a VirtualTourist member from Kaunas asked on Sep 4, 2016
we plan to visit Sardegna and the main problem is a credit card for rent. Is it possible to do that without it? :)
Do you mean, Is is possible to rent without having a credit card? Yes, people are always happy to take cash. Some rentals actually require cash rather than a credit card.
If that's not what you want to know, please clarify. Thank you.
Have a great trip.
But just to expand a little further, I don't know what country you're from but if you're paying in cash, your landlord will very likely want that in the local currency: that would be euros. If you're from a country which doesn't use the euro, you'll likely need an ATM card to obtain those. You'll likely need them for other expenses as well.
The poster is from Lithuania and they use the euro so that isn't a problem. Good point for people doing searches on this thread though.
Most places will accept cash for payment but if you want to book accommodation in advance, whether online or by phone, there can be problems if you do not have a credit card.
Many hotels, guest-houses, b&bs etc want either a deposit or access to payment if you do not turn for the the first night. Providing that guarantee is more difficult without a credit card.
So if you do want to book accommodation online in advance I'm afraid it's a case of just checking through which places will accept advance bookings without a credit card. www.booking.com, for example, does list places which do not require a card to guarantee the booking and always makes it very clear.
The poster is from Lithuania
Ah, I see that now. Good catch, Beausoleil. I'm so used to new members not including their locations on their profiles... :O)
You can pay most car hire companies in cash, but be prepared to hand over a lot of cash.
Apart from the rental cost, you will need to leave a security deposit.
This could be as much as an additional 1000.00 Euros
From this, the rental company will deduct the cost of used fuel, if you've not topped up the tank before returning the car.
I advise you to pay for excess damage waiver on top of the basic insurance coverage.
If you do not have this, and you have an accident, the insurance excess will be payable. This could be quite a lot of money.
Do also consider that upon return of the car, the hire company may not have enough money on hand to give you back your deposit, and you could be asked to wait whilst this is withdrawn from the bank.
The rules in Europe are very clear and unambiguous, for renting car credit card is a must! Rental companies do not accept debit cards. The logic is very simple, with credit card companies have third party bail and such bail is very strong. Such guarantee is very important in case the client caused car crash.
There are also exceptions to the rule:
1. If the client knows owner or official of the rental company and they admit to give their personal guarantee.
2. Some companies, but not all, will agree to accept payment in cash, but it could be highly expensive. As Domenico already mentioned, company will ask at least 1000 euros, and it could be the minimum they ask! Let me be more clear, company will ask DEPOSITE in cash, as minimum it will be 1000-2000 euros!
The most simple way is to apply for credit card, Diners, Amex or Mastercard.
Since the original poster does not mention if he/she means renting a car or an apartment, we should clarify:
car rentals = not without a credit card,
rental apartments/holiday homes = depends on the owner, but very often they accept cash.
But the OP has not asked about renting a car so it's possible they don't intend to and so will not have a problem.
Edit: Snap, Ingrid!
Do you use expression to rent for accommodation or for the car?
One book accommodation but rent a car.
Pettiness is not a virtue but a flaw!
Airbnb calls it Vacation rentals - so they do.......
>Do you use expression to rent for accommodation or for the car?
Yes, in both British and American English the expression is most definitely to rent apartments, flats, holiday homes, villas..... cars, bikes, motorbikes, wheelchairs......jetskis, snow skis, rotavators......
'Hire' can also be used but the two terms are fully interchangeable and are not exclusive. To assume that 'rent' applies only to cars would be incorrect.
Perhaps the OP will come back to clarify what he/she actually wants to 'rent' in Sardinia.
'Rent' can apply to the fee for temporary use of an accommodation, a car, a piece of equipment, etc. The OP didn't specify what it is they intend to rent so as mentioned, it's possible that it's not a car they're referring to. MintauteM, can you help us out here as it could make a difference?
LOL, another snap!
It is amazing how much you ladies enjoy in speculations in vain!
Logic says, for renting room one do not need credit card, it is very easy to rent a room with debit card.
But for renting a car one MUST have a credit card!
> Do you use expression to rent for accommodation or for the car?
You received replies to that question.
Let's hope the OP comes back to clarify.
I think Boris believes that he is a native English speaker
Is it well known German humor?
Without confirmation from the OP, we can only speculate.
I do not know if BACS arrangements are in place in the OP's homeland, but if accommodation is the point in question, then most private renters will gladly provide IBAN and SWIFT codes for the transfer of funds, alleviating the need for a card, but, of course, the OP is taking a risk. However, this will not apply to the large booking engine operators, who will only take card payments.
> However, this will not apply to the large booking engine operators, who will only take card payments.
Dom, that is not the case with www.booking.com to my absolute knowledge. A credit card is only required for booking if the hotel/whatever requires it. There are quite a lot which do not, in the UK and elsewhere. You don't pay booking.com, you pay the hotel. The same may well apply to bookings made through other agency websites e.g. www.hostelworld.com
Me I thought the OP was wondering whether the street girls accept MasterCard or Visa. They do but they don't take Amex or Diners and you have to arrange the card payments with their "minders".
Cash is always better tho' but don't have a wallet-full of it.