Need to Know this Summer: Car Hire Tips

Apr 05, 2013, 07:15 ET from

LONDON, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

With the busy summer holiday season coming up, leading car hire comparator is urging those hiring vehicles abroad to remember some key car hire facts to ensure they do not find themselves making costly mistakes.

Making sure these boxes are ticked through the car hire process will not just protect customers from hidden costs, but could also save people money while ensuring a stress free trip. The top tips derive from the most common mistakes made by consumers as seen by which include excess insurance and incorrect documentation.

  • Excess Insurance - All car hire companies offer excess insurance policies at collection, but these are often more expensive than when booking in advance with a third party. Collision damage waiver cover can be obtained easily online prior to a trip and in many cases will save you money before you even leave.
  • Car Checks - Car rental providers should check the vehicle's condition with you when you collect but if they don't, insist. Ensure any minor damage to the car's interior or exterior, including chip marks or damaged paintwork, are noted down prior to you taking the vehicle.  
  • Incorrect Documentation and Credit Card - Read the small print and make sure you take all the documents they require or car hire could be refused when you go to collect the vehicle. Furthermore, all car hire suppliers will require you to provide a credit card on collection for deposit purposes. This cannot be a debit card and must be in the lead driver's name.
  • Fuel Policies - Be clear on your fuel policy and stick to it to avoid costly charges. If you regularly hire cars remember that fuel policies differ so check every time.
  • Locally Payable Costs - Items such as Sat Navs and Child Seats will incur costs that can only be paid locally so be prepared to pay a daily rate for these. Also request them when you book, as suppliers often have limited availability.

About provides car rental in 15,000 locations across 115 countries worldwide. The car hire specialist has been operating for over 5 years and partners with dealers in all major tourist destinations, to ensure its customers receive a wide range of vehicle options at the lowest price.