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Tom79 May 12th, 2004 09:12 AM

Car Hire in Nice without a VISA card?
I am looking for somewhere in or around nice that will offer car hire without a VISA card for security. I tried to order a VISA but it's not going to arrive on time (I fly on the 15th). Any help would be massively appreciated. Cheers.

ira May 12th, 2004 09:33 AM

Hi Tom,

Do you mean you don't have any credit cards?

nytraveler May 12th, 2004 10:00 AM

If its just Visa that's a problem I can't imagine that the major car rental companies wouldn't let you use AmEx, MasterCArd, Diners etc.

If you mean can you rent a car without a credit card - I can;t imagine anyone is going to trust you with a car worth $20,000+ without security. (I once worked with someone who had filed bankruptcy and needed to rent a car - he had to provide a very large cash deposit - I think in excess of $5,000 - before they gave him the car.)

Tom79 May 14th, 2004 05:29 AM

Yeah I don't have any credit cards just debit cards. I didn't think I stood much of a chance but if you don't ask...

Thanks for the help.

Joelle May 14th, 2004 05:38 AM

In France, most of the "credit" cards are in fact debit cards... So if you have a debit card on Visa, Amex or Mazstercard on it, it will be OK to rent a car.

flanneruk May 14th, 2004 05:43 AM

Holiday Autos take Switch and Visa debit cards that don't carry the "Electron" logo.

Budman May 14th, 2004 05:50 AM

I wouldn't use a debit card to rent a car -- they could put a security hold on some of your funds, and that would be taken out of your checking account. Rule of thumb, never use debit card for hotel reservations or rental cars, even if it has the VISA logo on it. ((b))

flanneruk May 14th, 2004 05:57 AM

So, Budman, what do you suggest Tom does? And do you know a car hire establishment in Nice that's happy with just small quantities of cash as a deposit? That Tom can talk to before tomorrow?

BTilke May 14th, 2004 06:03 AM

We occasionally used a U.S. bank debit card with a MC logo on it to rent a car (from Avis and Europcar). Never had a problem (knock wood). Using a regular Visa is best, but if Tom really needs to rent a car, a debit card with a Visa or MC logo will work with many European car rental agencies.

111op May 14th, 2004 06:05 AM

What's the problem with using a debit card with a Visa/MC logo? Are people concerned with fraud issues?

Budman May 14th, 2004 06:15 AM

Using a VISA Debit card to make a purchase or pay for a hotel/restaurant bill is OK. The funds come directly out of your checking account.

If you use a credit card to rent a car, the majority of the car dealers will put a hold on a certain amount of your funds as a security deposit. You're not charged for it, but it is a hold in case you damage the vehicle. If you use a VISA Debit card, that "Hold money" will come out of your checking account. It will be put back in when the hold is taken off, but who would want to go thru that hassle? Same for making a hotel reservation and giving a VISA Debit card to hold the room.

flanneruk -- Nope. ((b))

flanneruk May 14th, 2004 06:32 AM

"who would want to go thru that hassle?"

Someone who had no alternative.

Like, it appears, Tom.

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