Is there a way to rent a car with bad credit?

My credit score is under 600, but I want to rent a car to go on vacation with my kids. Can you tell me how to rent a car with bad credit?

Answer
You aren’t alone—close to 33% of Americans have a poor credit score. But there are still ways to rent a car!
Statistically, drivers with bad credit may pose a greater risk to the rental agency, so most companies will limit the types of cars you can rent. You can also expect a higher deposit on the rental, which will be refunded once the car is returned.
The agency will also ask you to provide extra forms of identification to prove your identity and residency. These forms of ID can include:
  • Utility bills
  • A valid passport
  • A state ID card
  • An additional debit card
You may also have to spend more for rental car insurance unless you opt to use your own policy as coverage.
If you have a lower credit score, you might be dealing with higher insurance rates already. If you want to easily make sure you’re getting the best rate possible, check out the Jerry app—we’ll get you customized quotes from top-of-the-line providers, so that all you need to do is pick the plan that works best for you. And once you pick one, we’ll even help you switch!
Best of luck with the car, and enjoy your trip!
Matthew Macgugan
Answered on Dec 06, 2021
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