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Chrome 28.5% APR

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Max Credit Limit
£1,000
Representative % APR (variable)
28.5% APR
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Low rate for people with lower credit ratings
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The rate you see here is the rate you will get, if accepted
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Could be accepted with a lower credit rating or limited credit history

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If you spend £1,000 at a purchase interest rate of 28.5% p.a. (variable) your representative APR will be 28.5% APR (variable)

Chrome with 6 month 0% Balance Transfer

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Max Credit Limit
£1,000
Representative % APR (variable)
29.3% APR
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Guaranteed credit limit of £1000
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One interest rate for all transactions
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0% on balance transfers for 6 months

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If you spend £1,000 at a purchase interest rate of 29.3% p.a. (variable) your representative APR will be 29.3% APR (variable)

Chrome

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Max Credit Limit
£1,500
Representative % APR (variable)
29.3% APR
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Low rate for people with lower credit ratings
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The rate you see here is the rate you will get, if accepted
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Could be accepted with a lower credit rating or limited credit history

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If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 29.3% p.a. (variable) your representative APR will be 29.3% APR (variable)

Capital One Classic Platinum

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Max Credit Limit
£1,500
Representative % APR (variable)
29.8% APR
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Low rate for people with lower credit ratings
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One interest rate for all transactions
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Get a response to your application in 60 seconds

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If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 29.84% p.a. (variable) your representative APR will be 29.8% APR (variable)

Ocean 3 month 0% Credit Card

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Max Credit Limit
£1,500
Representative % APR (variable)
29.9% APR
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0% on balance transfers for 3 months and 0% on purchases for 3 months
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One interest rate for all transactions
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Get a response to your application in 60 seconds

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If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 29.94% p.a. (variable) your representative APR will be 29.9% APR (variable)

Post Office Classic 3 month Dual Credit Card

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Max Credit Limit
£1,500
Representative % APR (variable)
29.9% APR
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0% on balance transfers for 3 months and 0% on purchases for 3 months
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One interest rate for all transactions
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Get a response to your application in 60 seconds

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If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 29.94% p.a. (variable) your representative APR will be 29.9% APR (variable)

Marbles Classic Credit Card

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Max Credit Limit
£1,200
Representative % APR (variable)
32.9% APR
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Could be accepted with a lower credit rating or limited credit history
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Rates vary up to 59.9% APR (Variable)
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Credit Limit up to £1200

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If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 32.9% p.a. (variable) your representative APR will be 32.9% APR (variable)

Aqua Classic Credit Card

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Max Credit Limit
£1,200
Representative % APR (variable)
32.9% APR
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Could be accepted with a lower credit rating or limited credit history
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Rates vary up to 59.9% APR (Variable)
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Credit Limit up to £1200

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If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 32.9% p.a. (variable) your representative APR will be 32.9% APR (variable)

Vanquis with 6 month 0% Balance Transfer

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Max Credit Limit
£1,000
Representative % APR (variable)
33.5% APR
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Guaranteed credit limit of £1000 
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One interest rate for all transactions 
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0% on balance transfers for 6 months

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If you spend £1,000 at a purchase interest rate of 33.5% p.a. (variable) your representative APR will be 33.5% APR (variable)

118 118 Money Credit Card

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Max Credit Limit
£1,200
Representative % APR (variable)
34.0% APR
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Guaranteed credit limit
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One interest rate for all transactions
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Guaranteed zero fees
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Could accept people with lower credit scores

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If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 34.0% p.a. (variable) your representative APR will be 34.0% APR (variable)

Fluid 9 Month Balance Transfer

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Max Credit Limit
£2,500
Representative % APR (variable)
34.9% APR
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0% on balance transfers for 9 months (4% fee applies)
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Rates vary up to 59.9% APR (variable)
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Credit limits up to £2,500

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If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 34.94% p.a. (variable) your representative APR will be 34.9% APR (variable)

Capital One Balance Card

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Max Credit Limit
£1,500
Representative % APR (variable)
34.9% APR
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0% on balance transfers for six-months (3% fee applies)
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One interest rate for all transactions
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Get a response to your application in 60 seconds

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If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 34.94% p.a. (variable) your representative APR will be 34.9% APR (variable)

Aqua Classic Balance Transfer Card

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Max Credit Limit
£1,200
Representative % APR (variable)
34.9% APR
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0% on balance transfers for six months (3% fee applies)
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You could be accepted with limited credit history

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If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 34.95% p.a. (variable) your representative APR will be 34.9% APR (variable)

Marbles Classic Balance Transfer Card

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Max Credit Limit
£1,200
Representative % APR (variable)
34.9% APR
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0% on balance transfers for five months (3% fee applies)
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You could be accepted with limited credit history

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If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 34.95% p.a. (variable) your representative APR will be 34.9% APR (variable)

Capital One Complete Card

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Max Credit Limit
£1,500
Representative % APR (variable)
34.9% APR
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0% for 4 months on purchases and balance transfers
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One interest rate for all transactions
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Get a response to your application in 60 seconds

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If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 34.94% p.a. (variable) your representative APR will be 34.9% APR (variable)

What are the different types of credit card?

You can find out more information about the different types of credit card in our guide

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Pre-approved means you will get accepted for the card, and at the rate advertised, providing the information you give is accurate and you pass the lender's checks (which may include a responsible lending check using open banking information).

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Understanding credit cards for poor credit

Poor credit credit cards, also called bad credit credit cards, are designed to help you if you have a poor, or non-existent, credit record. These cards accept people who would be rejected for a mainstream credit card.

They are an excellent way of building up a good credit record. If you get one, use it sensibly and pay your balance off in full each month.

However, they carry very high interest rates – typically 29–35%APR – so NEVER spend more than you can afford to pay back.


Stop the cycle of credit card rejection

If you’ve applied and been rejected for a credit card, read this before applying again.

Being rejected is not only a waste of time, it can damage your credit rating, making it even harder to obtain credit and create a vicious circle of rejection.

So, stop and assess why you’ve been turned down and then find the card most likely to accept you. Every card company has their own criteria for lending, so even if one has rejected you, it doesn’t mean that they all will.

Before you apply again, find out which cards are most likely to accept you. Our eligibility check will tell you which credit cards you are most likely to be accepted for, without casting a shadow on your credit record – using it will not affect your credit rating.


How does the eligibility check work?

The eligibility check can help you decide on which card to apply for. Enter a few details and we’ll show you the cards you’re more likely to be approved for – and those that might reject you.

Acceptance isn’t guaranteed, but we use a soft search – you’ll see it on your file, but lenders don’t, so there’s no impact on your credit rating – to show your chance of acceptance for each card.

Don’t assume you’ll only get a ‘bad credit’ credit card, you may be pleasantly surprised. But whatever result you get, use your new credit card to improve your credit rating.


What is a poor credit credit card?

Bad credit credit cards are designed for people who have had credit problems in the past or have little or no history of borrowing. If you fall into either category you represent an above-average risk to the lender, so you pay for that risk with higher interest rates and fewer special offers.

As these cards are expensive they’re not great for new borrowing. But, if used sensibly &nsdash; that means paying the balance off in full each month – they can help you build up a good credit score.

You’re likely to fall into the poor credit category if you have:

  • A limited or non-existent credit history
  • Past issues such as repeated missed payments
  • Prior County Court Judgements
  • Been declined by several other credit card providers

What are bad credit credit cards good for?

  • They’re a great way to build or rebuild your credit rating.
  • In some circumstances they can be a cheaper alternative to other forms of borrowing, such as payday loans or unauthorised overdrafts.
  • Some poor credit cards feature 0% introductory rates and can be used carefully for low-cost, short-term borrowing.
  • All bad credit credit cards come with useful free Section 75 purchase protection benefits.

How to improve your credit rating

Here’s how you can use a credit card to improve your credit rating and, in time, gain access to better rates and products:

  • Use the card. An unused card sitting in a drawer won’t help your credit score, you need to flex the plastic, even if it is only to spend a few pounds each month.
  • Stay within your credit limit.
  • Repay your balance in full every month – set up a direct debit to ensure you don’t miss a payment.
  • Never miss a monthly payment.
  • Never take on debt you can’t afford to pay off in full – bad credit credit cards tend to have high APRs and expensive interest costs could lead to you missing a repayment.
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