Published on January 12th, 2015 | by William Charles23
An Introduction To B* (Bumpage) & C* (Choppage)
Update: Unfortunately it seems that bumpage is no longer possible, apart from in a few specific instances (e.g Texas). I’m keeping this page up, but it might not be very helpful anymore.
You may have seen the terms: bumpage & choppage used before or maybe their acronyms (B* & C*).
- Bumpage is the process of “bumping” hard credit pulls off your credit report.
- Choppage is when you have the soft credit inquiries “chopped” (e.g removed) from your credit report before you can bump any hard inquiries from your report.
- Splittage is when your credit report is “split” in half, giving you two reports in your name. It’s not possible to tell which data will be on which report or which report a lender will access. Often times people will just call splittage choppage as well, which can be a bit confusing.
Bumpage is possible because consumer reporting agencies (CRA) only give each individuals credit report a certain amount of space to record data. The amount of space given varies from CRA to CRA, but when somebody hits this cap the CRA will remove old data to make way for the new data. This means it’s possible to replace a hard pull (or hard pulls) with a number of soft pulls.
In general data falls off in a FIFO pattern (first in, first out), but not all inquiries will drop off. For example, important inquiries (mortgage loans & insurance inquiries) are coded to stay on for the full two years (although in some cases these do fall off as well).
If you’ve ever been declined for too many recent inquiries on your credit report, you can see why it would be advantageous to bump hard pulls off your credit report. Having hard pulls on your report also causes a decrease in your credit score (these hard pulls stay on your report for a maximum of two years and affect your FICO score for the first year).
Obviously bumping hard pulls off your report with more hard pulls isn’t very useful as you’ll still have a lot of hard pulls on your report. When people talk about bumpage they are talking about using soft credit pulls to bump hard pulls off. Soft pulls do not affect your credit score and should not affect any lending decision.
The amount of soft pulls you need will vary based on which credit bureau you’re talking about, here are the rules for each:
- Equifax. requires 85 pulls to bump
- Experian. It’s not possible to bump with Experian.
- TransUnion. requires 66 pulls to bump
- Old accounts that are no longer reporting could be bumped from your credit report. This is especially bad news if this is your oldest account on file.
What Doesn’t Work?
- All of Equifax’s products no longer work
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I’ve bumped before and know a lot of people that still bump. I personally do not feel like the benefits are worth it for the time involved to stay on top of what does and doesn’t work. If I was going to apply for a mortgage or other large loan in the short time then I’d definitely think differently, I’m also at the stage where I’ve applied and received the sign up bonus for the majority of the “good” credit cards out there and have a fairly robust credit report with a high FICO score.
If you’re going to do this, it’s important you understand the risks involved and read up thoroughly on what does and doesn’t work. If you’d like to learn more about bumpage, I’d recommend looking for dedicated threads in any private forums you participate in. Alternatively the best public resource by far is Credit Boards, make sure you read up before asking basic questions (in particular this master thread). People there are happy to help as long as you’ve made an attempt to educate yourself first (and also have done a search for the answer).
Thanks to Andy for suggesting this topic for me to cover. He has won a $5 Amazon gift card for his troubles, you can make suggestions on blog posts or tools you wish existed but don’t here. If we use your idea, you’ll also get a $5 Amazon gift card.