Renting a car for a holiday is easy, right? You just arrive at your destination and head to the rental car company desk at the airport and rent a vehicle. Well, actually it may not be as easy as it sounds, as there may be many pitfalls. Luckily we have some top tips for hiring a car, along with hire car excess insurance, to help you get the most out of the experience and perhaps save some money.
Book your rental car in advance along with insurance
One way that you may be able to save money when hiring a car for a holiday is to book your rental vehicle well in advance of your trip.
In some cases you may be able to save hundreds of pounds by booking early; this may also apply to peak holiday periods too, when rental cars are typically in higher demand.
When booking a rental vehicle in advance you may also wish to buy standalone rental car excess insurance. Insurance does not have to be taken from the rental company and a standalone insurance provider may typically offer insurance with more competitive premiums, not to mention comprehensive cover.
Avoid the extras offered by the rental company
The majority of car rental companies generally try to get as much money out of people as they can. There are many extras that may boost the bill up for renting a vehicle, for instance:
- the rental company may offer you hire car excess insurance along with the vehicle you rent. In some cases this may add £100 or more onto the cost. Standalone insurance is typically more competitively priced;
- a roof rack may boost the cost of hiring up by between £35 and £100, depending on which part of the world you visit;
- if you require a sat-nav in the vehicle you may expect to pay between £70 and in excess of £100 – so take your own;
- a child seat may cost you between £50 and more than £100, depending on the country you visit.
Car excess insurance tips
Car excess insurance reimburses the excess charges, if you have to make a claim on the rental car insurance. However, there are some things to bear in mind when taking a policy out:
- when taking out excess insurance you may want to ensure that you have a copy of the documents on your tablet and take it with you when you travel;
- avoid pressure sales when hiring the vehicle, such as the rental company telling you the standalone insurance isn’t recognised in the country you are travelling to;
- you generally have to pay a deposit at the rental desk; this is typically an authorised deduction from your credit card, to cover any excess if needed. However, this money may be claimed back from your standalone policy.
As you might have now realised, car rental may not be as cut and dried as you first thought. However, hopefully our tips for hiring a rental car along with taking out hire car excess insurance have helped you.