Is car hire a viable alternative to transfers?

Holiday transferIf you’re planning to jet off on holiday in the coming months, you’ll probably want to do all you can to keep the costs down, especially when it comes to airport transfers.

This is especially the case if you’re staying in a resort that is a considerable distance from a major airport, as the costs of transfers can quickly add up.

It’s in such a situation that hiring a vehicle for the duration of your trip may actually be a cheaper option, but you still need to be careful.

There are a number of factors to consider as we’ve detailed here, and you should always question whether a deal is as good as it seems.

What to consider with car hire

  1. When travelling out of season, the cost of car hire is often lower as more vehicles are available, potentially making it a more viable option when compared to airport transfer.
  2. Booking in advance may also yield a cheaper deal, as could opting for a different class of hire car (for example, a smaller vehicle could have a similar boot size to a class above it, yet cost significantly less).
  3. Another major advantage of having a hire car for your holiday is the flexibility and freedom it provides to explore your chosen destination.
  4. In order to get a low-cost deal, you should also be watchful of any added extras, as they can quickly cause the cost of your car hire to increase.

A key question to ask is whether the deal you see includes everything that you need it to – it’s therefore vital that you do your research.

Don’t forget the insurance cover

You should also consider what level of insurance cover is provided with any car hire deal, as the standard cover could be limited, or may not cover all types of damage.

Car hire excess insurance, an additional extra, may prove useful in such a situation as you can cover the excess amount you would need to pay should your hire car be damaged or stolen.

Without such cover, you could be liable for any issues that arise during the time when you have the vehicle, and depending on how serious those issues are, they could amount to hundreds or even thousands of pounds.

It’s important to note here that you would still need to pay the excess in the event of a claim, although you would then be able to claim it back using the car hire excess policy. To find out more on how this works, take a look at our guide – what is car hire excess

Date Created: 27/03/2019

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