mcmurphy995 Registered User
#1

Hello folks heading to barcelona in a few weeks and driving around northern spain , so need to hire a car for the driving bit but dont have a credit card .
Anybody have any experience or advise on this situation ???

biko Arbiter
#2

Galway -> Travel Motors

#3

You won't be able to.

Still the wrong forum. Should be in travel.

dr.fuzzenstein Registered User
#4

Sometimes you are able to rent with a Visa Debit, which functions like a Laser, but unlike a Laser is actually useful abroad and online.
But they will block a deposit, so half your account could be frozen.
I do keep a credit card just for car rental abroad, but got such a lousy limit, there's not enough available to rent one in the first place.

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biko Arbiter
#5

Yeah if you have a card like Visa Debit that should work no bother.
If you can pay up front on-line or similar you can have someone here at home pay for it and you give them cash.
NB the company may take a massive deposit.

Our man in Havana said:
Still the wrong forum. Should be in travel.

Aye, you're right.

CiniO Registered User
#6

I have a Mastercard debit card, and so far had no problems using it for renting cars.

RachaelVO Registered User
#7

mcmurphy995 said:
Hello folks heading to barcelona in a few weeks and driving around northern spain , so need to hire a car for the driving bit but dont have a credit card .
Anybody have any experience or advise on this situation ???


Some places in heavily touristy areas do cash rentals, but mostly they don't. Use your debit card and pay the extra insurance, they shouldn't pre approve any amount then, and it's not that expensive, usually about 5e a day, as opposed to Ireland which is about 17e a day!

mcmurphy995 Registered User
#8

Thanks for all the advise , but i was told that we dont do debit cards in Ireland and that our laser cards are only good here and for ATM withdrawls in other countries but no good for actual purchases !!

where do i get a card from ???

OSI Moderator
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mcmurphy995 said:
Thanks for all the advise , but i was told that we dont do debit cards in Ireland and that our laser cards are only good here and for ATM withdrawls in other countries but no good for actual purchases !!

where do i get a card from ???


Any bank that's not Bank of Ireland.

biko Arbiter
#10

PTSB went from Laser debit cards to Visa debit cards, that way you can use the debit card worldwide because it's a Visa.

ostrich Registered User
#11

OSI said:
Any bank that's not Bank of Ireland.

dr.fuzzenstein Registered User
#12

Ulster Bank

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jcon1913 Registered User
#13

dr.fuzzenstein said:
Sometimes you are able to rent with a Visa Debit, which functions like a Laser, but unlike a Laser is actually useful abroad and online.
But they will block a deposit, so half your account could be frozen.
I do keep a credit card just for car rental abroad, but got such a lousy limit, there's not enough available to rent one in the first place.


Sorry to revive this old thread but I am due to hire a car in Girona airport and like other posters here I only have an AIB Visa Debit Card - it this okay for car hire as long as I have the funds to pay for the car hire?

Sully Moderator
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jcon1913 said:
Sorry to revive this old thread but I am due to hire a car in Girona airport and like other posters here I only have an AIB Visa Debit Card - it this okay for car hire as long as I have the funds to pay for the car hire?


You need to check with the rental company. Not all take Debit cards.

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jcon1913 Registered User
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Sully said:
You need to check with the rental company. Not all take Debit cards.


Thanks Sully

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