Compare credit builder credit cards

Build up your credit rating with one of our selection of credit cards for people looking to improve their credit rating or take out their first card. Compare cards with the best deals on purchases, the lowest standard rates and the best cashback or rewards offers.

Featured credit builder credit cards - Sorted by APR

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  1. Great for
    Rebuilding your credit rating or if you have a limited credit history
    0% interest on balance transfers for 18 months (2.9% fee)
    0% interest for 3 months on purchases
    But be aware that
    You cannot transfer a balance from another Barclaycard
    The APR is dependent on your personal circumstances

    Representative Example:

    If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 24.9% p.a. (variable) your representative rate will be 24.9% APR (variable).

  2. Great for
    Those who are new to credit, or have limited experience with credit cards
    Staying in control of your finances with a manageable credit limit and a mobile app
    Clubcard points on your spending. One point awarded for every £4 spent in each purchase transaction (£4 min). Must have available credit
    But be aware that
    The APR you get is subject to status, so may vary

    Representative Example:

    If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 28.9% p.a. (variable) your representative rate will be 28.9% APR (variable).

  3. Great for
    A credit limit of £250 - £1,200, that could increase after four months
    Helps to build your credit rating and offers FREE unlimited access to your credit report
    But be aware that
    The APR is dependent on your personal circumstances

    Representative Example:

    If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 29.71% p.a. (variable) your representative rate will be 29.7% APR (variable).

  4. Great for
    For people with bad credit or who are looking to improve their current rating – even if they have had problems with credit in the past
    Credit limit from £200 to £1,500
    But be aware that
    You must have had credit in the UK before
    You must not have been declared bankrupt in the last 12 months

    Representative Example:

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

  5. Great for
    Building or re-building your credit
    Free SMS and online account management
    But be aware that
    You cannot apply if you currently hold a Vanquis, Granite or Black Diamond card
    The APR is dependent on your personal circumstances

    Representative Example:

    If you spend £1,000 at an annual interest rate of 29.8% p.a. (variable) your representative rate will be 29.8% APR (variable).

  6. Limited offer

    0% for 6 months on purchases if applying before 4th June 2015

    Great for
    0% for 6 months on purchases
    Being able to reduce your interest rate by always paying on time and staying within your credit limit
    The advertised rate is the rate you will get if accepted
    But be aware that
    You must not have received more than one CCJ
    You need an annual income of more than £3,000 to apply

    Representative Example:

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

  7. Great for
    0.5% cashback on all purchases
    No foreign currency exchange fees
    But be aware that
    You must not have received a CCJ in the past 12 months
    The APR is dependent on your personal circumstances

    Representative Example:

    If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 34.91% p.a. (variable) your representative rate will be 34.9% APR (variable).

  8. Exclusive

    Exclusive £20 Amazon Gift Certificate for Moneysupermarket customers (T&Cs apply)

    Great for
    Helps to build your credit rating and offers FREE unlimited access to your credit report
    Being able to reduce your interest rate to 19.9% APR (variable) by keeping to your credit limit and repaying on time
    But be aware that
    You must not have received a CCJ in the past 12 months
    The APR is dependent on your personal circumstances

    Representative Example:

    If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 34.91% p.a. (variable) your representative rate will be 34.9% APR (variable).

  9. Great for
    0% interest on balance transfers for six months, with a balance transfer fee of 3%
    A credit limit of £200 to £1,500
    Online response in 60 seconds
    But be aware that
    You must have had credit in the UK before
    You must not have been declared bankrupt in the last 12 months
    You must not have had any CCJs or defaults in the last 12 months

    Representative Example:

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

  10. Exclusive

    0% on purchases for three months

    Great for
    0% interest on purchases for three months
    Credit limit from £200 to £1,500
    Register for email alerts to help you stay in control
    But be aware that
    You must not have been declared bankrupt in the last 12 months
    You must have had credit in the UK before

    Representative Example:

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

  11. Great for
    For people with bad credit or who are looking to improve their current rating – even if they have had problems with credit in the past
    Credit limit from £200 to £1,500
    But be aware that
    You must have had credit in the UK before
    You must not have been declared bankrupt in the last 12 months

    Representative Example:

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

  12. Great for
    Credit limit up to £1,500
    Helping you rebuild and improve your credit rating providing you maintain your minimum payment on time and stay within your credit limit. Not doing so may harm your credit rating
    Managing your account online
    But be aware that
    You must be able to show a history of managing your credit
    You must be on the electoral roll

    Representative Example:

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

  13. Great for
    Credit limit up to £1,500
    Rebuilding credit ratings
    Managing your account online
    But be aware that
    This card has a high standard APR

    Representative Example:

    If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 35.94% p.a. (variable) your representative rate will be 35.9% APR (variable).

  14. Great for
    0% interest on purchases for 3 months
    Credit limit up to £1,500
    Rebuilding credit ratings
    But be aware that
    This card has a high standard APR

    Representative Example:

    If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 35.94% p.a. (variable) your representative rate will be 35.9% APR (variable).

  15. Great for
    Building your credit rating
    Starting with a credit limit from £150 to £1000
    Online and SMS account management
    But be aware that
    You cannot apply if you currently hold an Aquis, Granite or Black Diamond card
    The APR is dependent on your personal circumstances

    Representative Example:

    If you spend £500 at a purchase interest rate of 39.94% p.a. (variable) your representative rate will be 39.9% APR (variable).

  16. Great for
    A manageable credit limit of £100 - £300, that could increase after four months
    Helps to build your credit rating and offers FREE unlimited access to your credit report
    Helpful UK based call centre staff to answer your questions
    But be aware that
    The APR is dependent on your personal circumstances
    You must not have received a CCJ in the past 12 months

    Representative Example:

    If you spend £300 at a purchase interest rate of 49.94% p.a. (variable) your representative rate will be 49.9% APR (variable).

  17. Great for
    Initial credit limit up to £1,000
    Building your credit limit over time
    But be aware that
    You cannot apply if you currently hold an Aquis, Vanquis or Granite card
    The APR is dependent on your personal circumstances

    Representative Example:

    If you spend £1,000 at a purchase interest rate of 59.94% p.a. (variable) your representative rate will be 59.9% APR (variable).

Credit builder credit card

If you have had problems with debt in the past, it is likely that your credit score will have been damaged. A low credit rating affects your ability to borrow and obtain competitive deals on credit cards, with lenders being wary of anyone with a less than perfect history.

However, there are other things that can affect your credit score too, such as having little or no history of borrowing. It might seem strange that you could never have had a problem with debt and still have difficulties getting credit, but if you’ve never borrowed providers have no indication of whether or not you are a responsible borrower and so steer clear of lending to you or giving you a credit facility.

Whatever your reason is for a having bad credit, it doesn’t need to be permanent. It is possible to repair your score, and one of the ways to do this is by getting a credit builder credit card.

What are credit builder credit cards and what advantages do they offer?

A credit builder credit card is a type of card available to those not likely to be accepted for more mainstream deals.

They are beneficial as they give you access to credit but, providing you make repayments on time every month, you can, over time, prove you can manage money responsibly.

The downside to these cards is that they have very high rates of interest which reflects the risk that providers are taking. However, as long as you ensure you clear your balance every month, you won’t have to pay a penny in interest.

The other downside is that they are also likely to have relatively low credit limits. But once you have re-built your score you should be able to qualify for better deals.

If you do have a low credit score, don’t be tempted to try to apply for one of the more competitive deals. Every time you get rejected, it further damages your score, meaning it will take even longer to get back on your financial feet.

If you are not sure what cards you are likely to qualify for, using MoneySupermarket’s Smart Search tool will give you an idea of the cards you may be accepted for. Alternatively, you might wish to apply for your credit report which will allow you to see in detail what your score is and monitor it on a regular basis.

But credit cards are not the only option for those looking to restore their credit score. Some prepaid cards, which require you to load up cash on them before you spend, also offer a bolt-on Creditbuilder facility. This is where the card provider effectively ‘lends’ you a year’s worth of monthly card fees upfront. The loan itself is interest-free but you will be expected to pay it back over the course of 12 months. Details of how reliable you are with your payments will be passed to credit reference agencies and, if it’s positive, could help boost your credit score. This means you can help yourself without risking getting into debt or paying any expensive interest.

Comparing credit builder cards

Using MoneySupermarket will allow you to compare credit builder cards and find the best deal for you.

Different cards will come with different rates of interest and some will even come with added benefits, such as the ability to earn rewards. MoneySupermarket’s credit builder card channel will allow you to browse and weigh up which one could be the best deal for you.

It’s imperative, though, that once you have chosen a card and been accepted, you use it to your advantage. Defaulting on payments will result in you paying hefty rates of interest and getting caught in a debt cycle again – not to mention further damaging your score.

The bottom line is that, if you want to be eligible for competitive deals in the future, having a good credit score is imperative.

Your personalised chance of approval

We've taken the details you gave, and used them to show you personalised scores to tell you the chance that your application for each card would be successful.

Why is this important?

Every time you apply for a credit card, a mark is left on your credit score. That means it's better get it right first time. Your scores help you understand which cards you have the strongest chance of getting.

It's easy!

The higher the score, the stronger chance you have of getting the card. If you see a very low score, you've probably better off choosing a different card.

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Your chances are good
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You've been pre approved

If you see a high score, you can be fairly confident. The scores aren't a guarantee, as acceptance of your application is at the sole discretion of the card issuer, but they should help guide your choice.

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In some cases, we will not be able to display a score for a product because we do not have enough information about the card issuer’s acceptance criteria or we have not been able to match your details at the credit bureau.

We work closely with our partners to improve our eligibility scores for all products that are of interest to you.

We're free, independent and compare all UK credit cards as well as offering exclusive deals you can't get anywhere else.

Moneysupermarket is a credit broker – this means we’ll show you products offered by lenders. We never take a fee from customers for this broking service. Instead we are usually paid a fee by the lenders – though the size of that payment doesn’t affect how we show products to customers.

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