Getting to grips with the basics of car hire

Car HireIf you’re jetting off to sunnier climes this summer, or need to travel overseas for business, then car hire can be an essential part of your trip.

But against a backdrop of reported hidden fees and bad practice, how can you be sure that you’re getting the best deal?

In a bid to make your outing a stress-free experience, we’ve detailed some of the basics of car hire that you won’t want to forget.

Do your research

It’s very easy to use the first car hire firm you find, but you should always look around to see what is on offer.

An online search will often throw up any issues that are prevalent at specific companies – such as if they have poor customer service, low quality vehicles or long waits at collection.

At the same time, doing some research also allows you to find special offers which could help you to save.

However, take lead-in offers with a pinch of salt, as they are often just starting prices and may change based on dates or with add-ons.

Check what suits your needs and act accordingly, ensuring that you have a vehicle that is big enough, and practical enough for your needs.

Do you really need add-ons?

Sat-navs and children’s car seats will often incur an extra charge, so you should ask yourself if you really need to have them.

You could opt for a make or model of vehicle that has a sat-nav systems built in. Alternatively, you could opt to take your own.

Check the hire car out

It may be tempting to just get behind the wheel and start enjoying your trip, but it pays to check the vehicle over first.

Take plenty of photographs of your hire car and ensure that any damage or marks are noted by the rental company, in writing, before you leave.

Test out functions such as electric windows and reclining roofs and double check the fuel policy with the rental firm – this should help you to avoid any hidden charges.

You may also want to consider getting car hire excess insurance cover before you travel, to protect against the excess you would need to pay should the vehicle be damaged or stolen.

This added extra can provide peace of mind while on your trip, especially as the excess figure could amount to hundreds of pounds depending on the problem you face.

Date Created: 29 May 2018 by Questor Insurance