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    • evilsmartiemike
    • By evilsmartiemike 19th Apr 17, 8:24 PM
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    Advice needed - Credit Card for car hire USA.
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    • 19th Apr 17, 8:24 PM
    Advice needed - Credit Card for car hire USA. 19th Apr 17 at 8:24 PM
    Hi guys looking at renting a car for a road trip this year. I've done this before and always used a UK Debit card. Now though, theres messages on the website (Hertz, Dollar, Europecar etc) stating that only a Credit card will be accepted.

    The question I have is, does anybody have any advice on the best card to get. This will be the only thing that the card is used for, and will be paid in full upon return. Just a little confused by the talk of % rates and minimum repayments.

    Also, if anybody has any experience of doing this, or what cards they used for this purpose, your input will be valuable.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Cheers,

    Mike.
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    • zx81
    • By zx81 19th Apr 17, 8:33 PM
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    Any card will do.

    Ideally you'd want one with no foreign exchange fee, such as Clarity. However, if you have a thin credit file, you may need to go for something more standard.
    • jonesMUFCforever
    • By jonesMUFCforever 19th Apr 17, 8:52 PM
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    I would get a move on - if your credit files are not squeaky clean you may get a card with a low limit - you will need one to cover at least the deposit the rental company will want.
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    • PROLIANT
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    I hired a couple of times using Avis at Miami airport and they require two cards, double check with your hire car company first.
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    • Ben8282
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    I hired a couple of times using Avis at Miami airport and they require two cards, double check with your hire car company first.
    Originally posted by PROLIANT

    Could you elaborate on this please? How is this requirement justified?
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    • By Ben8282 20th Apr 17, 4:58 AM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 4:58 AM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 4:58 AM
    Hi guys looking at renting a car for a road trip this year. I've done this before and always used a UK Debit card. Now though, theres messages on the website (Hertz, Dollar, Europecar etc) stating that only a Credit card will be accepted.

    The question I have is, does anybody have any advice on the best card to get. This will be the only thing that the card is used for, and will be paid in full upon return. Just a little confused by the talk of % rates and minimum repayments.

    Also, if anybody has any experience of doing this, or what cards they used for this purpose, your input will be valuable.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Cheers,

    Mike.
    Originally posted by evilsmartiemike

    It's not as easy as that. Your post would imply that you don't actually have a credit card at the moment. If that is so, then you may be extremely limited in the choice of cards available to you. Even worse, you may be given a credit limit which is to low to cover the deposit and cost of the rental.
    There are numerous threads here promoting the various so-called 'travel cards' so it is not necessary to list them yet again. Alternatively look on this site under travel cards.
    However, as you don't currently have a card would suggest you both contact your own bank to try to get a card from them and use the eligibility checkers on this site to find a card for which you have a reasonable chance of being accepted.
    If your trip is in the next few months, better to do this sooner rather than later.
    If everything fails consider getting another member of your party to allow their card to be used or perhaps see if a relative would consider providing you with a supplementary card.
    The other possibility would be to find a company which would accept the debit card.


    https://www.thrifty.com/Car_Rental_Information/content/Car_Rental_with_Credit_Card.aspx
    This may be of interest - a credit check when picking up the car! (Which is presumably a US credit check with you will obviously not pass)
    Last edited by Ben8282; 20-04-2017 at 5:07 AM.
    • Heng Leng
    • By Heng Leng 20th Apr 17, 8:15 PM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 8:15 PM
    The US car rental firms will usually not any card with 'debit' including US debit cards.

    If you prepay everything from the UK including the insurance then a credit card with a low limit should suffice.

    Alamo or dollar/thrifty are usually good options
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