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Yes, you can rent a car with a debit card if you are at least 25 years old and are prepared to have an authorized hold placed on your account for the duration of your reservation. Be aware that some locations don’t accept debit cards at the time of reservation but do accept them at the time of payment.
What credit, charge and debit cards do you accept?
Our corporate-operated locations accept the following major credit cards:
At some locations, debit and prepaid charge cards are not accepted at rental pickup time, but are accepted for payment at time of car return. See required credentials for information on required rental pick-up holds.
How to Rent a Car Without a Credit Card
Making a car rental with no credit card can seem complicated, but it is possible with Budget.
If you plan to use a debit card, you need to be at least 25 years old. You should also check the location’s rules first (see instructions below) because some locations don’t accept debit cards at the time of car pickup.
When you come to pick up your car, you’ll be asked to present a debit card or credit card. At this point, Budget will place a hold on some of the funds in your account. The typical hold is equivalent to the total estimated cost of the rental, but it may be higher or lower. For example, the minimum debit hold is $100, and that hold amount usually applies to insurance replacement rentals or prepaid rentals. Be aware that a debit card hold limits the funds available in the attached account.
The hold on the account will be removed after the car is returned and all fees are paid.
Debit Cards at Airport Locations
In addition to a credit or debit card, you might need to show a ticket or boarding pass as well as proof of a return flight to pick up at airport locations.
What Happens to My Debit Card Hold if I Extend My Rental Period?
It's perfectly fine if you change your rental period. You just need to contact a Budget reservation agent at 800-527-7000 on or before the return date. We will assess a $10 service fee for the extended rental and place up to three additional holds on your card (depending on how long you keep the car) to cover expected rental charges. When you return the car, the holds will be released and you’ll be charged the actual rental costs.
If you choose to extend your rental, your original rental rate may no longer be available.
Paying for Your Rental Car with a Debit Card
Renters have the option to prepay for a rental online with a debit card. Some locations may require a credit card at the time of pickup, but you can still pay for the rental with a debit card.
Does My Rental Location Allow Renting with a Debit Card?
We recommend checking the debit card policies at your pickup location in advance, just to be sure. You can do this by searching for the location's page on Budget.com, scrolling down to “Terms & Conditions,” and clicking on “Debit Card Policies.”
Providing your age allows us to give you a more accurate rental estimates. Restrictions and additional surcharges may apply for underage driver's. Please review rental terms and conditions or call us at 800-472-3325 for details. Note: When using your Customer ID this information may not be changed. If required, please call at 800-314-3932.
Required to present credentials to confirm your country of residence when picking rental. If the credentials are of a different country, the reservation will still be honored but the confirmed rate may change. To modify, please cancel and create a new reservation. Note: When using your Customer ID this information may not be changed. If required, please call at 800-314-3932.
Select to provide Customer ID (called as RapidRez with Fastbreak Service number, Basic RapidRez number or an Online ID). Providing it will apply non-secure customer account preferences (like car preference etc.). Note: Some of profile information may not be changed. If required, please call at 800-314-3932.
Select to add a BCD (a 7-character code with one letter followed by six numbers) or Coupon code (a 7-character code with four letters followed by three numbers) to the reservation.
We are sorry, Avis Preferred Points cannot be combined with additional offers and discounts. Only one offer can be applied per reservation. If you wish to use your Preferred Points for this reservation, please remove coupon code.