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Jun 21, 2008 5:52 AM CST car hire
guiriman
guirimanguirimansouth of milan, Lombardy Italy66 Threads 6 Polls 2,964 Posts
Hi, I'm going back to UK for a while in the summer and would like to hire a car when I'm there, but I don't do credit cards. It seems that good old cash is no longer accepted back home. Does anyone know if it's possible to rent a car anywhere in the UK without a card please?
Jun 21, 2008 6:00 AM CST car hire
foreveryoung1
foreveryoung1foreveryoung1cartagena, Murcia Spain4 Threads 1 Polls 4,094 Posts
guiriman: Hi, I'm going back to UK for a while in the summer and would like to hire a car when I'm there, but I don't do credit cards. It seems that good old cash is no longer accepted back home. Does anyone know if it's possible to rent a car anywhere in the UK without a card please?


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Jun 21, 2008 6:29 AM CST car hire
guiriman
guirimanguirimansouth of milan, Lombardy Italy66 Threads 6 Polls 2,964 Posts
I'm obviously not looking to advertise anyone's car hire firm here but would like to know simply if anyone has hired a car without a card. No names please. cheers
Jun 21, 2008 6:32 AM CST car hire
foreveryoung1
foreveryoung1foreveryoung1cartagena, Murcia Spain4 Threads 1 Polls 4,094 Posts
guiriman: I'm obviously not looking to advertise anyone's car hire firm here but would like to know simply if anyone has hired a car without a card. No names please.


that is what I gave you, they hire by credit card, travellers cheque or cash
Jun 21, 2008 6:38 AM CST car hire
guiriman
guirimanguirimansouth of milan, Lombardy Italy66 Threads 6 Polls 2,964 Posts
foreveryoung1: that is what I gave you, they hire by credit card, travellers cheque or cash


Yes, thank you for your help. I'm checking now.cheers
Jun 21, 2008 6:39 AM CST car hire
Elley
ElleyElleyCadiz, Andalusia Spain201 Threads 1 Polls 4,916 Posts
foreveryoung1: that is what I gave you, they hire by credit card, travellers cheque or cash


Wow, I,ve had exactly the same problem and always have to ask a friend which I really don not like doing. Forever, please send me the details too.thumbs up
Jun 21, 2008 7:12 AM CST car hire
smoky
smokysmokyUnterland, Zurich Switzerland300 Threads 6 Polls 13,267 Posts
guiriman: Hi, I'm going back to UK for a while in the summer and would like to hire a car when I'm there, but I don't do credit cards. It seems that good old cash is no longer accepted back home. Does anyone know if it's possible to rent a car anywhere in the UK without a card please?


Yes, this Cash Thing is getting realy strange...? Once in SA I wanted to buy a flight ticket, and also don`t use credit cards, and also to take advantage of the "built-in" travel insurance, I asked a friend to pay with their credit card and I refund the cash. So we went and paid for the flight ticket, then went round to their bank - me with this huge bundle of cash .... and the teller tells me "It will take 4 days to clear this cash" ......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was simply astounded!!!.. So were the rest of the people waiting in the queu! I never actually managed to find out how they clear cash?
Jun 21, 2008 7:16 AM CST car hire
Elley
ElleyElleyCadiz, Andalusia Spain201 Threads 1 Polls 4,916 Posts
smoky: Yes, this Cash Thing is getting realy strange...? Once in SA I wanted to buy a flight ticket, and also don`t use credit cards, and also to take advantage of the "built-in" travel insurance, I asked a friend to pay with their credit card and I refund the cash. So we went and paid for the flight ticket, then went round to their bank - me with this huge bundle of cash .... and the teller tells me "It will take 4 days to clear this cash" ......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was simply astounded!!!.. So were the rest of the people waiting in the queu! I never actually managed to find out how they clear cash?


All to do with fraud and money laundering I,m afraid Smokey. Maybe they thought it was dirty money from Ma Baker (or whatever Conrad says she was called). Maybe you looked like Bonney laugh sans Clyde.thumbs up
Jun 21, 2008 7:20 AM CST car hire
Lagoona22
Lagoona22Lagoona22Bugibba, Majjistral Malta249 Threads 28 Polls 18,518 Posts
In my experience, the car rental companies usually want a credit card.....for the simple reason that if you say, pay 40 euros a day for a car, 3 days, and you plonk down a couple hundred euros, and then skip with the car, they have no recourse to recoup their loss...ie your credit card is their insurance against loss of the vehicle...
Jun 21, 2008 7:23 AM CST car hire
smoky
smokysmokyUnterland, Zurich Switzerland300 Threads 6 Polls 13,267 Posts
Elley: All to do with fraud and money laundering I,m afraid Smokey. Maybe they thought it was dirty money from Ma Baker (or whatever Conrad says she was called). Maybe you looked like Bonney sans Clyde.

rolling on the floor laughing .. On this subject .. remember when they were bringing in the Euro? I heard on the news, then, that the introduction of this money was delayed ..... because the Germans had not been assured at what temperature the bank notes could be laundered!!!!!!drinking confused
Jun 21, 2008 7:31 AM CST car hire
Elley
ElleyElleyCadiz, Andalusia Spain201 Threads 1 Polls 4,916 Posts
smoky: .. On this subject .. remember when they were bringing in the Euro? I heard on the news, then, that the introduction of this money was delayed ..... because the Germans had not been assured at what temperature the bank notes could be laundered!!!!!!


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Jun 21, 2008 7:37 AM CST car hire
guiriman
guirimanguirimansouth of milan, Lombardy Italy66 Threads 6 Polls 2,964 Posts
Lagoona22: In my experience, the car rental companies usually want a credit card.....for the simple reason that if you say, pay 40 euros a day for a car, 3 days, and you plonk down a couple hundred euros, and then skip with the car, they have no recourse to recoup their loss...ie your credit card is their insurance against loss of the vehicle...


yeah, that's kinda what i figured, but isn't it just swings and roundabouts really if they open themselves to credit card fraud, which I guess is more common than people making off with a car? Also, would a card company cover the cost of a car anyway? If someone nicks the car, I bet the card is a fraud.
Jun 21, 2008 7:41 AM CST car hire
Elley
ElleyElleyCadiz, Andalusia Spain201 Threads 1 Polls 4,916 Posts
Correct Lago. Also if you cause damage to the car they can take the money for repairs with your card !

Yes Q man the cc company will pay for the whole car, I was told.
Sep 5, 2008 8:14 PM CST car hire
smilesRcontagiou
smilesRcontagiousmilesRcontagioucoral gables, Florida USA25 Posts
Elley: Correct Lago. Also if you cause damage to the car they can take the money for repairs with your card !

Yes Q man the cc company will pay for the whole car, I was told.



I not sure if the credit card company will pay for the rental car, but it sure does pay for that exorbedently expensive insurance they charge you. doh
Sep 5, 2008 10:14 PM CST car hire
rusty_knight
rusty_knightrusty_knightGozo, Malta254 Threads 4 Polls 10,684 Posts
guiriman: yeah, that's kinda what i figured, but isn't it just swings and roundabouts really if they open themselves to credit card fraud, which I guess is more common than people making off with a car? Also, would a card company cover the cost of a car anyway? If someone nicks the car, I bet the card is a fraud.


I always use my special 'low life credit card for losers' when I hire a car; it has a credit limit of £300 so the car hire company can't wallop me with a huge bill at the end!

By the way, most car hire companies now have either a £500 or £600 excess in the UK and you have to pay them something ridiculous like £12 per day to reduce this excess to £200 or zero... however if you shop around on the internet you can get hire car insurance that reduces your excess to zero for less than £2 per day!

Always return your car with a full tank if with a major car hire firm that starts you off with a full tank - they'll charge you well over double the normal cost of petrol otherwise.

Check the car VERY carefully for any scratches etc before you sign for the damn car - a tiny scratch could cost you £200 when you return the car and if it was there when you took the car out and didn't have it noted - tough!

You are NOT allowed to smoke in hire cars these days (reduces its resale value) so if you DO smoke carry an empty coke can as an ashtray and before you return the car leave the windows open for a few minutes and spray inside with an air freshener......a cheapo can of air freshener costs far less than a £45 extra valeting charge if they detect tobacco smells!

Lastly - don't worry......... 'shit happens' but what the heck, it doesn't ALWAYS happen and hiring nice new cars is kinda nice and how often can you afford to actually BUY a new car anyway.........

Last month I hired a car in the UK and got a fantastic deal via the internet - I paid £90, about 112 Euros, to hire a top of the range Vectra for a whole week!
Sep 6, 2008 4:08 AM CST car hire
Sommerauer71
Sommerauer71Sommerauer71Salzburg, Austria164 Threads 4 Polls 19,249 Posts
It is hard to book, anything without a credit card these days, I like Austria for the simple reason they are cash people, only in the cities do many places take plastic.

Small hotels, they take your name and a telephone number, email if you have one, you can pay in cash when you leave, but the honour system is still in place and here you can hire a car with a smaller hire company with cash.

I flipped at Ryanair, I dislike them with a vengeance, it was stupid of me, I booked a flight, had excess luggage which they charged me to a tune of £700, Ryanair are great if you are doing a short hop flight with just hand luggage, anyway, so I went to their desk, and I have a credit card, but I wanted to pay with my Maestro card, so I pushed my card across the counter, they said we do not accept debit cards, only credit cards or cash.

Sommer quietly with her customary coolness, decided to become decidely frosty and ask, what if a person does not have a credit card? The woman shrugged her shoulders. Time for this girl to ask for her extra large luggage to be brought off the plane.

Insisted that they brought back my luggage to me, I went to Air Berlin and was allowed to use my debit card, the whole thing was £200 pounds cheaper.

It appears that people are treated with mistrust if they do not have one, and that really pisses me off.
Sep 6, 2008 5:57 AM CST car hire
rusty_knight
rusty_knightrusty_knightGozo, Malta254 Threads 4 Polls 10,684 Posts
Sommer said:

"I flipped at Ryanair, I dislike them with a vengeance, it was stupid of me, I booked a flight, had excess luggage which they charged me to a tune of £700, Ryanair are great if you are doing a short hop flight with just hand luggage, anyway, so I went to their desk, and I have a credit card, but I wanted to pay with my Maestro card, so I pushed my card across the counter, they said we do not accept debit cards, only credit cards or cash."


Hmmmm......... £700 excess luggage! How much lipstick is that?

I pay my Ryanair tickets online with a debit card and have a zero charge (they charge extra for using a credit card)...... I refuse to take out insurance and I check-in online to avoid yet another 5 euro charge......... with Ryanair you can only check-in online four days in advance but with Eastjet I think you can check in weeks ahead o9nline and even if you have luggage that is to go in the hold!

What makes me laugh is the number of people prepared to pay extra for 'priority boarding' - Ryanair would be happy if 100% of passengers did so and then they'd be no better off than if they hadn't paid the extra cost - as it is, it seems over 50% do the 'priority boarding' thingy (and they still have to queue!) while I have a little nap and stroll on the plane once everybody else has scrambled to get a seat!..... I normally manage to get myself a seat with extra legroom by pure luck even though I'm almost the last to board the plane!

grin
Sep 6, 2008 6:16 AM CST car hire
Sommerauer71
Sommerauer71Sommerauer71Salzburg, Austria164 Threads 4 Polls 19,249 Posts
rusty_knight: Sommer said:

"I flipped at Ryanair, I dislike them with a vengeance, it was stupid of me, I booked a flight, had excess luggage which they charged me to a tune of £700, Ryanair are great if you are doing a short hop flight with just hand luggage, anyway, so I went to their desk, and I have a credit card, but I wanted to pay with my Maestro card, so I pushed my card across the counter, they said we do not accept debit cards, only credit cards or cash."Hmmmm......... £700 excess luggage! How much lipstick is that?

I pay my Ryanair tickets online with a debit card and have a zero charge (they charge extra for using a credit card)...... I refuse to take out insurance and I check-in online to avoid yet another 5 euro charge......... with Ryanair you can only check-in online four days in advance but with Eastjet I think you can check in weeks ahead o9nline and even if you have luggage that is to go in the hold!

What makes me laugh is the number of people prepared to pay extra for 'priority boarding' - Ryanair would be happy if 100% of passengers did so and then they'd be no better off than if they hadn't paid the extra cost - as it is, it seems over 50% do the 'priority boarding' thingy (and they still have to queue!) while I have a little nap and stroll on the plane once everybody else has scrambled to get a seat!..... I normally manage to get myself a seat with extra legroom by pure luck even though I'm almost the last to board the plane!


Ryanair are shocking.

They do take debit cards online.

Never again, only if I was doing a quickie to the UK and I did not have luggage.

And all that ghastly advertising on those planes, it is shocking.
Sep 6, 2008 6:19 AM CST car hire
rusty_knight
rusty_knightrusty_knightGozo, Malta254 Threads 4 Polls 10,684 Posts
Sommerauer71: Ryanair are shocking.

They do take debit cards online.

Never again, only if I was doing a quickie to the UK and I did not have luggage.

And all that ghastly advertising on those planes, it is shocking.


but £700 of excess baggage - did you pack a spare nightie or two? conversing
Sep 6, 2008 6:44 AM CST car hire
Sommerauer71
Sommerauer71Sommerauer71Salzburg, Austria164 Threads 4 Polls 19,249 Posts
rusty_knight: but £700 of excess baggage - did you pack a spare nightie or two?


Let me just explain Rusty, rolling on the floor laughing

I was 43 kilos, overweight, then they slapped on a charge for being overweight, which was another 16 pounds, it was 15 pounds per kilo, I should have known better, really, to book with them in the first place, they have had my 84 pounds that they had off me for the flight, of course that is non refundable and I was bringing extra lipsticks and nighties back from the UK as I needed more clothes over here.
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