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Different car rental companies have different policies. We suggest you assume, for budgeting purposes, that your car hire company will block a sum equal to the excess payable for the theft or damage to your car hire on your credit card.
If you cannot afford this, or do not have a credit card, it's a case of contacting the local offices of your car rental firm to see if they are prepared to be more flexible.
Our recommendation is, if at all possible, to take a spare credit card, that you don't normally use, to use for pre-authorisations - and that's for hotel bills as well as for renting a hire car - this will mean your normal holiday spending money is unaffected by anyone either pre-authorising or blocking your credit card.
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This content was last reviewed on 26/10/2016