Paying Cash to Rent a Car
It's uncommon for people not to have a credit card. However, there are those who either don't enjoy traveling with their credit
card or who just don't have one. When it comes to finding a rental car company that allows you to pay cash you may have some trouble finding one.
When Can You Pay Cash For a Rental Car?
Most rental car companies allow you to pay cash for a final payment option, but in order to take the rental off the company's property you will more often than not need a credit card.
The reasoning behind this is very simple, cash-only rentals are a risky trade-off for rental companies. The potential for the rental car company to lose money is higher with
these types of rentals versus those that only allow credit cards to
secure the transaction.
Do Any Companies Accept Cash-Only Transactions?
Only Dollar Rent-A-Car allows customers to use cash-only transactions to rent. They do not require a credit card for picking up a vehicle for rent. However, those customers that choose
this option will need to visit a travel agent in their area and prepay them with
currency or traveler's checks to get a prepaid voucher.
In other words, Dollar will accept a prepaid voucher that you paid cash
for before you got to Hawaii. The details on this are below in the I DO NOT have a credit card
The prepaid voucher can then be used for the rental car transaction.
Dollar will charge an additional cash deposit for incidentals. After the rental has been returned and an inspection has been done, the customer will either have to pay out more cash for additional fees incurred or they will receive cash back from the rental car company if the fees that were prepaid were in excess.
Are There Requirements for Cash Payments?
There are certain cash
qualification requirements that must be met before a customer will be allowed to pay cash. The
renter must meet all the requirements, including age requirements to qualify for a prepaid voucher.
The customer must also show their airline ticket or current itinerary and it must contain their name, date of flight, destination information and also the flight number.
For customers who are not citizens of the U.S., Mexico or Canada, they must show a passport and also a license from their home country that includes their name, date of birth, license number and expiration date of the license.
Additional information a renter should have includes a hotel itinerary or voucher, hotel phone number and if they are staying at a private condo or residence, they must provide the phone number at that location. Those who are camping will not qualify for a cash voucher.
have a credit card
the car rental companies accept cash as final payment at the
counter when you return the rental. However,
when you pick up your rental, unless you have a cash pre-payment voucher,
you will need to present a valid credit card with the same name
that is on your valid
driver's license. See more detailed information about paying
with a credit card, debit card, prepaid card, gift card, credit card holds,
deposits and final payments in cash.
pay cash when I return the car, can
I still reserve a car through this website and get your corporate discount rates, waivers and
YES. Anytime you reserve through this website, you are entitled to our
special rates, discounts, bonuses and waivers. You can pay cash when you return the
Can I pay with
cash to rent a car in Hawaii?
DO NOT have a credit card.
I want to pay cash. Can I pay cash for my rental car?
Yes, but restrictions
apply. Only Dollar Rent-A-Car will allow you to rent without
showing a credit card at the pickup counter. But to rent a car from Dollar with no
credit card, you will need to go to your local travel agent, pre-pay
them, and get a Prepaid Voucher.
I need a special type of travel agent to allow me to use cash to
get a pre-paid cash voucher for a Dollar rental?
What we know for sure is that travel agents who have a special
arrangement with Blue Sky Tours Hawaii (BSTH) can arrange a Dollar prepay
car rental. Your travel agent must be registered
with BSTH in order to reserve a Dollar "cash pay" rental through them for you. To find a local travel agent in your area that is registered
with BSTH, go to www.blueskytours.com
and enter your zip code in the slot. If there are no BSTH
registered travel agents in your zip code, try some surrounding
zip codes, or ask your local travel agent to register with BSTH.
there a minimum age requirement
in order to qualify to pay cash?
Yes. It is our understanding, after speaking with a
representative of BSTH on the phone, you can be as young
as 18 years old and still be able to get a pre-paid voucher
and rent a car at Dollar. There is a $30 per day underage driver surcharge.
Will the travel agent accept traveler's
checks or my debit card?
We see no reason why a travel agent wouldn't accept traveler's
checks. As far as if they will accept your debit card, you'll need
to ask them.
Will a travel agent charge me an
Probably. Since airlines, hotels, cruise ship companies, etc.
lowered travel agent commissions, in order to stay in business,
most travel agents may charge a booking fee.
there special cash qualification requirements to get a
Yes. There are special "Cash
Qualification Requirements" in order to receive a pre-paid voucher.
If I have a pre-paid voucher, will I be required to
deposit any more money at the Dollar pickup counter?
Yes. You will be asked for an additional mandatory cash
deposit at the counter to pay for any charges that
you may possibly incur. If there are no additional charges when
you return the car, any unused money will be refunded to you. The
items you may need to pay a deposit for can be such things as,
but not limited to, the following:
Gasoline - if
you don't bring the car back with a full tank
charges - if you bring the car back late
Additional days over your original reservation
Damage to the
taxes on the above
Cash Pay Renter must meet
age requirements in order to qualify for a pre-paid cash voucher.
Renter must present round trip airline ticket (or a current itinerary for an E-ticket) with the following information imprinted on the ticket:
If the renter is not a U.S., Canadian or Mexican citizen, renter must have a valid passport and a valid country
driver's license. We must be able to read the following on the license:
Renter must have a valid local contact and verification is MANDATORY as follows:
Campers do not qualify for cash rentals.
*The information above
is accurate to the best of our knowledge, is not under our control, and
may change at any time without notice. It is your responsibility to
independently verify this information with your local travel agent.