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    • JDD1952
    • By JDD1952 22nd May 19, 6:57 AM
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    Car Hire abroad 22nd May 19 at 6:57 AM
    I have been told that I need a credit card to hire a car abroad on holiday. Is this true? If it is it means I wont be able to hire one as I don't have and don't want a credit card.
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    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 22nd May 19, 7:18 AM
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    I have been told that I need a credit card to hire a car abroad on holiday. Is this true? If it is it means I wont be able to hire one as I don't have and don't want a credit card.
    Originally posted by JDD1952
    Yes it is true, I dont know if there are some car hire firms who will accept a debit card but not something I would do though.

    Where are you going ?
    • zagfles
    • By zagfles 22nd May 19, 8:33 AM
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    No it's not true. I've hired loads of cars in countries like Spain and Greece without using a card, paying in cash (I do have credit & debit cards but prefer not to use them when hiring cars where possible).

    You may have difficulty in some countries, or reserving a car in advance or using one of the bigger hire car companies. All my cash hires have been in tourist resorts with small local companies
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 22nd May 19, 10:14 AM
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    Often there is the option of buying their Super CDW to obviate the need for a credit card. You can discuss this with the actual car hire firm(not a broker).
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 23rd May 19, 12:54 PM
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    No it's not true. I've hired loads of cars in countries like Spain and Greece without using a card, paying in cash (I do have credit & debit cards but prefer not to use them when hiring cars where possible).

    You may have difficulty in some countries, or reserving a car in advance or using one of the bigger hire car companies. All my cash hires have been in tourist resorts with small local companies
    Originally posted by zagfles
    Ok my bad.
    • ttoli
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    • 23rd May 19, 1:06 PM
    Which country ? , try the tripadvisor chat forums for that destination, there's bound to be someone with local knowledge that can point you in the right direction.
    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 23rd May 19, 1:42 PM
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    I have been told that I need a credit card to hire a car abroad on holiday. Is this true? If it is it means I wont be able to hire one as I don't have and don't want a credit card.
    Originally posted by JDD1952
    No, it's not necessarily true.

    Avis take a debit card with only 200 ringfenced, most other big names do require a credit card. Local companies may take debit cards or cash too, sometimes with a larger deposit though.
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    Im interested to know why u dont want a credit card,what would you do in an emergency.
    • Mr.Everready
    • By Mr.Everready 29th May 19, 7:39 AM
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    Hi all, sorry to hijack slightly.


    I'm looking at hiring a car in Menorca later this year.


    Is CDW basically 3rd party and SCDW fully comp ?


    I was looking on doyouspain.com and they offer at 5.95 per day insurance, is this equivelent to SCDW ? Although the hire company will still take a deposit ?
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 29th May 19, 10:22 AM
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    Hi all, sorry to hijack slightly.


    I'm looking at hiring a car in Menorca later this year.


    Is CDW basically 3rd party and SCDW fully comp ?


    I was looking on doyouspain.com and they offer at 5.95 per day insurance, is this equivelent to SCDW ? Although the hire company will still take a deposit ?
    Originally posted by Mr.Everready
    Super CDW may not cover everything. DoYouSpain doesn't offer Super CDW, They are just acting as an insurance broker. You'll still have to leave a deposit and pay for any damage yourself and then claim from the insurance company.

    You can get a just as good if not better policy for less.

    If it's a long rental and you take multiple holidays in Europe, a reputable choice is; https://www.insurance4carhire.com/products/europe-car-hire-excess-insurance in conjunction with https://www.quidco.com/insurance4carhire-com/

    If you prefer daily; https://www.bettersafe.com/car-hire-excess-insurance offers a similarly comprehensive policy
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 29th May 19, 11:27 AM
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    Is CDW basically 3rd party and SCDW fully comp ?
    Originally posted by Mr.Everready
    CDW (Collision Damage Waiver) covers damage to the hire car as well as any third party, but in Europe there's usually there's a large excess involved, for which the hire firm will take a deposit or preauthorisation on your credit card.

    The hire firm's extra cover, often sold as 'Super' CDW, removes all or most of the excess, and the need for a deposit. But it's much cheaper to buy that cover separately as EW describes, then use that to claim the excess charge after paying it to the hire firm in the event of any damage.

    But that kind of extra cover as offered by brokers such as doyouspain is usually bad value and problematic, best avoided. Also be aware of reviews for doyouspain and the actual hire firms you might choose.
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 29th May 19, 11:56 AM
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    CDW (Collision Damage Waiver) covers damage to the hire car as well as any third party, but in Europe there's usually there's a large excess involved, for which the hire firm will take a deposit or preauthorisation on your credit card.

    The hire firm's extra cover, often sold as 'Super' CDW, removes all or most of the excess, and the need for a deposit. But it's much cheaper to buy that cover separately as EW describes, then use that to claim the excess charge after paying it to the hire firm in the event of any damage.

    But that kind of extra cover as offered by brokers such as doyouspain is usually bad value and problematic, best avoided. Also be aware of reviews for doyouspain and the actual hire firms you might choose.
    Originally posted by eDicky
    Super CDW often doesn't cover tyres, windscreen, undercarriage, roof, lost keys, mis-fueling, recovery etc. So one really needs to check the T&C, rather than being blindly dependent on it.

    Separate cover covers more than Super CDW.
    • Mr.Everready
    • By Mr.Everready 29th May 19, 1:01 PM
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    Thanks Folks, I've decided to play it safe and go for a local company who deliver to the airport and the cost is all in. Also good reviews.
    • TF03
    • By TF03 30th May 19, 6:40 PM
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    I have rented cars in France, Spain and Italy with Europcar and Enterprise.

    I was able to leave the deposit on a debit card. This was without any additional extra insurance (apart from my own independent excess insurance I have purchased in advance, but they've never even asked to see this).

    The only rule I think they stick by is that if you pre-pay for a rental, you have to use the same card for the deposit.

    And in fact, both the above companies only take a 250-300 deposit. Sixt wanted a 700 once, I told them to shove it.
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