Your essential car hire checklist

Checklist1If you’re planning to travel around Europe or even further afield this summer, hiring a vehicle can provide the perfect opportunity to explore.

But while hiring vehicles provides a great deal of flexibility, there are plenty of things that you need to consider, before, during and after you travel.

Ahead of your trip

It’s best to look around at various car hire options to find the best one for you – you’ll want to consider things like boot space, and if you prefer a manual or automatic.

If you can in advance it’s wise to do so, as you should find you have greater vehicle choice and a better array of deals to choose from.

You’ll also want to check your insurance cover and most notably the excess, as it may be worth investing in car hire excess insurance too, which would cover the excess you would need to pay in the event that the vehicle was damaged or stolen.

Prior to driving overseas, you should also check the local driving regulations to see if any are applicable to where you are going.

In Switzerland for example, you must have a warning triangle in your vehicle at all times and you’ll need to have a vignette (vehicle sticker) if you intend to use the motorways, even if just for an hour or two. Expect to be fined heavily if you’re pulled over without one.

If you intend to hire a vehicle after flying, be sure to confirm the start time of the rental and to update the car hire firm should there be delays, as they may otherwise cancel reservations.

You may also want to print of an English translation of the European Accident Statement before you leave, just in case something does go wrong.

When you get to the car hire desk

It’s always handy to have a spare credit card available, although this should be in the name of the driver listed on the rental.

This is for peace of mind as much as anything, although there are reports of rental desks saying a card is declined where drivers have opted against added extras or have sorted their own insurance.

You’ll need to check all of the details carefully too, as if you fail to dispute any extras or unclear items early on then you’ll have to pay them.

Check the car thoroughly when you receive it too and ensure that any marks, dents or scratches are listed on the contract, and that any items that are legally required are available.

When you return your hire car

Ensure you have a receipt that shows when you filled up the car (if a full tank is required) and take photographs of the vehicle again if it cannot be signed back in.

While this should protect you if any disputes occur, know that you can also approach the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association and the European Car Rental Conciliation Service for assistance.

If you are considering car hire excess insurance for your trip, get a quote today and find out how little it can cost.

Date Created: 11 April 2018 by Questor Insurance