Clarify Car Hire - Get Quotes for Car Hire with a Debit Card - Rent a car with no Credit Card.
We can offer debit card car rentals in many locations worldwide. Find car hire without a credit card with Clarify Car Hire fast.
Run a quote by filling out the form above and your results will show those companies who will accept a debit card to pay for car rental at the desk. Watch our handy video below which shows you how.
Normally car hire firms insist on customers using a credit card to pay for their car hire - and in most circumstances it is far better for the car hirer to do so for some or all of the following reasons:
Debit card users normally have to buy extra insurance at the desk - which can cost up to £20 a day. This is because the car hire company then knows that if the car is damaged they won't, in most circumstances, have to charge you at the end of the hire.
Debit card holders may well have to undergo a credit check and pass it before they can rent a car - car hire companies like to make sure that, if there was uninsured damage at the end of the rent, (say due to driver negligence) that the hirer would be able to pay.
In some instances car hire firms freeze real money on your account - effectively taking money off your debit card - and then refund it after you have returned the car. It can however take up to two weeks after you have dropped the car back for the refund to go through, depriving you of the use of those monies in the meantime. The reason it takes so long is that debit cards are not designed to be used for pre-authorisations in the same way as credit cards so, in some instances, the car hire firm has to contact your bank and get it removed manually - all of which takes time.
There are often more stringent identification processes at the desk when you use a debit card to hire a car - we would always say to take a passport as well as your drivers licence and in addition a recent (not more than three months old) proof of address (a utility bill or bank statement which matches the address on your drivers licence).
Some car hire firms restrict debit card users to their lower value cars.
Credit Cards therefore offer more flexibility and would be our recommended way forward - and, if you are more than three weeks away from your pickup date, it might be worth considering applying for a no foreign transaction fee credit card so you don't have to face the pitfalls above.
Car Hire Without a Credit Card
We offer car hire without a credit card in many locations around the world including:
We are continually widening the range of countries and destinations where you can hire a car without a credit card so, if you don't see any options for your chosen destination when you first try, do come back to us as we update our site on a regular basis.
It's also really important that you read the requirements for debit cards, as some debit cards are not accepted. For example neither the Visa Electron and Solo cards, or unembossed debit cards are acceptable. An unembossed card is one where the numbers are not raised from the card surface, and cannot therefore be used in an old style credit card machine that car hire companies tend to use to act as their record of your card.
We can accept debit card bookings either online or on the phone so if you would like help or have any queries at all please do call us on 0330 222 0369.