How to Do a Car Rental Without a Credit Card

rent a car using a debit cardHelpful information and tips on how to do a car rental without a credit card, with little or no credit and a debit card.

Planning on a family road trip for a vacation, to visit friends or family…or move to a more affordable area? (These days, with this economy, I think we all need to do that!)

But, you have a couple of obstacles.

  • no credit card
  • no car (or a car you don’t trust to take you where you want to go)

Car Rental without a Credit Card

Having a car would help you make your plans possible, but how to get one to take you from here to there? You don’t own a credit card which is, more often than not, needed to rent a car.

You can reserve a car rental without a credit card, but you’ll need one when you show up at the rental company. If you don’t, then you’ll be considered as a credit risk and end up leaving without a car.

Car rental companies want you to present a credit card to cover the cost of the rental and as one form of identity documentation.┬áThe credit card is also a form of protection for the company to cover additional expenses that might be accrued such as damages beyond the minor normal wear and tear caused by careless care of the car’s interior or exterior. And, as in many cases, to put gas in the tank for the next customer if the car is returned with less gas than was provided when the car left the lot. Stopping at a gas station to replenish the gas supply is a must to do before the car is returned!

Car Rental with a Debit Card

Some car rental companies may let you rent a car with a debit card, but it won’t be quick or easy.

To prepare for this article to help you, I did some research on my own. My advice is: Do your own research after reading this. Call each car rental agency and ask what their policies are. They vary by company and even then by locality. Learn more…

car rental Without a credit cardSo…you have a debit card with a major credit card company logo (i.e., MasterCard or Visa) with plenty of cash in your checking account to cover your car rental, gas, tolls, food, and lodging along the way.
Read more: How to Do a Car Rental Without a Credit Card

Romantic Ski Destinations

It’s winter…it’s February…and we in the East are having snow on top of snow storms. It’s time to get on the slopes! In a few days the 2010 Winter Games will begin in Vancouver, British Columbia and then it will be Valentine’s day. Romance will be in the air and skiers will be eager to get to the mountains in North America for romantic ski holidays. lastsnowpic

Romantic ski holidays can be a wonderful way to save the romance in your relationship if you plan ahead. Be sure to book accommodations where there is a concierge to help you plan the perfect ski vacation so everything will go smoothly. Agree with your special someone what level of skiing you will do together, a level that you can both safely maneuver. It isn’t romantic skiing solo. Look for fireplaces, intimate dining, exciting nightlife, and activities that you’ll both enjoy – perhaps couples massages, walk to shopping village, and sleigh rides. Ask for a bottle of your favorite wine and a few rose petals upon arrival to add that extra special touch that speaks, “I love you!”Read more: Romantic Ski Destinations

Planning a Cruise: 10 Tips for Planning a Cruise

We’re planning on taking a cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. I haven’t been on any cruises since I was 12 when my parents took my sister and I to Bermuda; my husband has never taken one. We were in Bermuda together seven years ago and loved it, so this time we’d like to travel by cruise ship to add to the fun. I hadn’t realized there is so much to consider when choosing cruises, ports of call, the size of the ship, what activities are offered, where you want your cabin – inside or outside – which deck, and what cost you want to spend – elegant or cheap cruises or somewhere in between…and then there’s the time of year which influences the weather. But, most importantly…what to wear!

I’ve asked friends and family for their tips on planning a cruise. I’ve chosen the 10 best tips for planning a cruise to share with you:Read more: Planning a Cruise: 10 Tips for Planning a Cruise