5 Best Gas Cards For Bad Credit In 2013

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gas pump payment terminalIf you have a bad credit score, there’s more than one reason why gas credit cards can be useful:

  1. Saving money on fuel
  2. Some are easier to qualify for
  3. Most don’t charge an annual fee

So which are the best gas credit cards for people with bad credit? Here are a few to think about…

1. Clark Credit Card

If you live in an area where there are Clark stations, this is perhaps the most lucrative choice for rewards – it gives a 4% rebate.

The bad news? It’s a MasterCard (vs. store-only card) and as a result, you can’t have downright awful credit.

But if your credit isn’t good enough for a prime tier card (Chase, AmEx, etc) but you still want a gas rewards card, then try applying for the Clark MasterCard. I would estimate that fairly bad credit scores in the mid-600s still might qualify. Here is the Clark gas card review.

2. Shell “Drive For Five” Card

Despite its marketing, this card is hardly rewarding…

It gives a 5 cent rebate per gallon, but only if you buy at least 45 gallons of Shell fuel per month. Buy less than that, you don’t get the rebate.

Worse yet, when prices at the pump are $4.00+ that means your rewards are the equivalent of only 1.25% cash back (or less).

That being said, if you want a credit card with no fee that’s easy to get approved for, then it’s worth checking out. Watch out though for the whopping 24.99% interest rate. A more thorough review of the Shell credit card will explain everything you need to know about it.

3. ExxonMobil Personal Card

This will be one of the easiest to get for people with bad credit. It’s no frills all the way:

  • It can only be used at ExxonMobil stations
  • There is no rewards program
  • The interest rate is high

Why would anyone find that appealing? I can only think of a single reason… it could be a good choice if you are at the first stage of rebuilding. If you want to start with 3-4 credit cards that are low or no cost, this could be one of them. But it will become quite costly if you ever carry a balance with an ExxonMobil card, so don’t.

4. Regular Marathon Card

If you live in the Midwest, there’s a good chance Marathon stations are in your neck of the woods (there are over 5,000 of them). Out of all the gas credit cards for bad credit, this one has a couple of noteworthy benefits:

  • Rewards? Yep. As you’ve seen so far, that’s a rarity for entry-level gas station accounts. The Marathon card gives a 2 cent/gallon rebate. Of course with $4+ prices, that’s hardly worth a half-percent, but it is better than nothing.
  • Ohio-based customer service. On the application they make note of the fact that customer service is in Ohio. It’s not often that cards for bad/fair credit offer U.S. call centers, so this is a pleasant surprise.
  • No annual fee.

You can learn more about the Marathon card here before applying.

5. Meijer credit card

This is another one I’m including for folks in the Midwest (hey, it’s where I was born). For anyone with good or great credit, this card is actually a horrible choice.

So why am I recommending it? These 3 reasons:

  • It can be used for more than just gas. Their card can be used at their stores as well their gas stations. This makes it a lot more useful than your typical gas station card.
  • It gives rewards, albeit dismal. Again keeping things in perspective, for this category it’s rare to have a rewards program. This card will chuck back a few pennies on fuel as well as your grocery purchases at Meijers.
  • There’s no annual fee.

With its excessively high interest rate, be careful to always pay your bill in full each month. Here is my Meijer card review.

Your bad credit leaves few options…

With the exception of the Clark card (which is more for fair credit) almost any entry-level gas station credit card is going to be a lousy deal. In fact, there are bank-issued cards for people with good credit which give significantly higher fuel rebates, at all brands of stations. So ironically, you can earn higher fuel rewards by using a card that is not affiliated with a given brand.

Really it means that station-branded cards have only one purpose – using them as a stepping stone to rebuild your credit.

It’s certainly a lot cheaper to get one of them along with a couple good secured credit cards.

17 comments... read them below or add your own

  1. tametha March 22, 2014 at 12:54PM

    I would like to open a gas card but my credit is not all that good

  2. donrp49@aol.com March 13, 2014 at 9:37PM

    come on people , apply? dont get your feeling hurt, we have all been turned down. you just got to keep trying. try bp, shell, marothron, chevron texeco, pilot, exxon, etc etc. they will give you credit. just be honest on app. i have them all with lousy credit, dont give up.

  3. donrp49@aol.com March 13, 2014 at 9:30PM

    come on people, if you got bad credit, try to get cards, never go over half of whats onit. always pay it off are dont leave over 25 bucks on it. never pay it off, unlessu intened to drop it. the more cards you got that builds your credit, just dont use them up. never, i repete never go over half of what it si. your credit will come up and you can get what you want, been there done that and want do it again. just trying to help you. i have went from a400mand something to almost a 700 now. i have about 12 credit cards , gas, and credit now. pleasedo as i suggested and you can do the same as me. i do not max my cards out and i always remember that every dollar i put on my cards have to be payed off on the 1st of the month. GOOD LUCK GUYS AND GIRLS. IDONE IT AND YOU CAN TO.

  4. Elizabeth G. October 30, 2013 at 9:35AM

    I have bad credit but have a few cards, but would like to get a gas credit card just for gas for my husband, – Elizabeth

  5. jennifer gardner October 26, 2013 at 11:30AM

    Looking for something to help build up my credit.

    • Eugene Murray January 20, 2014 at 12:14PM

      Yes I am trying to buy a house, and I was told I needed to build my credit score up because me and my son have the same name, and all of his credit scores and bills keep coming up on my credit score.

    • kenneth burdge January 25, 2014 at 5:48PM

      i need some one to help me build my credit up again

  6. tito p August 13, 2013 at 7:42AM

    Who are you guys talking to? There is nobody on the other end that will (or can) help you. This is for comments, like – the APR doesn’t matter if you pay off the balance every month. Look for cards with no annual fee and you can rebuild/establish credit for free…

  7. lazaro nogueira July 26, 2013 at 7:10AM

    I need help finding a gas card my credit is kinda bad but dnt know how bad can you help …. thanks

    • CLAY September 27, 2013 at 9:57AM


  8. Robert Chandler June 28, 2013 at 9:38AM

    Need a gas card to help build credit

    • tamika July 1, 2013 at 7:30PM

      I am try to build credit too. When I was younger I didn’t know any better.

    • Al Hogan April 2, 2014 at 12:12PM

      I need a gas card

  9. maxine gaye April 5, 2013 at 1:26PM

    I would like to open a gas card.

    • kenneth burdge January 25, 2014 at 5:49PM

      iwould like to open a gas card

    • sheila January 26, 2014 at 1:19PM

      I would like to open a gas card I have bad credit

  10. javier March 14, 2013 at 5:26PM

    Need help to open a credit line….

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