Is a Deposit Required When Renting a Vehicle in the UK and Ireland?

 

United Kingdom

If the rental is not prepaid, the renter must pay a deposit and the full rental charges using a major debit or credit card in his or her own name. If the rental is prepaid, the renter must pay a deposit using a major debit or credit card in his or her own name.

Payment by a credit card in the main drivers name will be required to rent premium vehicles. If the debit or credit card differs from that used to prepay the rental charges, an additional deposit is required.

Ireland

If the rental is not prepaid the renter must pay the full rental charges plus a deposit of 250 Euros. If the rental has been prepaid then the deposit will be 250 Euros.

Note that not all locations in Ireland will accept a debit card. To find out if a location will accept a debit card please contact them directly.