Need a cash deposit car rental? Have no fear, you can make your deposit with cash. Though because doing so means an increased liability for the rental company, few do it. But there are few car rental companies that accept cash deposits.

The rental companies that do allow it have extra requirements though. For instance, they often include a heftier deposit than you would otherwise need.

Be aware also that while many car rental companies don’t accept cashthey will accept debit cards. So even if you don’t have a credit card, you can use your debit card to get the job done. See the list of car rental companies that accept debit cards here.

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Car Rental Companies That Accept Cash Deposits

1. Alamo

  • Cash deposit requirements: Some, but not many, locations accept cash, but they each have their own rules, so you must check ahead of time. If you did use cash as your initial payment method, any excess deposit money will be refunded to you by check within 15 business days of the end of the rental period. You must provide the following: verifiable proof of employment, verifiable home/cell phone and/or utilities in renter’s name, verifiable return transportation ticket; a deposit of $50 per rental day may apply.
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2. Dollar Rent A Car

  • Cash deposit requirements Cars may be rented in cash if you have obtained a Cash Deposit Identification Card. You must be at least 21 to get a cash deposit ID card (except in Michigan and New York, where you can be 18). The application takes around 30 days, and they do pull your credit to verify you. The cash deposit is $350 or 15% of the total cost of the rental, whichever is greater.
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3. Hertz

  • Cash deposit requirements Cars may be rented in cash if you have obtained a Cash Deposit Identification Card. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older (18 in Michigan and New York) and the application process can take approximately thirty (30) days – except as otherwise required by law. There is a $15 nonrefundable processing fee, which offsets the cost to have a modified credit check performed on the applicant. The minimum deposit is $200.
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4. Rent-A-Wreck

  • Cash deposit requirements: Many Rent-A-Wreck locations will accept cash as an initial form of payment; call the specific location ahead of time to verify. If the Rent-A-Wreck location does accept cash payments, you will need to fill out a Cash Qualification Questionnaire at the location during normal business hours. Cash deposit requirements vary.
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5. Thrifty

  • Cash deposit requirements: Cars may be rented in cash if you have obtained a Cash Deposit Identification Card. You must be at least 21 to get a cash deposit ID card (except in Michigan and New York, where you can be 18). The application takes around 30 days, and they do pull your credit to verify you. Cash deposit is $350 or 15% of the estimated rental charges, whichever is greater.
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6. U-Save

  • Cash deposit requirements: Policies for payment will vary considerably among different franchises of U-Save. For example, the Rock Hill, SC location requires customers to make arrangements by phone if they wish to rent with a cash deposit. Contact the U-Save franchise to learn more about cash deposit requirements.
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Car Rental Companies That Don’t Accept Cash Deposits

  • Avis
  • Budget
  • E-Z Rent a Car
  • Fox Rent a Car
  • Sixt Rent a Car

In Summary

The lack of a debit or credit card doesn’t mean you can’t rent a car. A number of national car rental companies accept cash deposits though be aware that those that do often require hefty cash deposits and the completion of specific paperwork. Some companies require cash deposit renters to apply for a Cash Deposit ID card, which can take about a month to process.