If you are travelling to Australia and want to use your debit card to book and pay for your rental car, keep in mind that all of our suppliers accept Visa/Mastercard debit cards. The only difference is the deposit they will require when using a debit card. Rental car companies indicate their reason for not accepting a debit card is that they might not know if renters have sufficient funds to cover the cost of repairs in case the vehicle has been damaged. It's highly recommended to check with your car rental company before you show up at the rental desk.
In general, the debit card will need to display the Visa/Mastercard logo, and be issued from the driver's bank in their name. The owner of the card needs to be present when picking up the rental vehicle.
Most major rental car companies in Australia including Hertz, Avis, Budget, Europcar, and Thrifty allow customers to book a car using only a debit card. However, each company has different criteria. Find out below.
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