credit report a couple of months later to be sure the cancellation took place and how it affected your credit score. It shouldn’t harm your credit score much though. Your score may temporarily go down a bit but it will come back up.

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