On our travels we often have to rent some form of transport to get around. In some places this is as simple as handing over a few quid and off you go, but in Europe the rules are much stricter collision damage waivers and excess policies can all get a bit confusing, so here’s our top tips for hiring a car abroad…
1) Book In Advance
Booking in advance for car hire abroad can save £100s. If you book off-peak when demand’s tiny, you can drive down costs.
2) Check The Fuel Policy
Returning the car with an empty fuel tank can often lead to much higher charges than if you’d refilled the tank at the petrol station. But be sure to check what rate the fuel is charged at, in the UK we have known the car hire company to offer a lower rate than the local petrol station!
3) Buy Cover Before You Go Abroad
Companies like I Car Hire Insurance offer one off insurance on rentals cars worldwide. This means you can organise the whole cover from the comfort of your home before you jet off on holiday, so you can take the time to understand what you’re covered for.
As a rough rule of thumb, if you book car hire more than once a year, you’re better off getting an annual excess insurance policy. Typically, if you’re going away for more than two weeks, an annual policy will also be cheaper.
4) Get A Standalone Excess Policy
When you collect your car, hire firms often say: “Without our excess insurance, you’ll pay huge for a scratch.” This insurance can be £25/day – don’t do it. Instead, look to get an excess policy from a standalone provider for as little as £2/day.
5) Take Your Own Sat Nav
Car hire firms in the UK and abroad charge extortionate amounts to rent sat navs by the day, and as you usually have no idea where you’re going, it’s useful to have a navigation system. So make sure you take one with you with pre-loaded maps for your destination. Don’t have a sat nav? Simply enter our competition below and you could win yourself a brand new Tomtom…
We’re giving away a Tomtom Start 25 5-inch Sat Nav complete with lifetimes maps of the whole of Europe. This means you can use it in the UK and for all those European holidays on the continent.