Are you allowed a certain amount of hard credit inquiries in a certain time frame without it affecting your credit score? Or does your credit take a hit every time? And how long does that ding show?
Generally, all hard credit inquiries impact your credit score. Keep in mind that if you are applying for an auto loan or visiting a car lot and they perform a credit report, not every one of the inquiries will have the same impact. While the credit scoring formula is not specifically known, the credit scoring models do take into account that someone looking for a car may visit a few dealerships over the course of a week. The same can be said about mortgage inquiries over the course of a couple of weeks.
Rohan - Any "hard" credit inquiry will typically impact your credit score, whereas "soft" inquiries generally do not.
Soft inquiries are where your credit isn't being reviewed by a prospective lender, and hard inquiries are a result of application for credit.
For more information on this, check out the following information on the myFICO site: