Budget Car Rentals - Debt Card Use - Need to Pass a Credit Check First.
Stranded at Airport by Budget Car Rental. - Complaint
TAMPA INT'L AIRPORT, FLORIDA -- I reserved a car from Dollar Rentals; now affiliated with Thrifty. Before I booked it, I called & asked the representative if they accept debit cards. (I don't have any credit cards; nor want any.) He said they accept all debit cards, not a problem, but they also put an add'l $250 on "hold" through my checking account until we returned the car. Not a problem for me.
I went to pick the car up, and used my debit card. About 5 minutes later, I was told it didn't go through. I couldn't believe it! I had over a $1,800 balance! I was told that my "credit" check/score wasn't accepted by Equifax. What the heck is that all about?
They stated it was in the "fine" print, that they go through Equifax to secure payment and I didn't qualify. WHAT! Why was that not mentioned when I spoke to a representative before I reserved it! Naturally, since I didn't have a credit card; I was denied!
Someone overheard us, and recommended I use Enterprise.
IF YOU WANT TO USE YOUR DEBIT CARD, and have no credit history DON'T use THEM! Go to ENTERPRISE CAR RENTALS; they have no problem with using our debt card; what the heck, it's comes directly & immediately out of your checking account!