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Old 12.07.2011, 16:04
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Car Rental with no Credit Card

I just put myself in a huge problem. I need to move my girlfriends apartment from Graz,Austria to Switzerland and planned to do it in two weeks. Went into Europcar and tried to rent a golf or passat wagon. Everything went well till they told me my bank card with the Visa logo was not acceptable. They need a credit card just like Avis,Hertz and Sixt. I was told by a classmate that Europcar accepted cash deposits but I just found out that in Switzerland they only accept Credit Card deposits. I need a car really bad and really soon.

Anyone know where I can rent a car here in Bern without a credit card?

I have a company car but can't use it for outside of the country...I'm really stuck.

My only option is to go through Europcar in Loerrach,Germany where they accept cash deposits but the rates are ridiculous at 17 rappen/km after 800 km...

Any help would be most appreciated!
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Old 12.07.2011, 16:09
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I just put myself in a huge problem. I need to move my girlfriends apartment from Graz,Austria to Switzerland and planned to do it in two weeks. Went into Europcar and tried to rent a golf or passat wagon. Everything went well till they told me my bank card with the Visa logo was not acceptable. They need a credit card just like Avis,Hertz and Sixt. I was told by a classmate that Europcar accepted cash deposits but I just found out that in Switzerland they only accept Credit Card deposits. I need a car really bad and really soon.

Anyone know where I can rent a car here in Bern without a credit card?

I have a company car but can't use it for outside of the country...I'm really stuck.

My only option is to go through Europcar in Loerrach,Germany where they accept cash deposits but the rates are ridiculous at 17 rappen/km after 800 km...

Any help would be most appreciated!
This is easy. Drive the company car til the border. Rent a car from right across the border..drive to Graz, put apartment + gf in trunk. Ride over the border...load content of trunk into company car trunk....drive back and live happily ever after.
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Old 12.07.2011, 16:11
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Re: Car Rental with no Credit Card

a) Use your girlfriend's credit card!

b) Get a credit card.

c) Use your company's credit card.

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Re: Car Rental with no Credit Card

Maybe you should apply for a credit card.
Doubt the girlfriend's appartment would fit in the boot (trunk) of an ordinary company car.
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Re: Car Rental with no Credit Card

just use the company car, if you get caught (unlikely) say you didn't realise you'd crossed the border, as you got lost....
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just use the company car, if you get caught (unlikely) say you didn't realise you'd crossed the border, as you got lost....
..and what if he causes an accident and the insurance is void?
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..and what if he causes an accident and the insurance is void?
Wait, you care about such things MR. I Do Not Need An Insurance?
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Re: Car Rental with no Credit Card

Unirent in Zurich accept cash deposits. You can expect to provide around CHF400. Maybe not useful for Bern...
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Re: Car Rental with no Credit Card

Do what I did use the girlfriends card! Saved our bacon it did.

Or do what I'm about to do, get a credit card.
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Do what I did use the girlfriends card! Saved our bacon it did.

Or do what I'm about to do, get a credit card.
I can see some advantages in that the girlfriend has a credit card and you don't. You might wanna rethink getting one...
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Re: Car Rental with no Credit Card

I had this problem a few years ago, the company wouldnt let me use somebody elses credit card, had to be my own.
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..and what if he causes an accident and the insurance is void?
Certainly, as he'd be doing something illegal. There is a fine difference.
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Re: Car Rental with no Credit Card

Checked out Unirent but the problem is 300km limit and then 42 rappen per km after that....too expensive for me.

Thanks for all the help...I'll apply for a credit card for the near future.

Found a place in Ostermundigen that rents reliable clunkers with no radio or air condition for a good price and no credit card deposits...I'll drive by tomorrow and see what I can find
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I just put myself in a huge problem. I need to move my girlfriends apartment from Graz,Austria to Switzerland and planned to do it in two weeks. Went into Europcar and tried to rent a golf or passat wagon. Everything went well till they told me my bank card with the Visa logo was not acceptable. They need a credit card just like Avis,Hertz and Sixt. I was told by a classmate that Europcar accepted cash deposits but I just found out that in Switzerland they only accept Credit Card deposits. I need a car really bad and really soon.

Anyone know where I can rent a car here in Bern without a credit card?

I have a company car but can't use it for outside of the country...I'm really stuck.

My only option is to go through Europcar in Loerrach,Germany where they accept cash deposits but the rates are ridiculous at 17 rappen/km after 800 km...

Any help would be most appreciated!
Hi I was in the same situation recently, it is really annoying one cannot do anything without a proper credit card.

Here was the solution (I am not sure if you have the possibility): As we are members of Mobility CarSharing we rent the car through them with Hertz - it was also discounted. We needed to call them and they placed the reservation on our behalf and invoiced it to us. Like that, Mobility was like a garantor to Hertz for us.

(In the end we had to cancel the trip anyway, but that's how it supposedly worked)
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