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Comdata Construction Card review

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  • Get this card if you spend on supplies at home-improvement and construction retailers.
  • Pick something else if you don’t want to pay card or administrative fees.
  • Apply with a fair credit score of 580 or higher.

Up to 6

Cents off a gallon

Up to $120

Annual fee

28.99%

Purchase APR (variable)

580

Recommended credit score

Details

Product NameComdata Construction Card
Card typeMastercard
Annual feeUp to $120
Purchase APR28.99% variable
Balance transfer APRN/A
Late payment fee$150
Late payment fee conditions12.25% or $150, whichever is greater
Returned payment feeUp to $50

Expert review

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Expert review

The Comdata Construction Card is an open-loop Mastercard product designed for contractors. It offers volume rebates of $0.005 to $0.03 per gallon, starting at 1,999 monthly gallons purchased. If you open an account before the end of 2019, you’ll save an additional 6 cents per gallon of fuel on up to 3,000 monthly gallons during your first six months after account opening.

While the non-promotional rebates aren’t particularly impressive, they’re complemented by the other savings you’ll receive. You’ll save 5% on maintenance purchases at participating Tires Plus and Firestone locations, as well as 2% at supply retailers such as Lowe’s, Home Depot and HD Supply.

Card benefits

  • Card controls.
    Designate spending limits on your account’s cards. For example, set limits by gallons purchased. You can also limit purchase types, such as setting fuel-only rules.
  • Make fuel and maintenance purchases.
    The card is an open-loop, Mastercard-branded product, meaning you can use it virtually anywhere credit cards are accepted. There are over 160,000 fuel locations and 400,000 maintenance locations backed by Comdata.
  • Earn rebates.
    You can earn up to 3 cents per gallon in rebates depending on the volume of fuel purchased. As of November 2019, the volume rebates are as follows: $0.005 for 1,999 or fewer gallons; $0.01 for 2,000 to 4,999 gallons; $0.015 for 5,000 to 9,999 gallons; $0.02 for 10,000 to 19,999 gallons; $0.025 for 20,000 to 29,999 gallons; and $0.03 for 30,000 or more gallons.
  • Earn rewards.
    Earn 2% cash back when you buy supplies at eligible retailers, including Home Depot, Lowes, Menards and HD Supply. Purchases at department stores, warehouse clubs or supercenters aren’t eligible.Earn 1% cash back on all non-fuel spending.
  • Savings at Firestone and Tires Plus.
    Save 5% at these locations through the Mastercard Easy Savings Network.
  • Monitor spending.
    See detailed transaction information and make changes to your account online. Set purchase controls to allow certain types of spending only.

What to watch out for

  • Limitations on rebates and rewards.
    You won’t earn rebates or rewards on aviation, propane, bulk fuel or natural gas spending. Also, you’ll earn volume rebates only at Level 3 sites. These are locations that process Level 3 data — granular information such as driver IDs, vehicle IDs and odometer readings.

When is my account considered high-risk?

Fleetcor may deem your account high-risk if:

  • Your commercial credit score is below 520.
  • Your personal credit score is below 660.
  • Fleetcor has assessed more than one late fee to your account in any 12-month rolling period.
  • Your account is 30 or more days late in any 12-month rolling period.
  • You make a payment that your bank doesn’t honor.

If you have a high-risk account, Fleetcor may change your billing cycle and spend limit. It may also change the number of days you have to pay your bill. Lastly, it may add a $5 fee on every transaction you make.

  • A security deposit may be required.
    Fleetcor may require you to put down a security deposit if it deems your account high-risk. If so, your spend limit will be 80% of your deposit.
  • High interest.
    If you carry a balance on your card, you’ll pay an APR of 28.99% variable.
  • Fees.
    Look out for the administrative fees, which can be up to 10 cents per gallon, and monthly fees of up to $10 per card per month. These costs can eat into the rebates and rewards you earn.Below, you’ll find a table of several other fees from this card.
    FeeAmount
    Minimum program administration feeUp to 10 cents per gallon.
    Monthly card feeUp to $10 per card per month.
    Late fee12.25% or $150, whichever is greater.
    High-risk account feeUp to $5 per card transaction.
    Minimum program administration feeUp to 10 cents per gallon.
    Optional fleet management reportsUp to $15 per report, or up to $100 per quarter.
    Non-standard payment options
    • One-time setup fee up to $50.
    • Bank handling fee of up to $5 per debit.
    • Up to $50 per client-initiated ACH/wire payment, or for checks sent to addresses other than the one listed on invoices.
    • Up to $15 for paying by calling a customer service representative.
    Returned check feeUp to $50 per returned payment.
    Tax reclamation processing fee 1% of the retail purchase amount or $10, whichever is greater. Maximum of $100 per billing cycle.
    CDN Direct Network transaction fee Up to $5 per transaction.
    Mastercard currency conversion conversion assessment fee/cross-border fee
    • 0.2% of the purchase amount.
    • May include an additional 0.9% fee.
    Expedited card delivery
    • Fees determined by Fleetcor.
    • Same-day plastic embossing: $25 per card plus additional shipping and handling fees.

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    American Express® Blue Business Cash Card
    2% cash back on all purchases on up to $50,000 per calendar year, then 1%
    0% intro for the first 12 months (then 14.74% to 20.74% variable)
    $0
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    American Express® Business Gold Card
    4x points on two categories on up to $150,000 combined annually, then 1x points after that and on all other purchases
    15.74% to 23.74% variable
    $295
    Earn 35,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months from account opening. Rates & fees
    U.S. Bank Business Cash Rewards World Elite™ Mastercard®
    3% cash back on gas, cell phone services, and office supply stores and 1% back on all other purchases
    0% intro for the first 15 billing cycles (then 13.99% to 24.99% variable)
    $0
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    Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card
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    $0
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    The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card
    12x points at Hilton, 6x points on select business and travel and 3x points on all other purchases
    17.24% to 26.24% variable
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    How to apply for the Comdata Construction Card

    1. Visit the Fuelman website and click Apply now.
    2. Complete the application with information such as your business contact information, number of vehicles, business annual income, etc.
    3. Review your application and submit it.

    What credit score do I need?

    You may be approved for this card if you have at least a fair credit score of 580. Consider your financial situation before applying, and know that approval is never guaranteed.

    Bottom line

    This card offers solid rewards if you’re a contractor. Unfortunately, Fleetcor and Regions Bank don’t disclose fuel minimums for rebates upfront. Also, card and administrative fees can eat into your rewards.

    If you’re unsure about fleet cards, consider a small-business gas card instead.

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