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Save money when renting a car by taking your own gadgets and accessories

DashWhen hiring a car or other type of vehicle is things can quickly start to add up, however there are ways to reduce your costs so that you have more money to spend on your holiday. When possible we recommend using the below tips to help you save money and have a more comfortable trip.

Navigational Device
Hiring a satnav can sometimes be nearly as expensive as purchasing your own! We recommend taking your own satnav device with your or downloading a navigation app to your smart phone. If you do choose to take your own navigation device make sure it is fully up to date and supports navigation in the country you are traveling too (there is nothing worse than finding out you don’t have the right map!). Not only will this work out cheaper, but you will have a chance to get used to the device before your travels, so you don’t have to worry about learning how to use a new one while on the road.

Chargers and Audio Accessories
Being able to listen to your own music, or able to charge your phone while driving are small luxuries which can help improve your car hire experience. Having to buy or hire chargers for your devices or audio accessories can work out expensive, save money by packing these before you travel! Top tip: before you leave for your travels always check you have packed the correct chargers and adapters for your gadgets, save time by packing these in an easy accessible location in your hand luggage.

Child Car and Booster Seats
Having to hire a child car or booster seat can be costly, but more importantly may not always be in the best condition leaving you with safety concerns about your little traveller. We recommend in order to put your safety concerns at rest, when possible travel with your own car or booster seat. If you do choose to take your own child seat on your next trip always contact the car rental company prior to ensure your seat will fit correctly in the hire vehicle and complies with driving rules within your travel destination.

Fuel Charges
Not quite an accessory tip, however a great way to help save money on your car hire. Many car rental companies charge for returning a hire car with an empty fuel tank (in many cases this is much higher than the standard cost of fuel in your chosen destination). Unless your hire vehicle comes with a free tank of fuel as part of the contact, we advise filling your tank up before returning the hire vehicle.

Why not tell us by tweeting us @Questorins what gadgets and accessories you always pack to make your car hire journeys more comfortable.

Looking to hire a car on your next trip? Make sure you protect your hire cars excess with a Questor Insurance car hire excess policy. We offer competitive rates covering annual and worldwide car hire starting from as little as £2.71 for a daily policy. Click here to find out more about our car hire excess insurance or speak to a member of our friendly team on 0333 323 0090.

Date Created: 16 October 2016 by Kim Coppins

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