Car hire without credit card and deposit: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, La Palma, Lanzarote. Car rentals - comparison of offers

In this post you will learn how secure, no credit card and no deposit Rent a car with full insurance in the Canary Islands:
1. for example. for 16,5 Euro at a local Orlando rental shop (directly on the site Orlando or through Rentalcars)
2. for example. for 25 Euro in the AVIS network rental (directly on the website REVIEWS or through Rentalcars)

However, I advise you not to finish reading here and immediately click on the links above. Next you will find lots of valuable information that will allow you to find the really best offer!

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Beware of pandemic car rental prices !!!

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned car rental prices upside down. The increase in car rental prices is huge. Official announcements say that the price increase is due to the need to maintain high sanitary standards. In my opinion, the strict sanitary requirements do not justify such an increase in the cost of car rental. What kind of growth are we dealing with? The 5-day rental I did during my trip just before the pandemic cost me less than EUR 70 (with full insurance). Today, for exactly the same rent, I see prices in the range of 400 - 450 EUR. Horror! Why is it like that? I am convinced that the rental companies compensate for a smaller number of customers with a higher price. One rental must now "compensate" for the reduced demand.

Is there a way to get high prices during COVID-19?

I have re-analyzed the offers of a dozen of the best car rentals and a few of the best price comparison websites. I found one common denominator. In fact, the prices are very high all the time, but drastically falling (by 50% or even more)just before the planned departure. The lowest prices are more or less 5-10 days before the planned departure and they drop to around 50 EUR for one day of rental, with full insurance option. Any price at this level or lower should now (especially in the summer season) be considered attractive (of course if applies to rental with full insurance). Advance booking 1-5 days is very risky and prices in such short notice often (although not everywhere) increase again.

The offer of the rental company I selected and described below is still the best, but it is more expensive than it was. Make a reservation as I wrote: 5 - 10 days before the planned pickup of the car. Then the price should be the lowest.

From comparison websites, I recommend that you look for two: Discover Cars - [click] and Rentalcars - [click]. They have wide offers, and at the same time have signed contracts with various groups of rental companies. Thanks to this, you check various offers from different groups. A particularly interesting alternative is here Discover Cars - [click]because it has contracts with many local, small rental companies. It is possible that some local promotion can be scored. The other comparison engines are practically a copy of what you will find in Rentalcars - [click].

All the other comments and advice that I have included later in this post still apply, so it is obligatory to read the rest. You will find my complaints there that 50 EUR a day is expensive, but I would like to remind you that this was related to the situation before COVID-19. We currently have a different situation.

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Read before you start booking!

When I was in Tenerife a few years ago, unfortunately I acted quite spontaneously. I only thought about renting a car when we stayed at a local hotel for 2 days. I arranged the rent quickly ... I went to the hotel reception and asked if they could help me about renting a car. Of course, the reception desks in all hotels are perfectly prepared for this. Most often they cooperate with tiny, local rental companies. The gentleman at the reception literally made one phone call and after three minutes I already had a car booked. It was (I remember it perfectly) the well-served KIA Picanto, which (when it was clearly downhill) on a dual carriageway towards Santa Cruz was able to accelerate almost to 107 km / h 🙂
The whole family squealed with joy when we finally managed to cross the magical 100 km / h barrier with this car. I did not know whether to hold the steering wheel or maybe grab the other elements of the body, because I had the impression that we are just falling apart. Everything was shaking as if we were passing through the atmosphere returning from space travel to Mars.
The fact is that KIA Picanto even managed to go to the bottom station of the cable car on Teide volcano to the height of 2 555 m above sea level, but it was difficult not only for me as a driver, but also for her.

My KIA Picanto for 50 Euro per day

Learn from my mistakes!

The rental cost me 50 Euro for each day and there was no need for a credit card or no deposit. All I needed was an ID card and driving license.
Everything is cool, but today I would do differently.
Tiny local rental companies with just a few cars usually do not require any additional security (in the form of a credit card or deposit) and it is cool. Unfortunately, after some time, when I started to explore the topic, it turned out that 50 Euro per day is very expensive. If I had done some honest research before, I'd be able to rent a better car for less than half that amount. Of course, also without the need for a credit card.
An important disadvantage of such micro rentals is too technical condition of vehicles. In small car rentals, cars are rarely exchanged and they ride until they die … literally. When you take a car from such a rental shop, don't expect luxury. A several-year-old car that is constantly tortured on the island's mountain and steep roads (start, stop, clutch, brake ... over and over) by drivers of various skills, after a few years it's a real wreck.
In small rentals, I have practically always encountered the same problem: burned or heavily worn clutch and heavily worn brakes. Once, I even got a car with such a worn clutch that smoke flew from under the bonnet after a few kilometers of regular driving. Of course, the clutch was burning, which was practically gone when I picked up the car. Drama.
However, as long as someone wants to ride such a wreck, it will be rented in the micro rental shop.
However, there are no jokes on mountain roads such as Tenerife. It's steep, winding, tight and dangerous. Do not risk renting a car from a garage rental company!
The best solution in this situation are medium-sized rentals, with a solid fleet and selected chain stores.
A medium-sized local rental with an established position on the market certainly does not owe its position to chance. Networks, in turn, have accepted standards that they must adhere to. In both cases, the fleet is regularly renewed and serviced, so you can feel safe.

How much does it cost to rent a car in the Canary Islands at a good company?

And here a surprise! As I wrote at the beginning, renting will be definitely cheaper and better than the one I described in the previous paragraph. The information that I provide below is the result of my own many years of experience and a detailed analysis of offers close to 20 operating in the Canary Islands of various car rental companies of various sizes and range.
Of course, I will not describe all the offers here. I will show only those that I chose, considering them the best. At the same time, these are offers that I would take advantage of myself when I go to Tenerife today (I have hooked on this Tenerife, I will stick to it).

Approaching the analysis, I assumed that:
- the rental is to be possible without the use of a credit card
- the rental is to be possible without the need to block the money in the form of a deposit, or the deposit must be really very low
- the company is to be known, reliable and proven
- the price must be attractive (definitely lower than what I once paid)

The analysis led to the selection of two offers. The first is the offer of a large, well-known and proven network rental company, offering great rental conditions. The second is the offer of a reliable local rental company, offering car rental in all the largest Canary Islands (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, La Palma, Lanzarote). It so happens that I used both and I am very happy with them.
Below descriptions of these two offers, I will put basic information related to renting, which is worth knowing when renting a car. If you don't have experience in renting a car, read them. I'm sure they will be useful.

Local Car Rental - Orlando

Orlando - [click] is a rental company that deals with car rental only in the Canary Islands. In other parts of the world they don't have any rental companies. They operate only in the Canary Islands area. They have a great opinion. I was also happy with their services.
I prices are practically the best on the island.
However, there is one thing you need to know in the case Orlando. Due to the good price offer the rental is very popular. In the summer season, during the tourist peak, car collection usually takes longer here than at other rental companies. Customers complain about this most often. It is worth calculating it in your plans.
For comparison, I searched in Rentalcars their offer according to identical parameters, as I will do it below for AVIS: na 4 days between 7 and 11 October 2019 year. The search result is shown below.

As you can see in the picture, we will pay together for renting a Renault Twingo car without a credit card, without own contribution 287,84 PLN.
The daily cost is about 16,5 Euro (!!!).
And how does this relate to the money I paid at the reception of the 50 Euro hotel per night ???

To be sure, click the "Orlando rental conditions" link and see what the "Deposits, Own contribution and Collateral" section contains. If it contains entries as below, then everything is as it should be.

Of course, pay attention to it Special offer, because (as I described above when discussing AVIS) in the search results you will find offers from Orlando also in other variants.
Other variants, which do not include full insurance, are cheaper, but when you pick up your car rental will request a credit card and place a block of 780 Euro on it! At the same time, in the event of a car collision or theft, your maximum own contribution as compensation for the rental costs is 780 Euro. Again, I warn you that there will be no surprise.

Of course, you can also check and compare the price with the offer directly on the website Orlando - [click].

How do I search for an Orlando offer in Rentalcars?

We proceed identically as in the previous case.
1. You go to the site - [click]

2. You enter into the form on the main page: place (Tenerife), date of pickup and return of the car (as below) and press the "Search"

3. You are waiting for the results to appear and in the left panel, in the "Provider name" section, check the box next to Orlando

4. This way you have other offers filtered out and you can only see cars from the Orlando offer (the car supplier's logo is visible in the lower left corner of the offer as in the picture below). Now you need to find the offer with the description "Special offer"As outlined below. Then it remains only to go to the next steps by pressing the "Book now".

If Rentalcars offers you additional car insurance in the next step, don't buy it. For Special Offers already containing full additional insurance, the insurance offered by Rentalcars is no longer needed. It makes no sense to pay twice for the same.

Car rental directly on the Orlando website

If for some reason it is better for you to rent directly on the rental website Orlando, below is the instruction. In the instructions, I pay attention to which options in the rental process must be selected so that the rental does not require a credit card and that the rental does not create any deposit.
The manual can be useful, especially if none of the languages ​​in which the Orlando website is available are close to you, or you simply do not yet have experience in booking a car online.

1. You go to the site Orlando
Here right away WARNING!
On the Orlando website, promotions are very often ongoing and there is a high probability that you will find them (the promotion usually has the opportunity to get one 15% discount). Unfortunately, there is never information on the website itself whether the promotion is currently active or not.
Below I place promotional coupon with a link. Clicking on it will take you to the Orlando website. If the promotion is active, information during the booking will be displayed (in the form of a pop-up window) about the discount available. If not, then you will just reach the end of the booking and the information will not appear.
When I was writing the article, when I was making a trial booking, this window appeared. Below I will describe what to do to take advantage of the promotion proposed by Orlando when the window appears.
Meanwhile, we go to the Orlando website by clicking on the link in the coupon below and we start booking:

15% rebate

Discount on car rental in the Canary Islands: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, La Palma, Lanzarote.

After entering this link, a window will appear during the booking in which you must provide your email. A message will be sent to the e-mail with a link to the offer with a discount of 15%.

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2. Once on the Orlando website, at the beginning choose the language in which you find the easiest to navigate (the page opens in Spanish by default). You choose the language in the upper right corner, as indicated by the arrow in the image below.

3. Enter the place of rental in the search box (after clicking on the window, a list with possible pickup locations on all islands will expand). Enter the day and time of pickup and return of the car. Please note that In addition to the date, enter the approximate time. I often forget about it myself and then clicking the green "BOOK NOW" button does nothing.
If you are more than 21 years old, the box next to "I AM OVER 21 YEARS OLD" should be marked with a "tick". Persons aged 21 and younger are charged an additional fee, which covers additional insurance taking into account the young age of the driver.
We press on "BOOK NOW"And we move on.

3. A list of available cars with prices appeared. I choose the "Pay now" option. It's cheaper, and I'm decided to rent, so there is no point in paying extra.
I click on the green button as the arrow in the picture below shows.

4. We must enter on the next booking page Driver data (if you book on someone's behalf, remember to state it Driver data). mark also that interests us full insurance, which guarantees that the rental will be without a credit card, no deposit and no own contribution.
We mark the option: Total Protection Insurance, as shown by the arrow in the image below.
By the way, we see the cost that we will pay extra for each day of insurance that we chose.

5. We go down the page and there we see the summary and the total amount that we will pay for rent.
Here you should accept the rules of the rental and the privacy policy by clicking the button on the left.
Then move on by clicking on "CONFIRM INFORMATION AND CONTINUE".

6. On the next page we can see a summary of information and reservations. If everything is correct, we confirm the reservation with the "BOOKING NOW".
Then only payment remains and it's ready. An appropriate booking confirmation will be sent to you via e-mail.

Promotion on Orlado

Promotion is very common in Orlando. Then, at some point during the booking process, the following window will appear by itself:

This means you have the chance to take advantage of an additional promotion. In this case, it is 15% and we deal with such promotion most often in Orlando.
To take advantage of the promotion, you must enter your email address in both fields (the same in both), and check the box in the bottom left (consent to receive special offers).
Then you press the button:I WANT IT"
If everything went well, you'll see a confirmation with the following content:

This means that a special link has been sent to your email. At this point, cancel your reservation and do not continue it. Wait for an e-mail with a dedicated link to come to you. The link and thus the promotion will only be active for 36 hours. During this time, you must click on it and complete the reservation.
The link in the email will have the form of a button as below:

After clicking on the link received in the email you will be taken back to the Orlando website, to the reservation you have started earlier and you will be able to continue it.
It will look like the picture below. The price will be reduced by the 15% discount you are entitled to, and at the top of the page you will also see information confirming this (as in the picture below).

By continuing your booking as instructed, you will see new, lower cost values ​​for your booking.

Congratulations !!! You've managed to get an extra discount from Orlando.
Small and enjoys 😀

After a happy return home from rest, you can go back to the content of the promotional email from Orlando. In his footer you will find a link, thanks to which you can withdraw your consent to receive promotions and commercial information ... until the next time you need a car rental discount.
The link is indicated by the arrow in the picture below:

Online car rental - AVIS

Lending REVIEWS probably no one needs to be introduced. It is present everywhere, but not everywhere has an attractive offer. Networks have the characteristic that they often shape their offer differently depending on the market. In Tenerife just AVIS looks really very attractive.
At the time of writing, I searched the car rental price comparison database Rentalcars and directly to the site AVIS - [click]. Promotion, which is on the site Rentalcars (and it has been available on Rentalcars for at least a few weeks) on the AVIS website and I haven't found it. At the moment, it is best to rent a car via Rentalcars.
When searching for an offer, as a car rental date I entered a date about 3 weeks distant from the day I was searching. Specifically it was 4 days between 7 and 11 October 2019 year.
The offer of AVIS on the Rentalcars website was as follows:

For 4 days to rent a car Volkswaegn Up !, with full insurance, no own contribution or deposit we will pay 428,54 PLN. This means that daily rent will cost us 107 PLN, or about 24,5 Euros. I think the offer is great! Anyway, when you search and analyze several other offers yourself, you'll find that I'm right.
On offer I marked very important information with red arrowsthat you must pay attention to when booking.

1. Colorful "Special Offer" frame - the offer you are looking for and which I recommend is the offer with the description "Special Offer" and containing additional information as in the picture above. This description guarantees you renting a car without a credit card and no deposit, with full insurance and no down payment in the event of an accident.
Choosing an offer that does not contain this description will cause the rental company to ask you for a credit card and make a deposit. I would like to point out that there would be no surprise afterwards.

2. "AVIS rental conditions" link - before clicking the "Book Now" button, click on the "AVIS rental conditions" link. A window will open, in which click on the words "Deposits, Own contribution and Collateral". After clicking the information will appear, in which the record should be placed as in the picture below.

If this is the case, it means that the offer you have chosen is the one we want and you can confidently start the booking process by pressing the "Book Now"

Of course you will find in Rentalcars for the same car a cheaper offer and also from AVIS, but I felt that this is not the same offer! See screenshot as below.

Please note that there is no additional description for "Special Offer" on this offer. The car rented from this offer does not have full insurance and in the event of a collision or theft you may be charged the so-called own contribution up to 1800 Euro, to cover losses for the benefit of the rental company.

How do I search for an AVIS offer in Rentalcars?

Due to the huge car rental database, search results on Rentalcars there will be plenty, and their ranking not necessarily as expected by us. To make your life easier, use a filter. The easiest way to do it is in this order:
1. You go to the site - [click]

2. You enter into the form on the main page: place (Tenerife), date of pickup and return of the car (as below) and press the "Search"

3. You are waiting for the results to appear and in the left panel, in the "Provider name" section, check the box next to AVIS

4. This way you have other offers filtered out and you only see cars from the AVIS offer (the car supplier's logo is visible in the bottom left corner of the offer as in the picture below). Now you need to find the offer with the description "Special Offer" as presented below. Then it remains only to move on to the next steps by pressing the "Book now" button.

If Rentalcars offers you additional car insurance in the next step, then don't buy it. For Special Offers already containing full additional insurance, the insurance offered by Rentalcars is no longer needed. It makes no sense to pay twice for the same.

What do you need to know before renting?

Below you will find some basic information that you should read before renting. They relate mainly to the scope of insurance and liability you may incur when taking it out. The rental options I have proposed above basically limit your liability to zero, but I believe that what I have entered below must be read at least once. If you need to, you can always look here again.

What is a credit card deposit?

deposit is the amount that the rental company blocks on the credit card. This amount does not disappear from your card. It's still there, but is not usable.

Suppose you have a credit card with a PLN 3000 limit. You rent a car from the rental company, and in the conditions of the rental there is information about the deposit in the amount of 500 EUR. You pick up the car and the rental company will deposit a deposit on the card, in accordance with the EUR 500 contract. Your card still has 3000 PLN but 500 EUR * 4,3 = 2 100 PLN is blocked and as long as the blockade is not removed, you cannot use these funds. PLN 900 is available to you.

If you had a plan to pay with the same card for a hotel that costs PLN 1500, for example will not succeed. The deposit will be removed at the earliest about 24 hours after the return of the car, and often it takes even more than a week. It is worth remembering and it is best to pay for other obligations to have a different (debit) penalty or a correspondingly higher limit on your credit card.

What is the deposit on the credit card for?

In this way, rental companies protect themselves against dishonest customers. If the customer does not fulfill the terms of the contract, the costs associated with it rental deducts from the deposit. Suppose you are 8 hours late with returning the car. The agreement provides for an additional fee. The rental company may charge a fee from the deposit regardless of your will.
Another example: you picked up the car with a full tank of gas and returned it with an empty one. The rental charges the value of full refueling and the additional service cost. It now comes out more or less as if a liter of fuel cost 2 EUR. So e.g. the 50 L * 2 EUR / L = 100 EUR fuel tank. That much more or less disappears from the deposit. Examples can be multiplied (scratches on the car, broken mirror, broken glass, damaged upholstery, etc.).

Own contribution and car insurance

In addition to the deposit, which is blocked directly on your credit card, renting a car involves taking on yourself liabilities with so-called own contribution.

Own contribution applies to:
- destruction or damage to the car
- car theft

Each rental has its own amount of own contribution. Separately for destruction and separately for car theft.
This is the cost that you agree to pay the maximum if one of the above events occurs.
The assumption is that if the costs resulting from the removal of damage are greater than the own contribution you assumed in the contract, you are only liable up to the amount of your own contribution, and the remaining costs are covered by insurance.
Currently, practically all rentals include the cost of this insurance in basic vehicle price (the cheapest one you see on the throne). This insurance is mandatory and applies to all rented vehicles.

Vehicle damage insurance - CDW

This is it basic insuranceto which the vehicle is covered (often on the website of the rental company is called Full Insurance, which can be misleading, I feel allergic, it is common practice). The practice of calling basic insurance full is probably intended to suggest to the customer that at a similar price he is purchasing a better insurance package. Then the offer seems more attractive, but in fact it is not. So let's check if the insurance called full insurance is insurance CDW or actually full (SCDW - about which I will write a little below).
I did not find an offer where the insurance would be subject to a surcharge. Everywhere it was at the basic price of the vehicle.
CDW is an abbreviation of the English name Collision Damage Waiver. Having this insurance limits your liability for damage to the amount of your own contribution.
However, if it wasn't too colorful, it would be from this insurance are off the most common: windows, tires and chassis. There may be more exclusions. This means that if, for example, during a collision the damage touched the elements that are excluded from insurance, then for their repair you will pay extra.
Of course, if the event was not your fault and you have a police report for it, then the rental company he has no right to deduct any money. Then the offender pays.

If you have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, no insurance works. You pay the full amount of repair costs.

Theft insurance - TP

It is an insurance which in the event of the theft of a vehicle limits your financial liability to the amount of your own contribution.
The name of the insurance is short for the English version Theft Waiver.
The cost of this insurance is included in basic vehicle rental price.
I did not find an offer where the insurance would be subject to a surcharge. Everywhere it was at the basic price of the vehicle.

Full damage insurance - SCDW

This type of insurance totally or partially bear your responsibility for car damage and that is real full damage insurance.
The name comes from the English version: Super Collision Damage Waiver.
In most cases, your liability after purchasing this insurance is reduced to zero, less often to a symbolic amount of around 100 - 500 EUR (depending on the brand and price of the new vehicle).
Rentals, which basic insurance is called incorrectly (or intentionally) full, are called this type of insurance: All Inclisive, Super, All Protection ... etc.
When booking on the site Rentalcars, you can buy full insurance with every rental SCDW. However, you should be aware that this is the insurance you buy in Rentalcars, not at the target rental company. What does it mean? This means that if there is damage or theft to the car, the rental will download from your account the amount up to the amount of own contribution, and for the return of this amount within the possessed you must apply to Rentalcars.
If you want to take out full insurance SCDW directly in the rental, you have to do it on site, when renting. You will then avoid any possible withdrawal of your own deposit from your account and claiming a refund from the insurer. Unfortunately, most rental companies even on their own websites do not allow you to buy this insurance online and you have to do it on the spot when picking up the car. For this rental prices through Rentalcars are lower than directly on the rental site, so anyway it's profitable make a basic booking through Rentalcars.
I checked the cost of buying full SCDW insurance at several rental companies. On average, it is EUR 30 / day for basic car models.

Travel Insurance - PAI

Often, when renting, insurance for people traveling with a rented car is also offered. It has nothing to do with the car itself, it only applies to people. If you buy insurance for yourself before traveling, you do not need it.
The abbreviation comes from the English name: Personal Accident Insurance.
This insurance is often included in the package with SCDW.

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24 thoughts on "Car hire without credit card and deposit: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, La Palma, Lanzarote. Car rentals - comparison of offers"

  • 23 December 2019 about 01: 00

    Very well written. It's good to read.

  • February 21, 2020 at 08:48

    Hello. My question about renting a car without a credit card. On the rentalcars website, in the tab, there is a special offer 0 own contribution, but the payment method is only a credit card. How is it in reality. Thanks for the answer

    • February 21, 2020 at 09:38

      More data is needed. What rental, what offer, link to the offer, etc.
      Rentalcars uses page templates to display offer descriptions and often there are two contradictory information in the same description: one that comes from the special offer, the other always appears from the template and the template from the template is often misleading because it is inconsistent with the offer special.
      This is so often the case with cards, where in the basic template there is information that only a credit card and although, for example, in the special offer there is no longer this requirement, the entry from the basic template also appears.
      A deficiency that makes it difficult to analyze the offers.
      How is your case? Without more information, I won't say 100%.

  • February 25, 2020 at 19:09

    Hello! It is not as described here. I booked the car in accordance with the instructions described above from Orlando with full insurance. After receiving the confirmation email, it turns out that when picking up the car you need a credit card for a deposit of 600 €! In addition, it turns out that they only accept MasterCard and Visa credit cards, but they do not accept Debit Cards - and people mainly have such cards. I had to cancel my reservation due to no credit card.

    • February 25, 2020 at 19:31

      If you booked through Rentalcars then… you couldn't do it, because at the moment Oralndo does not offer full insurance offers through Rentalcars (i.e. with the description I showed in the post). So you cannot temporarily choose an offer with the description I showed in the article. It changes from time to time, and they can appear at any time.

      If you booked through the Orlando website then the rules apply (I checked it again at the moment) so far:
      "When collecting a hire vehicle, the driver must provide a valid credit card with sufficient credit to cover the excess / deposit amount. The deposit amount is either blocked or charged to a credit card. Currently, the deposit amount varies between € 300 - € 1200, dependant on the car group and product of the reservation.

      Debit cards are accepted on the condition the driver purchases the Orlando Rent a Car Full Protection Insurance. "

      Which means that when choosing an offer without full insurance, of course, you will need a card and a deposit from 300 to 1200 Eur, depending on the size of the selected car. The bigger it is, the bigger the deposit.
      However, when choosing an offer with full insurance, a credit card is unnecessary and an ordinary debit card is accepted, as stated in the second sentence: "Debit cards are accepted on the condition the driver purchases the Orlando Rent a Car Full Protection Insurance."

      Please note when booking that if the form on the Orlando website asks you to re-enter your details, the previously selected options return to their default state. So if, when booking, the form asked you to fill in a frame, it automatically turned off the previously selected "Full insurance" option, which you might not have noticed and you went to the next step with the option without full insurance. Then the information about the need for a credit card could appear.
      Minor form defect in Orlando.


      • February 28, 2020 at 10:47

        Hello! Michal, how is the insurance? Their website has only SUPER INSURANCE COMFORT PLUS insurance, which covers only tires, rims, lost keys, bad fuel and a discharged battery. Do they have full insurance that also covers damage to the body of the car?
        Thanks and greetings

        • February 28, 2020 at 14:17

          Let me give you a hint: there is no such thing as insurance that covers "only tires, rims, lost keys, bad fuel and a flat battery", without body and sheet metal insurance. There is no rental company that offers coverage for what you write about without bodywork insurance. SUPER INSURANCE COMFORT PLUS insurance is an extension to the insurance which already includes the bodywork insurance and extends it only to: tires, rims, lost keys, bad fuel and a flat battery.

  • February 26, 2020 at 21:30

    Hello, I recommend autoreisen rentals. This is a rental company operating in the Canaries, no deposits, great price, and the best rating is the fact that 90% of all passengers who rented cars approached their counter at the airport. I used in July 2019

  • February 28, 2020 at 10:36

    Hello. I don't know where you get this information, but it's not what you wrote. I booked directly through the Orlando side. I did not need to enter any data twice. You choose the airport, date, time, car and type of insurance. I, of course, chose full. I can't add a photo here because I would prove that it is as described. As for the cards, I don't know where you found that they accept the debit card, because they have the following:

    Cash and Debit cards are not accepted.

    Accepted Credit Cards

    So they don't accept any debit cards. I would also like to add that I wrote from Orlando on whatsapp and also asked about the type of cards that they accept for a deposit.
    Here's the answer:
    "Hello good morning, Only credit card VISA or MASTERCARD are accepted to take excess / deposit amount"

    • February 28, 2020 at 13:55

      And they wrote back well, because you asked them how to make a deposit, and a credit card is required to set up a deposit. However, if you take full insurance, the deposit is 0, so they don't take it, and the card is not needed. It's clear. And it is written with them in the rental conditions.

      I take the information from the Orlando website, with the description of the rental rules:
      I recommend point 7 which deals with deposits and insurance. This is what I pasted you earlier.
      You are misleading yourself and others.

  • March 3, 2020 at 10:46

    Good morning Mr. Jacek,
    nice article, with lots of information.
    However, I would need some hints from you regarding the Orlando rental.
    I'm going to Tenerife now 8.03-16.03.2020 and I plan to rent a car for 2 or 3 days on 10-12.03.2020
    I have purchased a trip at a travel agency with a transfer from the airport to the hotel (Playa Real Resort, Av. De Moscú, 111, 38679 Costa Adeje), it is located about 18 km from the airport and it would be difficult for me to go to the car by public transport. Pickup of the car right after arrival is also not really an option because we land at 01:30 and after 5,5 hours of flight I do not want to take the drive to the hotel.
    However, I found a different Orlando rental location which is about 5km away from the hotel.
    (Orlando Rent A Car Las Americas, Hotel Udalla Park, Av. Antonio Dominguez, 38660 Playa de la Américas), however, I do not see or know how to order a car with a pickup at this location via
    Do you know how it can be done? I also looked at the Orlando website, but renting a car directly from them on the website is about 20 Euro more.
    Unless you can recommend a different rental shop in the Costa Adeje area?


    • March 3, 2020 at 11:19

      If you want the Lord by Rentalcars then please come on Rentalcars and in the search engine enter: Costa Adeje. Select one of the two displayed locations on Costa Adeje (no matter which, the results for both are the same afterwards).
      You will receive two groups of results in the search results. One of them will be: Tenerife - Best Jacaranda Hotel located 400m from the central point of Costa Adeje.
      Please open this result and there is an offer from a tiny rental company: Comauto Rent a Car. A short inspection of the offer shows that they give the car without making a deposit on the card, and the liability and own contribution to any damage and theft is EUR 0. So full insurance.
      You will check it after clicking on "Comauto Rent a Car rental conditions" - link just under the logo of the rental company on the offer. This is how I chose from a quick analysis of descriptions, but unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to take cars from them, so you have to read a little about them yourself and check if everything is correct. And the question of price and whether it is attractive. I did not compare this.
      The price of Orlando, higher by EUR 20, is most likely (I guess) an additional cost of delivering the car to a different place than at the airport. Choosing the location you are writing about probably automatically adds the cost of delivery and collection of the car.

      • March 3, 2020 at 12:10

        Mr. Jack,
        thank you very much for the tips in such a short time.
        I will definitely check and read about this rental company. When I cover the topic and test it, I will let you know here in the comment, maybe someone will use it later.


  • March 3, 2020 at 15:16

    If the payment details appear at the end of the car rental process (screenshot in the link), does it mean that they will be blocking money on my account?

    In the terms - Deposits, Own Contribution and Collaterals there is a record that they do not charge:

    But in terms of - Fuel Policy Options there is a provision for locking money in your account

    Can they block any amount by providing the card number and the rest of the data? Only up to the amount from the rental calculation? (screenshot in the link)

    Regards and thank you for your help.

    • March 3, 2020 at 18:19

      1. The last step of the booking process is payment. Rentals does not block the money on the card, the rental payment is simply collected in the last step, of course after your approval.
      2. Deposits, Own contribution - I understand exactly how you do
      3. Rentals that rent without a credit card, for any fuel shortages, they charge you with a normal debit card, which you pay for the rental as in point 1. They usually do not block anything on it beforehand. Similarly, you pay for traffic fines (in principle, for providing police data for issuing a ticket) if you break the law and are located by a speed camera.
      4. They cannot block any amount. Only as much as they charge for a possible refueling. The main amount for the rental also cannot be blocked, because you pay immediately when booking in the last step, so they have already paid it.

      • March 3, 2020 at 20:30

        Mr. Jacek, thank you very much for your support and advice.

        • March 3, 2020 at 23:18

          Here you are. The pleasure is all mine.

  • March 18, 2020 at 14:44

    Hello, as promised, I provide information about the "Comauto Rent a Car" rental in Tenerife at the location: Costa Adeje at the Best Jacaranda Hotel.
    I recommend this rental company with a clear conscience. I rented a Citroen C3, I got the version: Nuevo with a mileage of a little over 5000 km. With full equipment + built-in navigation in Polish.
    1. Rental time: 2 full days (return on the third day between 9: 00-10: 00 am)
    2. Cost PLN 317,00 including the cost of renting a seat (less than PLN 3 per day)
    3. Fuel according to the rules: you return with the amount of gas you received (for me it was 1/3 of the tank)
    4. They did not require their own contribution and they did not block any amount on the credit card.
    5. NOTE: but they require an active credit card which they verify. It's about making sure you are trustworthy. (well that's their policy)
    6. They also require that each driver has a passport with him, they do not rent a car for an ID card.
    7. Cars are kept in the hotel's internal parking lot. (If you are a hotel client, you also get a remote control for the entrance gate, so there is no problem with parking space and security) I was not a client of this hotel.
    8. I had full insurance, also for windows and tires. So you do not have to worry about anything, of course you should always be careful on the roads, because why do we need extra stress, waste of time and formalities.
    9. The only thing you cannot lose is the key because the insurance does not cover it. You pay 50 Euro from your own pocket for a lost key.
    10. Remember also about all the rules that Mr. Jacek wrote about on his blog. You need to see the car together with the rental employee, if necessary, take photos of any damage.
    11. The car was perfect, the only thing that was a weak engine, it was able to cope with steep slopes, which, depending on where we go, there is plenty of it. We even went to see the Volcano to Teide Park, a more difficult route (not the highway) and we also managed. However, I do not recommend this road to unskilled drivers, the inclination level is sometimes even 50 degrees.

    Mr. Jacek, thank you again for your help and advice.
    Greetings Piotr.

    • March 18, 2020 at 14:51

      I am all the more glad that everything went well!
      Best wishes

  • 25 July 2020 about 14: 31

    I am looking for a car in Tenerife, 5 - 10 February 2021. The best option at Rentalcars is now Thrifty, with full insurance, a deposit of 100 euros. PLN 5 in 358 days - it's a good price. Avis is already 100 PLN more expensive (although there is no deposit there). I don't see the Orlando company at all. best regards

  • 21 September 2020 about 01: 52


    I'm going to Tenerife and of course I'm looking to rent a car. I looked at the offers from the orlando office and found a car that suits me, but after selecting the option no deposit and complete elimination of liability for damages (for which I pay about 7f a day) in small print I write that the amount of 2700 euro will be blocked on my credit card account in case of any damage.
    I am asking for help because I do not understand why pay for liability exclusions if they still charge me money in case something goes wrong.

    Thank you for your answer

    • 21 September 2020 about 08: 24

      With full insurance, they do not block the deposit.
      This is also what the regulations of the rental company say on their website:

      Please see point 7 (), third paragraph:
      "If Orlando Rent a Car Full Protection Insurance is purchased the client will not be charged a deposit at the rental desk. However, in the case of any traffic fines or damage caused by negligence and / or reckless driving the client will still be held liable. "

  • 22 July 2021 about 11: 22

    I have read and congratulations on your patience :) your articles are great to read. As a regular of the Canaries, I am surprised that you did not capture the CICAR rental company, which only works in Spain. No deposits, no hidden fees, and the vehicle pickup and return is generally done without the rental staff, which surprised me a lot. Full coverage that gives you the climate that you don't even worry about damage. I used to use EUROPCAR on Tenerife once. I adhere personally. The lady at the airport, when issuing the vehicle, charged me 350 euros of insurance for a week without my consent. I took the car through and had already taken out insurance with them. What I called, wrote for 2 months is mine. In the end, they gave back a reduced sum. If I can recommend something proven then CICAR. In Fuerte without any problems.

    • 22 July 2021 about 11: 26

      Yes. You are right. CICAR is worth attention!
      Best wishes.


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