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Why you do not always need everything when hiring a car

Steering1Travellers looking to hire a car abroad should be watchful of added extras that they do not necessarily need, especially as many will push costs up.

However, this doesn’t mean you should be put off. If you know what you are looking for and are willing to be flexible, then you can quickly make hiring a car a simple and cost-effective process.

So, read on for tips on how you can make savings on your car hire to ensure it doesn’t eat too much into your holiday budget.

Make savings on sat-nav

If you’re renting a car abroad, it goes without saying that a sat-nav can come in handy, particularly if you’re not familiar with the route you will be taking. As a result, car hire firms will tend to offer you a device for an added cost, but this is where you can make a saving.

A study from found that some car hire firms at airports were charging more to rent a sat-nav than it would actually cost to purchase one yourself. For example, to hire a sat-nav for a week some companies charge £92, however one can be brought for as little as £39.

Adding an extra driver

Although this may be unavoidable, especially if you are travelling long distances and are going to take it in turns, having more than one driver is going to dramatically increase the cost of your car rental.

If you can leave the responsibility to one person then you will be able to save a decent amount of money – you just might need to make it up to them!

Hiring a child seat

The same study from Kayak found that car hire firms are also charging travellers a significant amount (£71) to add a child safety seat, even though one could be brought locally for just £37.

Kayak travel expert John-Lee Saez said the research highlights that buying an extra item rather than renting it can mean huge savings for travellers.

Should you purchase anything you need, you can always use it again on future trips too, so it is vital that you look around before purchasing anything to find the best prices.

If you’re planning on hiring a car on your holiday, you may want to consider car hire excess insurance to ensure you are protected in the event of needing to claim – get a quote today and see if you could save.

Date Created: 27/09/2017

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