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Best Partially-Secured Card. The fact that the Capital One Secured Mastercard does not charge an annual fee and has the potential to be partially-secured makes it quite attractive for many people. With a partially-secured credit card, your credit line may exceed the amount of your security deposit, thereby providing you with an emergency line of credit, if needed, and enabling you to maximize your available credit. The more credit you have available, the faster your credit standing will improve. The Secured Mastercard credit card from Capital One (one of our advertisers) is therefore an option that at least merits consideration if you have bad or limited credit. To learn more about this helpful credit-building tool, check out our full review.
Best Rewards Secured Card. Not only does the Discover it Secured card lack an annual fee, but it actually offers rewards – a rare combination for the bad-credit crowd. You will earn 2% cash back on the first $1,000 you spend at restaurants and gas stations each quarter as well as 1% on everything else. And everything you earn the first year will be doubled. Plus, the card’s $200 minimum deposit is lower than what many competing offers require. For full disclosure, Discover is one of our advertising partners.
Best for No Credit Check. The OpenSky Secured Card (Issued by one of our advertising partners) is notable not because of its $200 minimum deposit or $35 annual fee, but rather because no credit check is required for approval. That means you can begin rebuilding your credit right away, no matter how damaged it may be. And with that in mind, $35 seems like a bargain.
Best Fully-Secured Card. Don’t let the branding fool you, the Harley Davidson Secured Credit Card is one of the best secured cards on the market in light of the fact that it doesn’t charge an annual fee. Secured cards are most commonly used by people who have damaged or little credit, and the most important thing to look for in either situation is a card with low fixed costs for which you can qualify. Low interest rates and rewards are of lesser concern because secured cards don’t tend to offer them. The fact that the Harley Card does offer some rewards therefore makes it that much more attractive.
Best Unsecured Card for Bad Credit. We tend not to recommend unsecured credit cards for bad credit given the prohibitive costs and low credit lines typical of the genre. If you truly need an emergency loan, however, this Credit One Bank Visa Card is your best bet. It charges a relatively modest annual fee of $0 - $75 the first year, depending on your credit standing, and $0 to $99 each year thereafter. And it even offers 1% cash back on eligible purchases. For full disclosure, Credit One Bank is one of our advertising partners.