The holiday season is upon us, and many of us will take time off work to visit family and friends or get out of town.
With so many people taking vacations, the number of rented cars increases dramatically. Unless you’re planning a staycation, you will likely need a vehicle or reliable means of transportation once you get to your holiday destination. That is usually where rental cars come in handy.
Renting a car during your vacation has its advantages, and it’s also fun driving a “new” car. It can also be convenient and often more affordable than relying on taxis, saving you time and headache. The advantages aside, it’s important to note that if you plan on renting a car using a debit card, you should know how it can affect your credit.
Rental car companies prefer that their customers use a credit cards. Thrifty Rental Car explains on its site, “Renting a car to someone with no credit card is risky for rental car companies. Not having a credit card is a red flag that you may be a credit risk.”
Because of this, it is much easier to use a credit card to rent a car than a debit card. That being said, not everyone has a credit card, and their only option is to use debit for payment. That can be fine; however, you should know what that can entail. This is even more important if you do not have a credit card to use because of poor credit.
Using a Debit Card for Car Rentals
Many car rental companies will allow you to use a debit card for your rental, but they don’t make it easy. When using a debit card, the rental companies will usually require you to have the total amount of the scheduled rental charge available in your account and may also put a hold of up to $350 on your account. Additionally – and what you need to worry about – they may also run your credit.
Some rental companies will check your credit score before approving the rental, while others will look for multiple delinquent lines of credit opened within the last three years. Each time they run your credit, it can lower your FICO score by five or more points. If your credit score is already low, it will worsen, and you could also be declined. After being denied at a rental company, many people will try getting a rental from another company, and their credit will be rechecked by the following company, lowering their score even further.
If you think your credit score may be too low (a score lower than 500 can be risky), you should seek alternative options. At the very least, you should contact the rental company you plan to use and ask about their credit requirements to determine how strict they are before having your credit run.
Alternatively, you could look for a rental company that won’t run your credit, although they may have other stipulations. Here is a list of rental companies that currently check your credit when using a debit card and those that don’t:
Companies that run a credit check
The companies that do not run credit checks may not allow you to use a debit card, so you may want to contact them before making plans.
If you don’t have a credit card and don’t want to risk damaging your credit, the best route to take would be to find an alternative means of transportation, such as:
While these options may not be as convenient, they could help prevent severe damage to your credit that could haunt you down the road. If your credit score is low and you need assistance improving your credit score, contact Credit Repair Enforcers today for a free consultation: (954) 358-9586
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