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Can I pay for my rental car with a debit card?

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Policies vary per supplier, but generally renters are required to present a valid credit card in their name to pick up their vehicle. The credit card is required to cover the security bond, which will be taken at the time of pick-up. The renter will not be able to access this amount during the rental period.

Debit cards are only accepted by some suppliers if they have the Mastercard or Visa emblem. Debit cards may not be accepted if you are hiring from the luxury or specialty fleet, and using this type of payment may require you to leave a higher security bond. 

Our suppliers accept American Express, Diner's Club, Mastercard and Visa credit cards. China Union Pay credit cards are accepted if they contain the Visa logo. Debit cards of this kind are not accepted. 

Avis accepts the Avis Charge Card, American Express, Diner's Club, MasterCard and Visa. . Prepaid debit cards are not accepted.
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When you pay the security bond

When you arrive in New Zealand to pick up your rental car, you may use a debit card to pay for the security bond. The debit card must have the Visa or Mastercard logo printed on it. If there is no damage to the rental car, the amount will be refunded at the end of the rental.