I've had this car for over a year now with ZERO issues. This is a great card for people who have BAD credit. My credit score was 473 now it's 574 fico not ck. Ck says I'm 640ish. Before getting this card I tried every single other credit card and got declined. The reason being whenever I was 18 I ran up about 8k worth of credit card debt and let it go and actually got sued. So I've been in the process of rebuilding. Anyways this is a card you only load 200 dollars onto and only use it to pay netflix or something small every month and pay Balance off in full every statement and forget about it. This isn't a daily use credit card. If you can't afford to basically put 200 dollars onto it and forget about it... Than this card IS NOT for you. If you follow the few simple rules than it'll be your best friend and rebuild your credit as intended! I now have 3 credit cards and approved for an auto loan with capital one! Open sky is my only secured credit card and I don't plan to close it until I have enough positive credit to out weigh closing it.
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- Annual Fee $35
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- Purchase Regular APR 17.89%* Variable
The OpenSky® Secured Credit Visa® Card is a good choice for people who are looking to build their credit without paying too much in fees.
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The OpenSky® Secured Credit Visa® Card reports regularly to all 3 major credit bureaus, making it useful for building credit. The $35 annual fee is relatively low for a card aimed at people with limited credit history, and there are no other processing, servicing or application fees. There’s no credit check for applicants, and the 17.89% APR is competitive for a card made for low score users.
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There’s a slightly higher penalty APR for cardholders who have missed a payment. This is also a secured credit card, meaning you’ll have to put down a deposit equal to your credit line in order to get access to credit.
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I've had this card a little over a year now. I try to remind myself that it is only a tool in my toolbox. And bearing that in mind, they are very good at reporting your balance and payment data every month. But here are a couple of things that you may benefit from knowing:
1. They report your balance/data near the end of the month (the 28th or so). That's when they do mine. Ask them when they do yours. Make your payment so that it processes through before your reporting date, then don't add anything else to the account until after the reporting date. Your balance will be lower, and your utilization percentage will be it's most favorable, at that time than any other time during your billing cycle. Make sense?
2. The only way to get your secured deposit back is to close the card.
3. The only way to get a credit increase is to deposit more money into your account.
4. If you get frustrated and close your account, it's going to affect your CR in a negative way. Primarily because you have reduced your overall creditworthiness (one less open account). I have one, my son has one. I think once I've accumulated a few other accounts for 2+ years, my CR will be strong enough to take the ding from closing the account.
So, that's what I've learned first hand from having this card. And what I wish someone would have passed on to me. It's a good "last resort" to have in your toolbox, just remember it is a tool and the goal is to get better cards down the line.
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