If you want to rent a car and pay for it with your debit card, make sure you do your research: Policies are unpredictable and subject to change.
There’s tremendous confusion when it comes to using debit cards for car rentals. And there are very good reasons why: First off, car rental companies’ debit card policies change unexpectedly—going from quite liberal to quite restrictive and back again.
The second factor is even more confusing: Even if a car rental company does accept debit cards, acceptance will vary according to location. And not only do company policies vary by state, individual locations may even have their own debit card policies. So just because using your debit card for a rental went smoothly at one Enterprise location, for example, isn’t a guarantee it will work at another.
To try to reduce some of the confusion, we’re providing a listing of the seven most popular car rental companies in the US, and their general policies in regard to debit card acceptance. Unfortunately, don’t take this article as an authoritative guide. You must check with the individual car rental company location to determine exactly what their policy is in regard to accepting debit cards.
With that in mind, here are the general debit card policies of the largest car-rental companies…