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Old 02-10-2013, 08:08 PM
 
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hello
i know similar threads have been made, but i havent found one on this unique situation, so sorry if this is a duplicate.
im on a vacation where all the plans fell through. now im kind of stranded in florida. i have been calling the major car rental places hoping to rent from tampa florida, then return it to plano or dallas texas. the problem is that i only have a debit card. i am also under 25.
after calling around i know alamo, enterprise, and national wont allow it.
does anyone know of a car rental company in the area that would allow it?? i need to be leaving florida the morning of feb 12th (only a day away) so i need a solution quick.
thanks for any advice.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:12 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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If they do, I would expect them to require a $200 to $300 "hold" on the card till it gets returned.

Last edited by Me007gold; 02-10-2013 at 08:53 PM..
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:47 PM
 
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Your age is a big factor. why not just pay cash for a bus ticket if you just want to get back home?
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:04 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Default Dollar ??

Have you tried Dollar ? Some locations will rent to over 21 for a fee.

Also more info here
http://www.autorentalguide.com/car-r...under-25.shtml
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:16 PM
 
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Can you fly? If so you can probably just get a plane ticket from Tampa to Dallas for $250 or so.

Flights from Tampa, FL (TPA) to Dallas/Ft Worth, TX (DFW) - Hipmunk
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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One-way rental with a debit card is not going to be easy. Many times, when rental agencies allow a debit card to be used, it's in a given city with proof of a return plane ticket, not a one-way rental. Under 25 can be a sticking point as well, since I believe you have to a have a major credit card in your name to rent, and the rate could be higher. I know that I rarely had an issue renting under 25, but that was with a credit card.

Alternative rental companies that I can think of are franchised, without the network of one of the major companies, so you cannot do a one-way rental with a company like Rent A Wreck.

I agree that if you want to leave Florida quickly and cannot find a flight to Dallas, I'd just take Greyhound. It should take about a day, I'd imagine, given the stops and all, but it's going to be less expensive than a car rental if you could even find one, as you would have a higher rate for one-way and then surcharge for under 25 if you could find a company that would allow you to use a debit card.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:30 AM
 
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Your age is a big factor. why not just pay cash for a bus ticket if you just want to get back home?
Because the bus driver might notice the 3 suitcases of weed I am transporting back to Texas!
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:55 AM
 
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Unless luggage prevents you, I would fly or take a bus. Good luck.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:50 AM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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Out of curiosity, I did a couple quick searches. Flights from MIA-DFW tomorrow is $234, with tons of fares at $350, just for example. Other major airport pairs will be pretty similar, as someone already posted.

Rental cars were > $500 because of the one way fees. I saw a couple > $1000 in a quick search. The OP is already extremely limited as a result of having no credit card and being under 25, and wanting a one way rental. Just the gas would probably be $150.

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Because the bus driver might notice the 3 suitcases of weed I am transporting back to Texas!
This was my first thought. Most people would check flights first. OP must be hauling some big souvenirs.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:16 AM
 
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I had the same problem when we were moving across state <no car rentals would accept debit cards>, but that was over 8 years ago, you might try calling several rental car companies...maybe they honor them ? or maybe you can rent a very small truck from a moving company like Hertz or Penski??
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