Can I hire a car if I just have a debit card

Can I hire a car if I just have a debit card

Yes, you can, but it will depend on the car hire company. We give you the information of each of them.

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Yes, some car hire companies alllow you to hire a vehicle paying by debit card. You will not need a credit card.

Here you have a list of the cards accepted by the main car hire companies in Spain, and its terms and conditions:

Enterprise

  • Worldwide, Enterprise accepts the following credit cards: Visa, American Express, Master Card and Diners Club.
  • In Spain, all types of debit card are accepted.
  • Enterprise accepts cash payments up to €2,500, but the card block must be applied on a credit card.

Alamo

  • Worldwide, Alamo accepts the following credit cards: Visa and Master Card.
  • In Spain, all types of debit card are accepted.
  • Alamo accepts cash payments up to €2,500, but the card block must be applied on a credit card.

Europcar

  • Worldwide, Europcar accepts the following credit cards: Visa, American Express, Master Card, Eurocard and Diners Club.
  • The only debit cards Europcar accepts in Spain are Visa Electron o Visa Debit.
  • If you are hiring a luxury car, a second credit card could be needed, or a puede ser necesaria una segunda tarjeta de crédito or a specific qualification (bills or the client's company details)
  • Cash payments are only accepted in some countries, usually for the smallest vehicle groups (Ford Ka, Rentault Clio, Fiat 500...)

Keddy

  • Worldwide Keddy accepts the following credit cards: American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, Mastercard and Visa.
  • The only debit cards Europcar accepts in Spain are Visa Electron o Visa Debit.
  • If you are hiring a luxury car, a second credit card could be needed, or a puede ser necesaria una segunda tarjeta de crédito or a specific qualification (bills or the client's company details)
  • Cash payments are only accepted in some countries, usually for the smallest vehicle groups (Ford Ka, Rentault Clio, Fiat 500...)

Goldcar

  • Worldwide, Goldcar accepts the following credit cards: Visa and Master Card.
  • In Spain, Goldcar accepts all the debit cards but the card block adds up to the amount of the excess and you must claim it back showing your card at the rental desk.
  • Cash payments are not accepted.

Rhodium

  • Worldwide, Rhodium accepts the following credit cards: Visa and Master Card.
  • In Spain, Rhodium accepts all the debit cards but the card block adds up to the amount of the excess and you must claim it back showing your card at the rental desk.
  • Cash payments are not accepted.

Firefly

  • Worldwide, Firefly accepts the following credit cards: VISA, MasterCard and American Express applying a €4 fee (which you must pay in advance) and the fuel deposit and €40.
  • Firefly accepts all debit cards except those that are only for electronic use. In addition, they force you to take out the insurance to all risks.
  • They do not accept cash payment.

Hertz

  • Worldwide, Hertz accepts the following credit cards: Access, American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, Hertz Charge Card, Mastercard and Visa.
  • They do not accept any type of debit card as well as those that are "Electron" or "electronic use only".
  • Cash payments are not accepted.

Avis

  • Worldwide, Avis accepts the following credit cards: Amex, Visa, Diners, Mastercard.
  • In Spain, they only accept those debit cards that have Debit written and that have embossed numbers.
  • Cash payments are not accepted.

Sixt

  • Worldwide, Sixt accepts the following credit cards: all credit cards from internationally recognized credit card companies.
  • Debit cards are not accepted.
  • Cash payments are not accepted.

Thrifty

  • Worldwide, Thrifty accepts theall credit cards.
  • Debit cards are not accepted.
  • Cash payments are not accepted.

Are there other options for hiring a car if I do not have a credit card?

Yes, there are more options to rent a car in Spain without credit card. You can rent by using a debit card or you can also have someone else pay in your place with his credit card (although only Europcar offers this option).

How? There are two ways:

  • Adding an additional driver and paying him / her with his/her credit card, option that most companies will allow.
  • Adding a person who rents but does not drive. This option is offered by very few rental companies. In Spain, Europcar does offer this option as payment method.

Remember that this information is only for Spain, so if you want to travel abroad and only have a debit card we recommend that you contact us.

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