Going away for more than a few days? It can make sense to hire a car, instead of relying on expensive taxis and airport transfers whilst you are away. Car hire can give you the freedom to explore a place at your own pace and not be as expensive as you think.
From personal experience and research online, here are the top 4 ways to save money online when hiring a care abroad:
Always book your car hire early online
It may seem obvious, but the further you book up front, the cheaper the rental cost. Aim for at least a week in advance.
Use car providers comparison sites
Watch out for high fuel charges
Car hire companies can charge you a pre-paid full tank at a premium rate and if you don’t use it all, you lose the money. The better firms can offer you “pay what you use” policy or just bring back the petrol as a full tank, which can work out cheaper.
Think carefully about car hire insurance
Booking car rental insurance separately from a standalone provider can be the way to go, often finding insurance from £3/day. Sometimes, your current car insurance package or your credit card can cover car rentals. These policies work out by you paying any damages and then reclaiming the money back from the excess insurer.
Personal experience – On a trip to Lanzarote, The Canary Islands, we booked our car hire online upfront and insurance a month before and paid just £12.80 a day (over 40% saving a day). For other Travel tips, click here
Any car hire tips you have, please share. Bon Voyage!