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Payment Methods

payment options

When it comes to paying for your rental vehicle, there are two main payment options: Credit Card and Debit Card. Credit Card is the most commonly used form of payment for rental cars. If you are looking to pay for your rental with cash or prepayment, make sure to contact the supplier directly to see what options are available that you can choose when paying for your hire car.

Credit Card

Commonly, car rental companies will require you to provide a major credit card when you pick up your car rental. The supplier will ask for your credit card so that they can freeze a specific amount of money on your credit card on the off chance that there are any additional charges incurred while the rental car is in your possession. This cost will be frozen as well as the estimated rental cost of the car.

Keep in mind that your credit card needs to be in the same name as the primary renter of the vehicle. Additionally, if you are unable to provide an accepted credit card to the car rental company when you pick up your rental, you may not be able to hire a car. To ensure that your credit card will be accepted, you can call our customer care experts to assist you in any inquiries.

Find out which credit cards are accepted by our car rental partners here.

Debit Card

The location of the rental car, type of debit card and type of car all depend on whether you will be able to use your debit card. An additional security bond may also be required. Make sure that your debit card has the correct amount of available funds in order for it to be approved as a payment option for your car rental.

Did you know that your debit card will need to have a MasterCard or Visa logo on it to be accepted? Ensure this is on your card because if it isn't, you will be required to provide a different form of payment.

For more information on using your debit card as a form of payment, click here.


Some car rental companies may accept cash payment although may charge a high Security Deposit of $1,000 or more. There are also some companies like East Coast Car Rentals that will require you to purchase their Loss Damage Waiver option if paying by EFTPOS or Cash. If you choose to pay cash, note that the cash must be issued in New Zealand Dollars and can only be used when you return the vehicle. You will not be able to rent a car if you do not have a valid and accepted credit or debit card at the time of collection.


When paying for your rental car . . .

The card that is provided upon collection of the rental will need to be in the same name as the main driver. These two things need to match, otherwise, there may be issues when you try to pick up your rental. For any other questions you have, check the car rentals terms and conditions here. If you don't find what you are looking for, you can contact our customer care team.