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With short-term car rental an option for those seeking a means of travel while avoiding public transport, what does the process of hiring involve?

For those that don’t regularly hire vehicles, there are a few things to consider, but you should be able to find a solution that meets your needs – whether that’s a rental to cover the commute for a few weeks or even a car for use on a city break or short staycation.

And if you’re worried about your safety when hiring a car, you’ll find that rental firms are taking precautions by using an array of enhanced cleaning measures.

The process of hiring

To hire a vehicle in the UK, you’ll need a valid driving licence or an international driving permit if you come from overseas.

The age at which you can hire a vehicle varies depending on the rental firm you use, although if you want to hire any type of vehicle without restriction, most hire firms will require you to be at least 30 years old.

If you’re younger than that, you might be limited to the types of vehicle you can hire, while those under 25 will likely need to pay a young drivers surcharge.

You may also need a DVLA code to hire a car in the UK if you’re a resident, as some hire firms will want to check your licence for penalty points.

These codes – which can be applied for online – last for three weeks and can be redeemed just once by a third party, allowing them to see your driver details.


Cleanliness forms a key part of efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the car hire sector, but if you wish to take extra precautions, you may wish to sanitise parts of the car that you have regular contact with.

These may include door handles, the steering wheel, seat surfaces, seat belts, the gear stick and the handbrake, as well as the car key fob.

What about insurance?

Hiring a vehicle comes with a certain level of insurance cover, but you may find it is limited for your particular needs.

Opting for car hire excess insurance could provide added peace of mind, as it covers the excess you would need to pay if the hire car is damaged or stolen.

Date Created: 25/06/2020

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