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  • Jul 10, 2011, 12:14 AM
    Rent a car in Calgary, without credit card?
    We are looking to rent a Mini van with cash, but just accepts credit cards on all agencies that we were call.. My grandpa lost his credit card and we can't do anything to rent a car. Anyone knows where we can rent a car with cash or debit?
  • Jul 10, 2011, 05:01 AM

    A car rental cannot be accomplished anywhere without a credit card. A credit card is a surety for the rental company. You are taking a car that is worth a considerable amount of money. I hope your grandfather took necessary precautions when he lost his card. Did he or you call the credit card company to inform them of the lost?

    Edit: I should have stated this is for Canada not US.See my latest post.

  • Jul 10, 2011, 07:25 AM

    Actually that is not quite true, here in Atlanta there are several places that rent cars without credit cards, I have one just a couple miles from my home ( they advertise that fact)

    Also there were others that will use a debit card, although there is a large deposit ( around 500 - to 750 dollars) plus the rental car fees.

    This web site shows a few locatoins that allow this

    Enterprise here in Atlanta has always allowed me to
  • Jul 10, 2011, 07:47 AM

    This information is from the website. Please note at bottom that debit cards may not be accepted outside the US.\

    No Plastic -- What You Need to Know When Renting a Car

    If you're thinking about renting a car, but you don't have a credit card, things can get a little tricky. Not to say that it's impossible, but it can be a major obstacle.

    The problem: Renting a car to someone with no credit card is risky for rental car companies. Not having a credit card is a red flag that you may be a credit risk. Allowing you to drive off in a pricey vehicle is not something they're comfortable with, especially since they may be the ones who lose out.

    Of course, your credit may be excellent and you many just prefer not to use a credit card. Rental car companies are starting to understand that, so many are offering you the option of paying with a debit card instead. Here are some important things to keep in mind if you do plan on renting this way:

    Logo requirements. While many rental car companies accept debit cards, many also require that the cards have a Visa or MasterCard logo.
    Expect a credit check. Some companies will perform a debit card check and credit inquiry to ensure that you have the proper funds. (Keep in mind, credit inquiries show up on your credit report, and too many inquiries can actually lower your credit score.)
    Be patient. The process of paying with a debit card will likely be a longer one. It takes time to check your credit and insurance, verify your ID, etc.
    Prepare to pay a deposit. Often times, rental car companies place a hold on the account linked to your card. It's basically a deposit that they'll hold until you return the vehicle. These deposits can be $200 or more.
    Limited choice. No credit card often means you lose the option of renting luxury cars, SUVs or other specialty vehicles.
    Outside of the U.S. - Debit cards may not be accepted at locations outside of the United States. Please check terms and conditions for the specific country or location of rental.

    While it's certainly not impossible to rent a car without a credit card, it is obviously more of a hassle. Unless you have no other option, using a credit card can really save time, money, and, perhaps, your sanity.
  • Dec 10, 2012, 06:02 PM
    I have a travel book about Canada and it says that it is all but impossible to rent a car without a credit card.
  • Nov 9, 2013, 01:10 PM
    - Prepay and Drive Away - No Credit Card Required Car Rental Agency Opportunity.
  • Nov 9, 2013, 02:59 PM

    Originally Posted by Prepayanddrive View Post
    - Prepay and Drive Away - No Credit Card Required Car Rental Agency Opportunity.

    Ok how do you insure the car that is being taken away? Are they beatups or what?

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