If you want to rent a car in Curaçao safely and hassle free without a credit card, there is one company we can recommend: Sunny Cars. The other rental companies we surveyed all require a credit card in the name of the main driver.
One local rental company will rent a car without a credit card. A fee, between about $613 and $ 1839 (€500 and €1500), will be requested as a deposit. Always check the rental car before signing an agreement, considering the age of the car and the condition of the tires.
In this article, we would like to explain a bit more about the possibilities and impossibilities of renting a car in Curaçao without a credit card.
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Rent a car without credit card
At several tropical destinations, including Curaçao, Sunny Cars will rent you a car without a credit card. The surcharge is between $12 and $30 (€10 and €25) per day, depending on the model of car.
The number of models you can choose from, when using the 'no deposit' option, is much smaller than when using a credit card to rent. During our survey, we had a choice of 61 models with a credit card and 8 models without credit card.
When booking a car rental with Sunny Cars, you do have a ‘without deposit’ option. If you select this, Sunny Cars takes on the guarantee for the rental company, making it possible for you to rent the car without a deposit.
You can arrange this by checking the option – 'no deposit' – when booking online (at least 5 days before the rental date). After making the reservation, you will receive a link to a registration form. Your reservation for a rental car without a credit card will be confirmed after you have fully completed this form.
Rent a car with credit card in someone else's name
If you cannot provide a credit card in your name when picking up the car as main driver, you will not get the car. Is there a second driver and does he or she have a credit card? Then you have two options:
- Cancel the booking on the spot and make a new booking with the other driver as main driver;
- The owner of the credit card will be the main driver and you will be the second driver.
Both options may incur additional charges.
Can you rent a car on Curaçao without paying a deposit?
There are few of the rental companies we researched where you can rent a car without a deposit. In this chapter, you can read about it.
It will be possible to rent a car from one local rental company without a deposit. Generally, rental companies require a credit card on which an amount can be blocked as a deposit. With a credit card, they have security in case of any damage to the rental car, and they know for sure that the rental amount will be paid.
The companies hope that renters will be more careful with a rental car, if they run the risk of losing their deposit.
Also, one local rental company may accept cash deposits, as long as the amounts are not too high. In general, the car rental companies will not accept cash at airport locations. At the city offices, it is sometimes accepted.
This is what a (prepaid) credit card looks like.
This is what an ATM card (debet) looks like.
Rent a car in Curaçao and pay your deposit with a prepaid credit card
A prepaid credit card can be a solution if you don't want or can't obtain a credit card. If you rent a car in Curaçao with a prepaid credit card, there are a number of advantages for you compared to a normal credit card:
- You do not need a fixed income;
- You deposit an amount to the card and cannot spend more than that amount. So you do not build up any debts;
- A prepaid credit card does not require a review of your credit score or approval from the creditor. However, this is necessary for a normal credit card, as it is seen as a loan.
For a rental company, there are some drawbacks to the prepaid card:
- They do not know how much money is on it, so it is uncertain whether the rent will be paid;
- In the case of costs due to damage, they also have no certainty that they can be paid.
Therefore, rental companies do not always accept the prepaid credit card. If you find a rental company that accepts the prepaid credit card as payment and for the deposit, please read the terms and conditions carefully before signing.
Do you want to rent a car in Curaçao with a credit card?
If you decide to rent a car on Curaçao with a credit card, please pay attention to this:
- The deposit (excess) is deducted from the spending limit on your credit card
- Some credit cards include insurance with car rental. Please check with your credit card company if this is the case for you and what benefit this will bring you.
Which rental companies can I contact?
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