USA Car Hire Without A Credit Card

Hi all,

Being the holder of a major credit use to be the only way you could hire a car in the USA. Suppliers required a credit card imprint as part of their insurance validation process.

So upon arrival at the suppliers pick up location the lead driver would be required to show

  1. Their car rental voucher (mobile or printed)
  2. Their full driving licence
  3. A credit card.

What happens if I don’t have a credit card?

Not everybody has a credit card, so what are the alternatives?

Well some suppliers will accept a cash deposit; usually around $200-$300 per week the cash is not kept at the car rental office therefore once the vehicle is returned your deposit is returned via a cheque after 28 days. The supplier holds on to your deposit for 28 days encase of traffic violations. Obviously this isn’t ideal and the amount of offices that accept a cash deposit are very small, please check with our reservations department for exact information.

Is there an alternative?

Yes, there is an alternative. Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental will now accept a VISA debit card from all locations in the name of the lead driver  for the security deposit. Alamo Rent A Car are also accepting VISA debit’s but only from certain locations; please check with our reservations department for confirmation. The card must be a VISA debit our suppliers will not accept other debit card versions.

At present all our other suppliers will require a credit card but we are hopeful this will change soon.



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