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    Can You Rent a Car Without a Credit Card?

    If you've arrived at this page, chances are you're already aware that most car rental companies require a credit card in order to pick up a vehicle. You may have been told it's not possible when asking "can you rent a car without a credit card?" But Auto Europe is here to help!

    If you think a car rental with no credit card is impossible, think again. Thanks to our relationships with all the best suppliers around the world, Auto Europe can help you rent a car with with a debit card at a great low price.

    General Information About Renting a Car Without a Credit Card

    Many travelers wonder what the difficulty is with renting a car without a credit card. The fact of the matter is that the requirement has little to do with paying for the rental rate itself, and more to do with car rental insurances.

    Renting a Car Without a Credit CardRental car companies need to be sure that their vehicles stay in good condition and to do that they require a deposit before allowing anyone to drive their property off the lot. Cars are expensive machines, so these deposits can range anywhere from a few hundred Euro to several thousand (depending on specific vehicle class). The deposit you leave is to be used for any damages that occur to the vehicle while it is in your possession; so long as you return it in the same shape you got it in, you receive your full deposit amount back.

    Taking a deposit is easy with a credit card as the funds can simply be "blocked" or "held" on your account, to be released when you return the vehicle. When renting a car without a credit card, however, you will need to submit the full value of the deposit in cash. Rather than dealing with cash deposits, most rental car companies simply require a credit card upon pickup to make the process more manageable.  

    Debit or Credit Card: Important Considerations When Renting a Car

    When looking to rent a car without a credit card, it is important to note that debit cards are separate and different from credit cards. While these can easily be confused, debit cards, are not typically accepted when picking up your rental car. Be sure that you have the proper requirements before you depart for your vacation and you can avoid any hassles that may arise at the car rental counter. 

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    Rent a Car Without a Credit CardHow to Rent a Car Without a Credit Card

    As you probably know, most car rental companies require a credit card in order to pick up a vehicle, but it is possible to rent a car without a credit card. Auto Europe's unique partnerships with major car rental companies around the world allows us to help our clients rent without a credit card. 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 cost to rent a car without a credit card will vary depending upon the particular details of your rental agreement, but in many cases it won't be significantly more expensive than renting with a credit card.

    Items You'll Need to Rent a Car Without a Credit Card
    • A debit card
    • A valid driver's license
    • Enough money to cover the cost of your rental car

    Steps to Rent a Car Without a Credit Card
    1. Preparing to Rent a Car Without a Credit Card
    • Step 1 - Determine the dates of your trip and your rental car budget.
    • 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 won't be able to pay with a credit card so they can quote you rates from local companies that accept debit cards.
    • Step 4 - Compare 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 consider whether you want to add optional equipment (like a roof rack, child seat, special tires, etc.) 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 a debit card).
    • Step 2 - Receive your confirmation voucher from Auto Europe. Your voucher will include details about your pick-up location, travel dates, and the hours of operation of the local rental car office.
    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. It's a good idea to make sure the office will be open when you arrive.
    • 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. We recommend that you document the condition of your vehicle prior to leaving the lot by taking photos of any existing damage. This prevents the local rental company from claiming that pre-existing damage was your fault when you return the car.