debit card car rental?
They WOULD have taken his debit card, as long as he forked over rent receipts, copies of utility bills, and a pint of his own blood.
Does anyone know of a (national) car rental place that will take a debit card? I don't use my credit card for anything these days. In SF, even the local non-chain car rental place requires a credit card.
Unless JoC replies, I don't know. I've always thought you had to use a credit card, no exceptions.
Why not use a credit card?
My debit card number was recently stolen from an online store, and the doing a fraud charge back on a debit card sucks compared to a credit card. They don't immediately give you back your money, so my checking account was out $800 until there were mailed forms with signatures for the fraud claim.
Oh, and never ever ever sign up for "Verified by VISA." Apparently, VISA thinks that it is completely unhackable, and will not do a charge back if a "Verified by VISA" transaction is fraudulent. So my bank had to refund the money to me out of the goodness of their hearts.
Sort of like some insurance companies think cars with RFID keys can't be stolen. So if it is stolen, it's fraud.
I used Dollar.
After the first problems, I phoned ahead to check and I was told they would require a credit check. However, they didn't ask me to give them anything or to authorize such a credit check when I went in. It was as simple as I would've expected it to be. They swiped my card, I signed the receipt and initialed that I didn't want the rip-off insurance, and got the keys.
A credit check is substantially better than asking someone for documents that people typically don't carry around with them, even moreso when they don't have their own vehicle handy. Kudos if you keep a bank statement and two utility bills in your wallet/purse.