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Vehicle hire excess and travel insurance specialist Questor Insurance highlights figures which show that drivers hiring a car on holiday could be hit with more than £500 in car hire extras.

An investigation carried out by the MailOnline revealed that add-on fees could see the cost of a two-week rental double, putting a substantial dent in holidaymakers’ budgets.

A family with young children could face having to stump up hundreds of pounds in fees to include features such as a child seat or add an extra driver as part of their car rental.

Calculating the total cost of a child booster seat, a child car seat, an extra driver, extra insurance and a sat nav for a two-week hire of a Ford Focus, or similar model, in Alicante from July 27 that drivers could see their car hire bill spiral by between £508 and £592.

The investigation also pointed to the fact that car hire insurance bought directly from rental companies can also add an extra £130 to £275 to the cost of the above trip – with car hire excess charges – the amount drivers pay towards a claim - costing as much as £2,000.

With these figures in mind, Questor Insurance offers some top tips for saving on your car hire costs.

Buy car hire excess insurance in advance: Buying in advance will mean that your excess costs will be covered to a pre-specified limit. Car hire excess insurance will also normally include excess costs for your car’s tyres, windscreen and under body as standard.

Bring your own: If you have a sat nav or car seat at home, bringing these along on your trip could make you instant savings.

Fuel: Be aware that car hire companies may charge you for any fuel you have remaining in your tank, so it is important to use the whole tank before returning your vehicle.

Inspect your car: Before you sign your rental agreement ensure that you look for any visible signs of damage to your vehicle, so that your car hire company can’t penalise you for these.

Commenting, Questor Insurance CEO Andrew Lawrence, said: “Drivers should read the terms of their rental agreement carefully to ensure that they are not stung by any additional or hidden car hire costs.

“There are a number of steps drivers can take to avoid these charges, including finding the best deal on their car hire excess insurance before they set off.”

Buy your car hire excess insurance at Questor today.

Questor Insurance’s ‘Be Holiday Savvy’ campaign is running from June to September and will provide travellers with a wealth of handy hints and tips to make the process of planning and executing their foreign holiday that much smoother.


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