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Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty add debit card payments in Europe

Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty customers can now use a debit card payment option across selected European locations instead of a credit card for van and car rentals.

Debit card payments are now accepted on Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty van and car rentals in the UK

The debit card rentals are available at Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty locations in Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Slovakia, mainland Spain and the UK.

The simplified ‘Pay Your Own Way’ policy has been introduced as recent Mastercard research shows that people are increasingly using their debit card. In 2016, more than 70% of all card payment transactions in Europe were made with debit cards, with additional research showing that 50% of people carry debit cards only.

Tracy Gehlan, senior vice president, Hertz Europe, said: “The new ‘pay your own way’ option is all about offering customers greater flexibility, convenience and choice in how they rent from us, putting them in the driving seat.”

Customers who prefer to use a debit card must have a Debit Mastercard or other recognised debit cards, and will undergo the same ID and driving licence checks prior to renting the vehicle. A pre-authorised deposit for the vehicle will be held on the customer’s account and released minus any owed charges once the vehicle has been returned.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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