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​How much is the deposit for a long-term car hire?

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​How much is the deposit for a long-term car hire?

Like with most hires, when hiring a car there is a deposit for customers just in case something untoward happens. Deposits are in place should cars be returned to us that are damaged, late or very dirty. Thankfully, we have a customer base that which this is very rarely the case.

Most car hires, including Green Motion accept deposits using pre-authorisation on the main drivers credit card. Just so you know what to expect when embarking on a long-term car hire, here is some information about pre-authorisation.

What is pre-authorisation?

While deposits take money from the account and are reimbursed following completion of the hire, pre-authorisation is a temporary hold on money on your payment card. This must be with a major credit card such as Visa and MasterCard as cash and cheque pre-authorisation is not accepted.

The pre-authorisation on your credit card will be made at the time of collection. Through pre-authorisation, there is not an actual amount charged and no funds are taken. The figure must be available in the account, but will not leave it. So, broadly speaking, the deposit for long-term hire is in fact zero, unless there is damage to the car.

What are pre-authorisation charges?

At Green Motion, small, large and seven-seater vehicles all require and £400 pre-authorisation charge. This rises to £800 for 8/9 seater vehicles and premium cars such as Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Jaguar.

As mentioned before, this amount will not leave your account but is ring-fenced rather than transacted as a sale. Once you have returned the vehicle to our branch in a suitable condition, the funds will be released in your account in between 5 and 15 days but can be longer depending on the type of card and country of issue.

Electric car hire UK

If you are looking to hire an electric or hybrid car on your next trip, get in touch with us today. Green Motion car rental takes its environmental policy seriously, championing best practices and attitudes to ensure that our impact on the environment is kept to a minimum.

If you would like to hire a low-emission vehicle for a month, use our online booking system to browse the options available to you at your local branch. 

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