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Useful Car Rental Tips!
Probably the easiest task in planning that well-earned holiday is arranging the actual trip itself. It’s the extras, like travel insurance, baggage surcharges and car hire that can cause the grief. You need to ensure that you are aware of what is covered in the cost of your rental and what is not. We will go through some useful information to note when booking a cheap car hire package.
Car hire excess
Car hire excess also known as Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) – Many customer expect their car hire package to cover them for basics like theft or damage to the rental. Typically the package will cover these essentials however, there may be a high excess amount. The excess is the amount the you must pay upfront before the insurance company covers the cost of the claim. Some items, like damage to windscreens and tyres are generally not covered. To ensure that you are covered for every possibility, you should purchase a car hire excess policy before hand.
Inspect the rental
Request that the car hire agent examines the car when you hand back the keys to confirm that it is in good condition. Please note if you have caused damage to the vehicle, take photographs for your own records.
Book in advance
To get a maximum discount, it is always advisable to book your car a few months in advance rather than booking on the day you travel. We suggest you consider looking at both large and small rentals. Mini’s and compacts are not always the cheapest deal as they are in such high demand.
Bring your own extra’s
Again, savvy customers should avoid niggling extras like sat-nav’s or child seats by simply bringing their own. It is always advisable to consider extras in advance. Typically, these extras may include: child booster seats, snow chains/, sat-nav equipment, roof rack for luggage/skies, etc
One of the most costly options in a rent a car agreement is the terms relating to fuel, particularly if you are taking the car for a long period of time. The main types of fuel policies are as follows:
1. You collect the car with a full tank and return it full:
This policy allows you to keep control of the cost of your fuel by allowing you to refill the tank yourself before returning the car. This is usually cheaper than allowing the rental agency to charge for a full tank, as they may not offer you a competitive price per litre. Sometimes you may be offered the option of collecting the rental with a half or quarter tank of fuel, to be returned with the same level of fuel.
2. You collect the rental with a full tank but return it empty:
As explained above, this may be a more expensive option as you are likely to find cheaper fuel than the price per litre the car rental agencies typically charge. However, this option may suit the busy business executive who does not want the hassle of driving around looking for a garage. Another downside with this fuel policy is that you do not get a credit for any fuel left in the tank. Be careful of hidden charges.
Documentation, opt for the email version rather that requesting documents to be sent out in the post, as this will save on additional postage fees. When you purchase a car rental, your documentation / voucher can be printed off, amended and cancelled online. The email will go through all the necessary details about the pick-up process, in particular, the items you will need to have at the rental desk before the keys are handed over. You can also call customer support to confirm details, this phone number will be on the email.
1. Do not forget to bring your own credit card – make sure it is one of the major cards that the rental agency accepts.
2. Your driving licence – it is important to be aware that your licence cannot be a provisional/learner and should contain no serious endorsements. You should also have had the licence for at least one year.
3. Other important documents include; car hire excess policy/CDW documents, car hire voucher/document and a valid passport.