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Car Hire Santander Debit Card

debit card car hire

This has been a bit of an issue for us in the past, Santander issue two types of debit cards to their customers and one of which we previously couldn’t accept. You may have come across us before if you were looking to hire a car with a debit card and we can arrange this in several hundreds of locations worldwide with an ever expanding list of deals we have arranged with car hire suppliers.

As part of our debit card deal however we had three main restrictions that the card had to meet, which was an issue with one of the Santander cards. The restrictions where….

1. The card must be a Visa debit card or a MasterCard debit depending on the location you are hiring.
2. On the card the name must match that of the driver, meaning that when you reached the counter to pick up the car the name that is on your licence must match the name on the card.
3. The numbers on the card must be embossed, meaning they are raised from the surface significantly and indented on the back. These you will typically find are in silver and not black.

The problem was to do with the cards Santander issued, for example some of them had flat black numbers and others had raised silver numbers but they where still considered a visa debit card, however they didn’t go through the machines, it got even more confusing when the black “flat” numbers on the card where ever so slightly raised similar to that of braille.

Here is an example of the Santander card which has black numbers:
black number card

We can now accept Santander debit cards with black numbers at a number of different locations which you can find below.

Downtown LocationsTrain Stations
ClaphamKings Cross
BromleySt Pancras
BatterseaVictoria Station
WembleyMore Downtown
Shepherds BushBloomsbury

This is however quite specialist and we need to organise it through one specific supplier as it’s only the one that will allow us to do this. You can arrange this deal if your card has black flat numbers by calling our reservation team on +44 (0)113 880 0748 or emailing us at [email protected] where an experienced reservation agent will be happy to answer any questions you may have and to get you a vehicle.

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