It may happen that you cannot rent a vehicle because, normally, a credit card under the main driver’s name is required as a guarantee, though many people do not have one. With Sicily by Car you can also rent with a debit card!
Let us make things clear
Let us make things clear on a point that is often ignored by customers and that can create misunderstandings. When you rent a car, with us, there are two different moments:
- the online booking on this website;
- collecting a car in one of our offices.
It is important to distinguish between these two moments, because the credit card is usually required as a guarantee only in phase two, upon collecting the vehicle.
The first phase, the online booking, can be done with an online payment card, even if it is a debit card. That card can be anyone’s, a relative or a friend, prior given authorisation by these people.
What matters is that when you use a third part’s card, the booking is done under the name of the main driver who will show a credit card under his name at the desk.
Having said that, you might have understood what a rental with a debit card card means: it is a rental solution by which at the moment of collecting the vehicle it is not even necessary to have a credit card. Debit and prepaid cards under the main driver’s name, with a chip, an IBAN, and a pin code are accepted.
What do you need to rent with a debit card?
The customer must show, at the desk:
- a valid driving licence;
- id or passport;
- debit card under the main driver’s name which can cover rental cost and deposit.
The representative at the desk may ask for a return flight or train ticket, matching the end of the rental date. It will be mandatory to pay for the specific insurance policy for this kind of rental solution.
What the mandatory insurance covers
The mandatory insurance to rent a car with a debit card, reduces damage and theft excess to zero. It also includes the tow service that the customer can decide to purchase and include in his/her agreement.
The total amount will be withdrawn upon the collection of the vehicle, including the deposit which may vary according to the vehicle, between 300 and 500 €.
When the rental is over, unless in cases in which the deposit is to be kept, either partially or in total, the amount will be transferred on the card used for the deposit by a POS refund or a money transfer on the bank account, within 6 working days.
Can I even rent a commercial van with a debit card?
Of course, you can rent either a car or a commercial van with a debit card.
Can I rent all the cars, without a credit card?
No, some vehicles are excluded from this policy. Ask for an online rate and verify the vehicle you are looking for is available.
Can I pay the deposit in cash?
Must the card be under the main driver’s name?
Yes, the card must be under the main driver’s name and the name on it must match. Debit, prepaid under the main driver’s name, with chip, IBAN and PIN are accepted.
If you think that the rental with a debit card fits your needs do not hesitate to book on our website or to contact our toll free number 800 334440 (+39 091 6390111 from abroad). Do not forget to check terms and conditions.