Credit cards like Capital One

Capital One offers a range of "credit builder" cards catering to those with limited or damaged credit histories. It's not the only provider doing this.

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A less than perfect credit history can make it harder to secure finance, including loans and credit cards. However, specialist card issuers like Capital One aim to provide a way around this, with tailored financial products that can help build or rebuild a positive credit history.

As you might expect, these cards tend to come with lower credit limits and higher APRs, but there’s good news too:

Like most cards on the UK market, if you pay your balance off in full each month, you usually won’t incur any interest at all, so a high APR might not mean anything to you in practice. Watch out for exceptions to this rule, such as non-sterling transactions or cash advances (withdrawing cash on the card).

The acceptance criteria for these cards tend to be more lenient and it’s normally possible to find out before you apply (and without hurting your credit score) whether or not you’re likely to be approved, thanks to the prevalence of “soft search” facilities.

Annual or monthly account fees are very rare in this space and finally, credit limits are often subject to review more frequently and within a short time of holding the card.

Comparison of alternatives to a Capital One card

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Name Product Annual/monthly fees Initial credit limits Minimum income Representative APR Incentive Link
HSBC Classic Credit Card
£0
Min. limit £250, max. limit £1,000.
£6800
29.9%
Discounts and exclusive offers for dining experiences, leisure activities and shopping available through HSBC Home and Away.
Representative example: When you spend £1,000 at a purchase rate of 29.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 29.9% APR (variable).
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Tesco Bank Foundation Card
£0
Min. limit £100, max. limit not specified.
£5000
27.5%
Collect 1 Tesco Clubcard point per £4 spent (£4 minimum) in Tesco and 1 Clubcard point per £8 spent (£8 minimum) outside Tesco in each purchase transaction.  Must have available credit to collect Clubcard points. Clubcard points are turned into Clubcard vouchers every 3 months or sooner using Faster Vouchers. Clubcard vouchers can be used in Tesco or with Clubcard Reward Partners to get even more value on dining out, hotel stays and travel.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 27.542% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 27.5% APR (variable).
TSB Classic Credit Card Mastercard
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
Not specified
27.9%
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 27.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 27.9% APR (variable).
The Credit Thing card
£0
Min. limit £200, max. limit £1,500.
Not specified
27.9%
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 27.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 27.9% APR (variable).
Keebo credit card
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Keebo credit card
£0
Min. limit £200, max. limit £5,000.
Not specified
27.98%
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 27.98% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 27.98% APR (variable).
Vanquis Bank Chrome Credit Card
£0
Min. limit £250, max. limit £1,500.
Not specified
29.5%
Representative example: When you spend £250 at a purchase rate of 29.5% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 29.5% APR (variable).
Bip Credit
£0
Min. limit £250, max. limit not specified.
£5000
29.9%
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 29.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 29.9% APR (variable).
Marbles Card
£0
Min. limit £250, max. limit £1,200.
Not specified
32.9%
You could get a credit limit increase after three months. Choose a monthly repayment date that suits you and change it up to twice a year.
Representative example: Assumed credit limit £1,200, representative 32.9% APR (variable), purchase rate 32.94% p.a. (variable).
Please note: you can’t have two Marbles accounts or open a Marbles account within 12 months of opening an Aqua, Fluid or Opus account, issued by New Day
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Key considerations for credit cards like Capital One

Credit builders can be a useful tool, if they’re used correctly. Aim not to carry a balance from month to month: if you do, you’ll stand to pay a hefty amount in interest. It can be tempting to make only the minimum required payment each month (and your card issuer might love this), but that will cost you much, much more in the long run.

Due to the higher rates that apply to cards such as these, it’s often smart to think of them as a “stepping stone” product to finance agreements with better terms. In other words, if you take out a credit builder, use it sensibly and then, when you’re able, switch to a card (or other financial product) with lower rates.

If you miss a repayment, you’ll most likely incur a penalty fee, pay additional interest and damage your credit record further. Pretty much every card issuer now lets you set up a direct debit for repayments and lets you choose to set this up for either the minimum required sum, a fixed amount or the full balance. It’s a smart idea to do this as you’ll safeguard your credit record.

Credit builder credit card providers

A list of credit card issuers known for helping consumers build or rebuild positive credit history.

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