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Renting A Car With A Debit Card Is Not A Dream!

How to Rent a Car With a Debit Card

As we all know, most of the rental companies are only accepting a credit card while taking payment at the counter. Nonetheless, if you don’t have a credit card and still want to rent a car, here we listed all possible options for you.

Can I rent a car with a debit card from all companies?

Renting a car with a debit card is not easy as renting a car with a credit card. However, most of the rental companies are accepting debit cards with some extra requirements.

What else do I need to bring with me?

Companies that let their customers use debit cards as a payment method, apply extra conditions. You need to bring some extra documents with you to the counter. Roughly, the documents that you need to bring with you to the counter are:

  • Utility Bills
  • Driver's License
  • ID Card
  • Recent paycheck stubs
  • Proof of insurance

In addition to these documents, rental companies may check your credit score or they may only accept debit cards from certain companies like MasterCard, Visa and Discover etc.

Rent a Car with Debit Card

Which companies accepts debit cards?

1. Dollar

Due to Dollar’s last debit card policy change in 2019, renting a car with a debit card is much easier. If you are making your reservation more than 24 hours in advance, the only thing that you need to provide is your debit card! Otherwise, some additional documents will be required at the counter. These documents are:

  • Driver's License
  • Form of identification
  • ID Card
  • Utility bill of current month which states the current address of renter

2. Enterprise

Enterprise is one of the biggest car rental companies worldwide. They accept payment with debit cards in the US, Canada (only non-airport locations) and Puerto Rico. However, conditions may change depending on the location. You can see what you need if you want to pay your rental from Enterprise with a debit card below. These requirements based on their last policy update.

  • Flight ticket (for airport locations)
  • Sufficient funds for rental and security deposit
  • Proof of protection plan (you can buy protection plan on Carla App)
  • Two utility bills for downtown locations
  • Recent paycheck stubs

3. Alamo

Alamo accepts payment with a debit card option on their US locations. They ask for you to bring:

  • Debit Cards from VISA, MasterCard or Discover (Discover not accepted at Canada)
  • Return travel itinerary required at airport locations.
  • $200 deposit fee

4. Budget

Some of Budget’s locations are accepting debit cards but not every location. Budget’s advice on customers is checking if the location accepts a debit card or not before making a reservation. If the location accepts payments with a debit card, there are also extra required documents too. These documents are:

  • $200 deposit
  • Driver's License
  • ID Card (renter must be at least 25 years old)
  • Debit Cards from MasterCard or VISA
  • Return Flight Itinerary (only for airport locations)

5. Avis

Renting a car with a debit card from Avis is easier than most of the other companies. Avis doesn’t require external documents and they are not charging a deposit fee. If the renter is older than 25 years old and if they could pass the credit check, they can easily rent a car with a debit card.

6. Sixt

Like most other companies, Sixt accepts debit cards at some locations. Sixt separates customers into two groups called local and non-local customers. International customers are part of the non-local group. Different conditions apply on groups at different locations.

  • Local customers can’t use their debit cards on airport locations.
  • At non airport locations, local and non-local customers can rent a car with a debit card with car class restrictions. These restrictions vary upon location and customer group.
  • Local customers needs to provide ID and utility bill at the counter

7. National

National accepts renting a car with a debit card if you have fulfilled these requirements.

  • Debit Cards from VISA, MasterCard or Discover (Discover not accepted at Canada)
  • Return travel itinerary required at airport locations.
  • $200 deposit fee

8. Hertz

Hertz accepts debit cards at most of their locations if the debit card has MasterCard, VISA or Discover and if customers are fulfilling these requirements.

  • Vehicle class reserved is Compact through Full Size only
  • Return travel itinerary for airport locations.
  • Reservation should be made at least 24 hours in advance
  • ID Card
  • Driver's License
  • Utility bill of current month which states the current address of renter for downtown reservations
  • $200 deposit
Driver's License ID Card Utility Bill Deposit Return Travel Itinerary Proof of Protection Plan Recent Paycheck Stubs Notes
Dollar Yes Yes Yes - - - - Form of identification required.
Enterprise Yes - Yes $200 Yes (for airport locations) Yes Yes -
Alamo Yes - - $200 Yes (for airport locations) - - Only debit cards from VISA, MasterCard and Discover
Budget Yes Yes Yes $200 Yes (for airport locations) - - Only debit cards from VISA, MasterCard
Avis Yes - - - - - - Renter must be at least 25 years old.
Sixt Yes Yes Yes - - - - Local customers can't use their debit cards at airport locations.
National Yes - Yes $200 - - - Only debit cards from VISA, MasterCard and Discover
Hertz Yes Yes Yes $200 Yes (for airport locations) - - Car class restrictions may apply.

Step by step guide to rent a car with a debit card

  • Firstly, you need to determine your travel dates and travel locations.
  • After you made your travel plan, you can search for the best available deals near you on Carla App.
  • You can use the filter option in the Carla app to see the suppliers accepting the debit card.
  • Compare the deals among best suppliers and select the car for your ride.
  • Finalize the reservation with paying a prepayment amount through Carla.
  • Check your email for the confirmation voucher of your rental.
  • Prepare your documents before you go to pick up your ride.
  • Make sure you have sufficient funds for the deposit amount too.
  • Go to the rental location at your pickup time and pay the rest with your debit card.
  • Enjoy your ride!

Guest Author: Jessica May

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