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GM BuyPower Card Review

overall rating
4.5

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If a new Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, or GMC vehicle is in your plans, the GM BuyPower card has no annual fee and can help you earn rewards to apply toward the cost of a new or preowned vehicle at participating GM dealerships—or to service a GM car you now own. You’ll get 5% in rewards on up to the first $5,000 you spend on the card every year, then 2% on further purchases for the year. Those rewards are applied—and can only be applied—to the purchase or lease of a new GM-branded vehicle or to pay for maintenance and accessories from a GM dealer. There’s also a 0% APR offer on new purchases for 12 months.

BuyPower Card

overall rating
4.5
BuyPower Card
On Capital One's Secured Site.
Recommended Credit Score Our recommended ranges are based off of the FICO® Score 8 credit-scoring model. Credit score is one of the many factors lenders review in considering your application.
350 579
580 669
670 739
740 799
800 850
Good - Excellent
Regular APR (%) 15.24% - 24.24% variable
Annual Fee $0
Rewards Earning Rate 5% Earnings on your first $5,000 in purchases every year, then 2% unlimited Earnings on purchases after that.
INTRO PURCHASE APR 0% for 12 Months
Balance Transfer Fee There is no standard balance transfer fee for this card.
Foreign transaction fee (%) 0%
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The GM BuyPower card is not one of our top-rated rewards credit cards. You can review our list of the best rewards credit cards for what we think are better options.

Full Review of GM BuyPower Card

Pros
  • High rewards rates for a card with no annual fee

  • Introductory APR

Cons
  • No bonus

  • Only one option to redeem rewards

  • High late payment fees and penalty APR

Pros Explained

  • High Rewards Rates For a Card With No Annual Fee: If you’re in the market for a new GM vehicle, the GM BuyPower card offers an exceptional rewards, especially for a card with no annual fee. You’ll get 5% in earnings on the first $5,000 you spend each year, giving you $250 towards a new car if you charge the maximum to the card. After reaching that spending threshold, you’ll get an unlimited (and still-decent) 2% in earnings on further purchases. That’s a higher rewards rate than you’ll find with most credit cards. 
  • Introductory 0% APR: The GM BuyPower card has an introductory 0% APR for purchases. You’ll get 0% APR for 12 months after opening an account; after that, your variable APR will be between 15.24% to 24.24%. If you’re planning on making major purchases or taking a vacation, this introductory offer gives you a full year to make payments on them without paying interest charges. 

Cons Explained

  • No Bonus: Unfortunately, the GM BuyPower doesn’t come with an introductory bonus. That’s a big drawback, especially considering that almost all other business cards offer such incentives. 
  • Limited Redemption Options: While most business cards offer multiple, and quite different, ways to redeem rewards, the GM BuyPower has only two options. Both involve redeeming your rewards with GM. Earnings can be used to buy or lease a new GM vehicle or, to an annual limit of $250, for in-dealership purchases of GM parts, servicing, and accessories. The rewards can also be applied to the cost of vehicle costs like SiriusXM subscriptions or OnStar plans. 

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The GM BuyPower is strictly for those who plan to buy a GM vehicle in future, or who now own one that they need to have regularly serviced. If either or both of those conditions apply, there’s virtually no downside to getting this card. 

At minimum, you could charge the $5,000 a year required to earn $250 in GM credits, and use that money for maintenance at a GM dealership. After that milestone is reached, and the card’s 5% rewards rate expires for the rest of the year, it may still make sense to use the GM BuyPower as your default card for further purchases, if you eventually plan to buy a GM vehicle.The card’s appeal also increases if you plan major purchases in the year after you receive the new card. The 0% APR offer allows you to carry any or all purchases in that period without paying interest. 

Rewards Redemption Details

Your rewards can only be redeemed in two ways: 

  • Purchase or lease of a new Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, or GMC vehicle
  • Up to $250 in statement credits per year for in-dealership purchases of parts, accessories, servicing, and such add-ons like SiriusXM subscriptions and OnStar plans

Redemptions must be made at a GM-certified dealership. Your earnings can’t be redeemed for fleet vehicle incentive programs or combined with some offers and discounts, such as the GM Employee Discount Program, GM Company-Owned Vehicle Discount or the GM Supplier Discount Program. 

How to Maximize Your Rewards

If you own a GM vehicle or plan on buying one, you can get the most from this card by charging $5,000 to the card. Everything up to that amount charged to the card every year earns 5% in rewards. If you owned a GM vehicle, you can redeem those $250 in statement credits for service or parts for your car. Alternatively, you could use your rewards towards the purchase or lease of a new GM vehicle. 

Beyond the initial $5,000 in annual spending, you can earn further rewards by using your GM BuyPower card to pay for such routine purchases as groceries, gas and car repairs. Those purchases earn 2% in rewards that can be applied to the purchase of a new vehicle or up to a $250 limit each year for parts, servicing or add-ons like Sirius XM.

Still, if you plan to get a new GM vehicle, the rewards can certainly add up. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American spends $15,892 per year on food, clothing, fuel, entertainment, and personal care products. If you used your GM BuyPower card to pay all of those transactions, you'd earn 5% in rewards on the first $5,000 spent—$250. You’d earn 2% in rewards on the remaining $10,892, to earn a further $238 to put towards acquiring a vehicle. All told, you'd earn $468. 

For example, the Chevrolet Spark starts at $13,220. Use your rewards when you purchase a new model, and you’d have to pay just $12,752.16, plus tax, title, and fees. 

GM BuyPower's Outstanding Benefits

This card offers outstanding benefits for a card without an annual fee. You'll enjoy:

  • Events and experiences: With your card, you’ll get access to the Priceless Cities program. You can attend exclusive events like concerts, sports events, and spa treatments. 
  • Rental home access: With your card, you’ll get access to OneFineStay, a program that allows you to rent luxury vacation homes all over the world. 
  • Shoprunner membership: You'll get a complimentary Shoprunner membership. Through this program, you’ll get free two-day shipping and two-day returns from major retailers. 

Standard Benefits

  • Travel benefits: This card offers extensive travel benefits, including complimentary upgrades, concierge service, $1 million in travel accident insurance, trip-cancellation insurance, secondary car-rental insurance, airport concierge access, and emergency travel assistance services
  • Price protection
  • Extended warranty
  • Identity theft resolution services

Cardholder Experience

The GM BuyPower card is serviced by Capital One, one of the top card issuers in the country. According to the J.D. Power Credit Card Satisfaction Study, Capital One ranked third out of 11 national card issuers in customer satisfaction. 

You can contact customer service around the clock through secure email or by calling 1-888-316-2390. 

Security Features

This card offers standard security features such as zero-liability protection and fraud alerts. 

Capital One does give you access to CreditWise, a free service you can use to view your TransUnion credit report. And, you’ll get an alert whenever a creditor performs a credit inquiry or if an account is reported as delinquent. 

Our Verdict

The GM BuyPower card makes financial sense for almost anyone who owns a GM vehicle, and especially so if they plan to buy a new one at some point. 

At the very least, GM drivers can spend $5,000 a year on the card and use the $250 they earn to cover much or all of the routine maintenance for their GM vehicle. Here’s how this card’s rewards could take care of that. 

The average American car owner drives 13,474 miles a year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, and oil changes are typically made every 5,000 to 7,500 miles of driving and cost an average of $46, according to Angie's List. That makes oil changes alone an expense of between about $90 and $135 for the typical driver. Add another $60 to $80 or so for the recommended annual air filter change, and average car maintenance totals $150 to $210 on average, and that’s without other maintenance expenses such as tire replacement.With the rewards amount that can be used for maintenance capped at $250 annually, further spending on this card makes sense only for those who plan to buy or lease a GM, to which the additional earnings can be applied. If that isn’t the case, it could make sense to use the GM BuyPower card only for the $5,000 in annual spending needed to earn that $250, and then turn to other cards for the remainder of the year.

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overall rating
4.5
Recommended Credit Score Our recommended ranges are based off of the FICO® Score 8 credit-scoring model. Credit score is one of the many factors lenders review in considering your application.
350 579
580 669
670 739
740 799
800 850
Good - Excellent
Regular APR (%) 15.24% - 24.24% variable
Annual Fee $0
Rewards Earning Rate 5% Earnings on your first $5,000 in purchases every year, then 2% unlimited Earnings on purchases after that.
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  2. We utilize BLS (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) income and average category spending data to calculate annual earnings rates for rewards cards that offer cash back, points or miles rewards at a set rate on all spending or in consideration of bonus rewards for certain spending categories, like gasoline, groceries, restaurants or travel.
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