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How to Rent a Car with a Debit Card

Rent a Car with Debit Card

Guest Author: Marybeth Markovic


Does SIXT accept Debit Cards?

SIXT accepts Debit Card in the selected locations although there are some restrictions. Car classes may be limited. (please see below)

Does SIXT accept cash?

Cash is not accepted with SIXT.

Are there any age restrictions?

There may be restrictions with car classes for in-state renters.

Do terms vary by locations?

Yes, it may particularly vary in downtown locations.

- There are some ways to pay for the rental car with a Debit Card. First of all, please keep in mind that you need two forms of government-issued identification, available funds in your Debit Card.

- If you are an out of state renter, you may use a Debit Card but you cannot rent a car with a luxury or premium class.

- If you are an in state renter, you are required to provide original and current utility. It should match with your name and address. Additionally, in-state renters may only rent vans, up to standard sedans, up to intermediate SUVs and pickup trucks with a Debit Card at non-airport locations.

- If you are an international customer, you can rent a car from SIXT with a Debit Card issued in your own country. You can rent a car for all car classes except for Specialty cars. Please remember that you need to provide the return airline ticket/round trip flight itinerary upon pick-up.


Does ACE accept Debit Cards?

They accept Visa and MasterCard Debit Cards.

Does ACE accept cash?

Cash is only accepted upon the return of the vehicle.

Are there any age restrictions?

Minimum 21 ages.

Do terms vary by location?

Not specified

- It is important to note that the Debit Cards must be bank issued with either VISA or MasterCard.

- If you wish to rent a car by using a Debit Card, please note that at least 250 USD deposit will be charged along with the total payment of the car rental upon the-pickup.

- Air arriving and international customers must provide a round trip airline ticket that brackets the rental dates.

- Prepaid cards are not accepted by ACE.


Does Europcar accept Debit Cards?

You can use a Maestro Debit Card issued by a U.K bank and for customers in the UK with Europcar. If you have a VISA card, they may also be accepted on some destinations. It may vary by country. If you want to pay with a Debit Card, you must ensure that the Debit Card has sufficient funds for the entire car rental payment including the deposit.

Does Europcar accept cash?

Cash can be used in domestic rentals and for “Mini”, “Economy” class vehicles. Europcar suggest that the renters must always follow the guides for the specific country’s terms and conditions.

Are there any age restrictions?

You must be at least 21 years old in most countries if you plan on making a reservation with Europcar.

Do terms vary by location?

Since Europcar has offices in many different countries including the US and Europe, terms may vary.

- Europcar has different terms and conditions and policies based on the countries. Since it has offices worldwide, they are not able to provide the same rules for each location. Therefore, it may be risky to pay with a Debit Card if you wish to rent a car from Europcar. It is strictly advised to contact their customer service beforehand if you do not have a credit card.


Does Dollar accept Debit Cards?

You can use a Debit Card issued under VISA, MasterCard or Discover logo with Dollar.
If the reservation is made more than 24 hours before the pick-up time or for a car class except Premium, Convertible and Luxury, an authorization amount including the estimated total for the rental charges and an incremental hold of $200 will be required.
If you would like to use a Debit Card for a reservation made less than 24 hours before the pick-up time, you can still use a Debit Card but there may be some restrictions. Details are mentioned below.

Does Dollar accept cash?

Dollar accepts cash only for the deposit. To do this, you must apply for a Cash Deposit Identification Card which can be obtained through Dollar website. For this process, the applicant must be at least 20 years old (18 in some states). We would like to remind that the processing fees or additional charges may be applied to complete this process.

Are there any age restrictions?

You must be at least 20 years old (18 years old in some states).

Do terms vary by location?

It is not specified however the terms may vary in downtown locations of Dollar.

- Dollar has recently updated the debit car rental policy. In order to rent a car, you are now able to use a Debit Card with most of the locations in the US.

- If you would like to use a Debit Card for a reservation made less than 24 hours before the pick-up time or for a Premium, Convertible, Luxury vehicle, you must provide a valid driving license in the driver’s name and one of the following documents mentioned below:

An alternative credit card, Foreign Country issued passport in the driver’s name, United States or Foreign Country Issued Military Identification Card in the driver’s name

Please note that the necessary documents and the Debit Card must be in the driver’s name.

- Dollar may need the details of your travel plan including the flight tickets.

- A security deposit may be required to rent your vehicle with a Debit Card.

- It is also noted that you can pay for your car rental with a Debit Card during the return. For this process, you must use an alternative credit card during the pick-up to secure the payment. After returning, the security deposit will be released and you will be able to use the Debit Card for the rental payment.

Accepts Debit Cards Accepts cash Age restrictions Terms vary by location
SIXT Yes (Details specified) No Minimum 21 Yes
ACE Yes (Details specified) No (only accepted upon the return of the vehicle) Minimum 21 Not specified
Europcar Yes (Details specified) Yes (only for Mini and Economy classes) Minimum 21 for most of the locations. Yes
Dollar Yes (Details specified) No (only for the deposit) Minimum 20, Minimum 18 in some states Not specified
Budget Yes (Details specified) No Minimum 21 Yes
Avis Yes (Details specified) No (only accepted upon the return of the vehicle) Minimum 25 Yes
Advantage Yes (Details specified) Yes (Details specified) Minium 21 (Drivers between 21-24 should provide an insurance) Yes
Hertz Yes (Details specified) Yes (With special ID card) Minium 25 Yes
Enterprise Yes (Details specified) Yes (Through Cash Qualification process) Not specified Yes
Alamo Yes Yes (Details specified) Not specified Yes
Thrifty Yes (Details specified) Yes (With a special ID card) Minimum 25 Yes
National Yes (Details specified) Yes (only at downtown locations) Not specified Yes

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