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    Can You Use a Debit Card to Rent a Car?

    Debit Card Car RentalNot every traveler has a credit card in their name, and those who don't may find themselves wondering "Can you use a debit card to rent a car?"

    The good news is that, while not typical protocol among car rental companies, Auto Europe can help you find a rental car option that will work for you, even if you only have a debit card! Read on to learn more about renting a car with a debit card. 

    All About Renting a Car with a Debit Card

    As you probably already know, the majority of car rental suppliers specifically require a credit card in the name of the primary driver in order to pick up a rental vehicle. This creates difficulty among those interested in renting a car with a debit card because it seems the odds are against them.

    But there's no need to worry! When you've got Auto Europe on your side, remember that you'll be backed by one of the most trusted names in the entire industry. We'll go the extra mile for our customers and help you find the perfect rental car for your individual needs by leveraging our over 60 years of experience.

    What Suppliers Can I Rent from with a Debit Card

    Auto Europe has been partnering with the most reliable and trusted suppliers across the globe for over 60 years. Most major international suppliers will allow a traveler to book a rental car as long as they have enough money on their debit card to cover the deductible on the rental. Use your debit card to book with well-known and trusted suppliers including Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty, and more! Enter your pick-up city in the booking engine above, select your dates and find a great rate on your next rental in Europe.

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    Where Can I Rent a Car With a Debit Card?

    Different rental companies have different rules regarding what you'll need to pick up a vehicle. While you'll always need a valid driver's license, for instance, credit card requirements will vary. Most suppliers will not rent a car to you without a credit card, but almost every major city has at least one company that will allow you to rent a car with a debit card.

    Rather than spending hours calling different companies and looking for one that will allow you to use a debit card to rent a car, simply book with Auto Europe and let us do the hard work for you! We accept all major forms of payment (including debit cards) and, thanks to our special relationships with all the best car rental companies, our experienced agents can help you find a rate with a supplier that allows debit card car rentals.

    Use our easy 3-step booking engine at the top of this page or give us a call any time, 24/7 and toll-free at 1-888-223-5555, to speak with a member of our team.

    Other Considerations When Renting a Car with a Debit Card

    While you can easily pay for your rental car through Auto Europe with a debit card, it is important to be sure that you won't need to present a credit card upon pick up at your chosen rental location. In addition, renters should be aware that, when renting a car with a debit card, you will need sufficient available funds to cover the cost of the deductible on your rental. 

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    Call us to Learn About Debit Card Car RentalsHow to Rent a Car With a Debit Card

    The majority of rental car companies require a credit card to pick up their vehicles, but it is possible to rent a car with a debit card, and Auto Europe can help. Auto Europe's unique partnerships with major car rental companies around the world allows us to quickly identify local companies that will accept your debit card to reserve and pay for your vehicle. It doesn't take much extra time to rent a car with a debit card, and you can typically book over the phone with Auto Europe in as little as 5-15 minutes. The amount of money it takes to rent a car with a debit card will vary depending upon the particular details of your rental agreement, but in many cases it won't be significantly more costly than it would be to rent with a credit card.


    Items You'll Need to Rent a Car With a Debit Card

    • A debit card
    • A valid driver's license
    • Enough money on your debit card to cover the cost of your car rental

    Steps to Rent a Car With a Debit Card

    1. Preparing to Rent a Car With a Debit Card
    • Step 1 - Determine your rental car budget and the dates of your trip.
    • Step 2 - Visit on your computer or smartphone or call our reservation team toll-free, 24/7 at 1-888-223-5555.
    • Step 3 - Let your reservation agent know that you can only pay for your rental with a debit card so they can quote you rates from local companies that accept debit cards.
    • Step 4 - Compare rates and inventory in your travel destination to find the best vehicle and price for you.
    2. Selecting Your Rental Car and Optional Insurance Coverage
    • Step 1 - Review the available vehicle choices with your reservation agent.
    • Step 2 - Select your vehicle, and then choose optional equipment (like a roof rack, child seat, special tires, etc.) and/or insurance coverage to reduce the deductible you would owe in the event of an accident or theft.
    3. Finalizing the Transaction
    • Step 1 - Confirm your booking by pre-paying for your rental car with your debit card.
    • Step 2 - Receive your confirmation voucher from Auto Europe. This voucher will include details about your pick-up location, travel dates, and the hours of operation of the local car rental counter.
    4. Picking Up Your Vehicle
    • Step 1 - Note the location of the local car rental office on your voucher and the office's hours of operation. Make sure the office will be open and staffed when you arrive. If it isn't, call us to explore your options for a smooth pick-up experience.
    • Step 2 - Have a copy of your Auto Europe booking voucher with you, along with your driver's license and the debit card you used to complete the booking.
    • Step 3 - Go to the rental car pick-up counter to check in and obtain your keys. It's always a good idea to take a minute to document the condition of your vehicle prior to leaving the lot. Take photos of any existing damage you see. This prevents the local rental company from claiming that pre-existing damage was your fault when you return the car.