Hiring a car when on holiday is an increasingly common occurrence, but it isn’t without its pitfalls.
In an effort to make your trip as enjoyable and stress-free as possible, we’ve compiled a list of the essentials for car hire that you won’t want to forget.
If you booked your holiday months ago and plan to leave organising car hire until later, it’s wise to take a different approach.
Instead, you should look to book as early as possible. As well as providing more choice, this should also help you to secure a better price.
Demand in the summer months is always high, so don’t wait around to book in the hope you might secure a last minute deal.
Think about your needs Find a vehicle that’s fit-for-purpose
Upgrading to a bigger car at the hire desk could cost upwards of £100. So to ensure you get the best price for your vehicle, do your research in advance and secure a vehicle that suits your needs.
Depending on your chosen location and the plans you have in store, you may also want to opt for a car that can handle the terrain. Mountainous roads, for example, are a lot easier to navigate in a vehicle designed for that environment, and likewise, a smaller vehicle is better equipped to handle narrow city streets.
It’s essential that you know what insurance cover you have, as policies may not always cover every part of the vehicle.
The tyres and windscreen are two of the most common parts to be excluded, and the rental desk may attempt to make you buy excess policies to cover these.
It’s also important to shop around for car hire excess insurance as booking a separate policy before you travel will work out cheaper than purchasing at the check-in desk.
Such policies protect you in the event that your hire car is damaged or stolen, as without one, you would be liable for the excess which could amount to thousands of pounds – even if the damage was not your fault.
If you believe you’ll need a sat-nav on your trip then it’s probably cheaper to take your own with you and upgrade its map system because car hire firms will often overcharge for extras like these. Another alternative is to use the GPS mapping on your smartphone, although you will need to watch out for those roaming charges! Planning ahead and downloading a Google Map to your mobile before you travel can save some expense.
If you require a car seat on your trip then it’s also worth doing your research, as many airlines will allow you to stow one in the hold for free.
You may think that naming several drivers on the rental agreement is a good idea, but this will come at a cost. If one person will do the majority of the driving, then it’s worth asking yourself if it is worth naming someone else as well.
It’s also worth noting that it will cost you even more if the extra driver you name is under the age of 25.
As you can see, there are many advantages to planning ahead when it comes to car hire, and doing so should ensure that you can really enjoy your time away. For more travel tips and tricks, check out our social hub or follow us on Twitter @QuestorIns.
Date Created: 27/06/2018