Top Tips For Hiring A Car Abroad

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.

To enter simply @etjourney and @icarhire on Twitter with the text ‘I want to win the Sat Nav’! The winner will be chosen at random on 8th April and announced via Twitter. Good Luck!






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23 Responses to Top Tips For Hiring A Car Abroad

  1. Thomas Rich 20 November, 2019 at 5:41 am #

    This is some really good information. It is good to know that you should look for an authorized company. It does seem like that would make it more likely that you have a good experience.

  2. Bet 25 March, 2019 at 4:44 pm #

    Hey, great article, Beth! I’m going to rent a car abroad for the first time and I’m very new to all of this. Great article for my research :)

  3. Marshall Brown 6 December, 2018 at 11:40 am #

    Thanks for the awesome tips and we can also hire a taxi driver too he will charge less if we hire him for many days.
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  4. Jack Brown 16 October, 2018 at 8:49 am #

    Hi, this is a great article. I am travelling to Icelnad and am looking for a company that offer excess waiver insurance that include SAAP and GP in Iceland. Can anyone recommend?”

  5. Andrew Powell 18 April, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

    It’s a really great tip. I like your tip. Your information is very helpful for the people. Thank you for share such post.
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  9. babu 17 June, 2017 at 7:17 am #

    These are wonderful tips. I’ve only rented a car Auto Repair Shop Marketing Company once and that was sooo long ago. I would if I went abroad with my brother, we haven’t been yet!

  10. Emran 15 June, 2017 at 8:51 pm #

    Your dad is too cute! That’s awesome. That happened to me and a few of our neighbors when I lived in a really bad part of town. I got one side taken care of but there is still a scratch on my other side. Oh well. Glad you got it taken care of on the cheap.

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  12. Gokhan Degirmenci 4 July, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    Checking for existing damages is a must because it happens most of the times that people don’t check for damages at the first place and sometimes supervisor who checks damages missed it and at the time of return they are being charged for the damages, which actually caused by someone else. So, whoever rents a car whether in their own country or abroad, should definitely check for any damages done to the car before renting it, otherwise they’ll have to pay for a sin which they’ve never done.

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  14. Stan Kirchner 11 February, 2016 at 3:46 pm #

    Thanks! It’s a great pleasure to read such detailed and well-written guide.
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    As for me, short- or long-term car rental looks more attractive – it is relatively cheaper and the car is always available you don’t need to wait until taxi arrives or “catching” a car.

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