The essentials to do at the car hire desk

Mercedes1If you intend to hire a car when you jet off on holiday this year, there are plenty of things you’ll need to remember to take with you.

This should mean you can relax and enjoy your holiday, safe in the knowledge that you’re prepared with everything you need!

Firstly, don’t forget the details of your reservation as this will ultimately slow you down at the rental desk if you do not have it to hand.

It’s also helpful to have a contact number for the car hire desk in case something doesn’t go as planned, such as your flight being delayed.

In such instances, it’s best to notify the car rental as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made to ensure that a vehicle is available.

You’ll also need your driving licence and potentially an international driver’s permit, depending on your destination country.

A credit card that matches the name of the main renter is also often needed to cover hire costs and deposits.

If you plan to have an additional driver as part of the car hire too, then they’ll also need their driving licence and any other paperwork.

When you receive your vehicle it’s essential that you check it over thoroughly and note any pre-existing damage or marks.

Take as many photos as possible as these can help should you be involved in a claim. Even if you think marks are relatively minor, it’s still important to write down that they exist.

Some hire firms also have inspection forms that you’ll need to complete – these should be filled out before you drive away.

You’ll also want to ensure that you have adequate insurance cover for your trip – while this is often included in the price of car hire, it is not always fully comprehensive.

One option is to opt for car hire excess insurance which covers the excess payment that would be required should your hire car be damaged or stolen.

The additional cover can provide peace of mind and may cost less than you think. Get a quote today to see how little car hire excess insurance might cost.

Date Created: 24 April 2018

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