Where to book – car rental own sites or through third parties? Pay in advance or on arrival? Some countries are more expensive for car hire. Spain is cheapest, Croatia nearly double Spain. Book in advance – at present, prices are going up for peak season
Size - make sure you rent the right size for your group including luggage. Children’s seats and equipment can take up a lot of space.
The true cost – what determines the price? Watch out for extras, insurance, additional drivers, tolls and fuel costs. On airport charges against off airport charges.
Portugal introduced barrier free tolling last year and it is causing problems. Most rental companies are now supplying an in-car toll tag and charging back to your card for fees. If you don’t pay the tolls, which can only be paid in post offices or payzone type shops, you will be fined…..
Excess Insurance, should you take it or not? Carhireexcess.ie
Check the condition before you drive off. Biggest complaint from consumers is being charged for damage they never did. It is impossible to prove after the fact. Take photos and try and return a car during working hours so it is checked before you leave the renters. If not, take more photos.
Debit card or credit card – It is virtually impossible to rent a car with a debit card. A lot more people are now using debit cards, particularly the new Visa Debit card and virtually all car hire firms want a credit card to cover any damage or extras.
There is one company in the UK, Indigo Car Hire that deals with rental companies across Europe that accept debit cards
Phone for a quote on 0044-113 289 9279, indigocarhire.co.uk.