Berlin: car rental without deposit and credit card [GUIDE]

We rent a car in Berlin and off we go!

Berlin is a huge tourist and communication center. Many communication routes converge in the city, so no one is surprised that the rental offer here is one of the largest in Europe. The selection of rental companies and cars is huge, the prices are really moderate and they encourage you to take advantage of the convenience of having your own car. You can rent a car at the airport or at one of the many rental points in the city center. To rent a car, you usually need to be at least 21 years old (some companies require 25 years of age), have a valid driving license and a payment or debit card. Many tourists rent a car in Berlin to go on a long, multi-day journey around Germany and Europe.

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A short instruction for the intemperate

I'll start with a short guide to renting a car without a deposit and without a credit card, a quick guide for the impatient. Just follow the few simple steps below and you're ready to start looking.
If you are a group of very impatient people, you want to start looking for a car quickly and you prefer short video instructions, I recommend the YouTube video below, which presents and explains the most important things.

If questions and doubts arise during the search, look for answers further in the text. The text is long and contains a lot of useful information. I divided it into several logical parts and included links to them at the end of the post. I consciously constructed it this way. You can read it piece by piece, selecting the part that interests you, or read it in its entirety. However, the most important thing is to search quickly.

Car rental without a deposit

step 1 - go to the website offer comparison websites - [click]
step 2 - fill out the form (entering the dates and place of pickup of the car) and press "Search"

1 - car pickup location
2 - date of collection of the car
3 - date of return of the car
4. - button "Search"

step 3 - after a while you will receive the search result. Then in the options and filters panel, search for the section "Refundable deposit” and check the option “A deposit is not required".

step 4 - Finished! The search results only include offers without a deposit!

WARNING! It is possible that the "No deposit required" option will not be available in the filters. This option does not appear when all such offers have already been sold. Sometimes it helps date change rental or car pickup location.

The location of the key search engine elements on your computer and phone screen can be found in the image below.

On your computer screen:
1. Select currency
2. Language selection
3. Search options and filters panel
4. Quick information on the offer: without own participation
5. Quick information on the offer: without credit card
6. Detailed rental conditions (by clicking)

1. Select currency
2. Language selection
3. Search options and filters panel
4. Quick information on the offer: no own contribution
5. Quick information on the offer: no credit card required
6. Detailed rental conditions (by clicking)

No no deposit offers? Yes, it's possible in Berlin!

If the option “A deposit is not required” is unavailable in the filter, you need to select the smallest deposit available on the list (as in the image below).

We choose the smallest available deposit amount

This version of rental means that it is impossible to avoid making a deposit, and the only thing we can do is minimize its amount. Some rental companies require such a small deposit (sometimes it is only EUR 200) that you do not need a credit card and a regular debit card is enough.
I described how to find offers that do not require a credit card in the next section.

Car rental without a credit card

step 1 - go to the website offer comparison websites - [click]
step 2 - fill out the form (entering the dates and place of pickup of the car) and press "Search"
step 3 - in the options and filters panel (3) search for the section “Payment by card on delivery” and check the option “Debit card"
step 4 - Finished! The search results only show rental offers without a credit card

The location of key elements on the search engine page (on your computer and phone) can be found in the images above.

Germany - important information for drivers and travelers

- official: German
- popular foreign language: English
Currency: EUR (euro)
Area telephone number: +49
Traffic: right-handed
Speed ​​limits:
- in built-up areas 50 km/h (31 mph)
- outside built-up areas 10 km/h (62 mph)
- on motorways without restrictions (unless signs indicate otherwise)
Permissible blood alcohol content: 0,5 per mille
Fuel prices (2024):
- petrol (Euro 95): EUR 1,75/litre
- diesel: EUR 1,65/liter
- LPG gas: EUR 1,05/liter
check out: current fuel prices in Europe

Material liability, insurance, own contribution, deposits and deposits

When the rental company hands over the car to you, you are also responsible for its condition for the duration of the rental. It's clear!
What is the scope of this responsibility? It's not so clear anymore!

Financial responsibility is mandatory, but can it be significantly reduced? Or maybe you can throw it away completely?
It's possible, but you have to see how!
You can find more about getting rid of financial responsibility for a rented car in the entry: Car rental insurance and reduction of financial liability - [click]

Additional charges and their reasons

Additional fees incurred when renting a car (especially those charged after the car is returned) are often a source of frustration for many rental customers. They can be prevented, but first you need to know where such fees come from and what may be their cause. I gathered situations I knew together in one text and described them. It's really worth reading this post!
How to avoid additional fees at a car rental company - [click]

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