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car hire query

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car hire query


My daughter (a young driver with a credit card but doesn't want to drive) and her husband (>30 but no credit card) are wanting to hire a car in Barcelona 9-30 September. The rules state that the driver must present a credit card on hiring the vehicle. Does anyone know how to overcome this problem?



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1. Re: car hire query

I don't think so. I'm trying to remember any occasions when my partner, who does not drive rental cars has booked a vehicle and used her card rather than mine when we have collected the car. I've a feeling, oddly enough, that we did this at Cape Town airport (I'm sure that I left her finalisng the payment whilst I checked the car). I'm pretty certain that my own credit card was requested when we were at the desk for our last few rentals in Spain, even though I didn't make the original booking.

Simple solutions:

1. e-mail a few rental companies and explain the situation. They are there to make money so will want to help.

2. Son-in-law get a credit card.

3. Parents/parents-in-law get a card on their account for son-in-law - this obviously implies a lot of trust that he/they won't go crazy with it. I'm certain that this sort of thing used to be possible in the UK at least.

Hopefully you will be able to work it out via option 1. It might even, if there are any of the multi-national rental companies near you in Cape Town, be worth popping in to a local office and explaining the situation. They might be able to assist. You could phone, of course but I always find face-to-face works better for stuff like this.

I imagine that they are expecting to be travelling in Catalunya/Spain, because for most tourists a rental car in Barcelona is a liability. We will be there from 20th September to 7th October but will start off in Tarragona for Santa Tecla and then spend time in Barcelona for La Merce (both recommended if they are looking for exciting things to do). We will pick up a rental car when we leave Barcelona on the 26th or 27th because it is just too much hassle and expense in the city centres.

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