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Hiring a Car Without Credit Card?

Wollongong...
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Hiring a Car Without Credit Card?

Hi all,

Just spoke with a lady from Europcar who said it wouldn't be possible for us to hire a car without a credit card. Has anyone been able to hire a car with just an Australian debit card?

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Sydney, Australia
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1. Re: Hiring a Car Without Credit Card?

From my understading the reason you need a credit card is so they can hold a bond on the vehicle excess and they release it once the car is handed back with no issues.It is the same in most parts of the world when renting vehicles.

New South Wales...
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2. Re: Hiring a Car Without Credit Card?

I don't think you can hire a car anywhere without a recognised card such as Visa, Mastercard or Amex. Vendors can't deduct money from your account with a debit card however you can purchase "travel cards" from your bank or Australia Post. These are loaded with your own money and you can use them as a credit card whilst on holiday. Alternatively, some banks offer a Visa debit card which functions in the same way but as far as the vendor is concerned, you are paying by credit card. It's a much more secure way of paying whilst travelling.

Wollongong...
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3. Re: Hiring a Car Without Credit Card?

Think I've got it all sorted now. Thank you both :)

Houston, texas, USA
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4. Re: Hiring a Car Without Credit Card?

Visa debit card has worked in the past.

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5. Re: Hiring a Car Without Credit Card?

yes as Post#2 has pointed out the visa debit card will work (we have one through the bank) unlike the credit card though which justs holds down your credit limit the debit card takes it directly out of your account so you need to have the funds in there in the first place.

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