When hiring a car, there are a lot of problems that can arise. If you do not hire a car often, then you may find yourself falling victim to these problems more than once. Trying to cover all of the “pitfalls” would be almost impossible (unless I was writing an novel), but we can cover some of the top ones you should look out for. Hopefully, after reading this, you will be better prepared for the next time you need to rent a car.
Getting Extra Insurance
Everyone loves to save money! Unfortunately, one of the things that people usually choose to go cheap on is insurance. Now this is all well and good if nothing goes wrong. However, if something does happen (and believe me you can’t control everything), you’re going to end up spending a lot of extra money that you did not have to.
When hiring a car, most companies will offer you extra insurance that can actually reduce the amount of liability you have to pay in case of a claim. This is normally called a Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) or sometimes Damage Excess Insurance (DEI). If you get into an accident, you will still have to pay some money out-of-pocket, but it is usually reduced to around £50-£100.
So how much is this magical insurance? It’s actually only around £10 to £12 per day depending on the car. Yes, this can add to the size of your bill, but you may be able to sleep better knowing that you’re protected.
Car Hiring and Fuel Bills
Always read the terms and conditions. Car hire companies have many different policy’s so always ensure you read the terms and conditions which will tell you most things you need to know about, including the fuel policy which can sometimes be a stinger.
The two main Fuel Policy’s tend to be the following:
Pick up full, drop off full
Usually, the fairest policy is one where you are able to pick up the car with a full tank and return it with a full tank. If this is the policy with your car hire, be sure to look for the nearest petrol station to the car hire company as this should be the place you refill the car before returning it. After all, if you fill up 20 minutes away, once you get to the car hire lot, you aren’t going to be full anymore. Doing things this way is usually the simplest way to refill a car, and is normally the cheapest.
Buy a full tank from the Car Rental company
Or you may be asked to buy a full tank of gas from the car rental company. Do bear in mind that this usually works out to be the most expensive option but can sometimes be slightly less hassle as you won’t have to fill the car up before returning it. If you are going to do things this way, you need to check and see what the car rental company’s policies are. Find out what rate they charge. Typically, you will find out that the rates they charge are a bit higher (if not a lot higher) then the local petrol provider.
When it comes to renting a car, I think we’d agree the best option is to pick up full and return the car with a full tank of petrol. Be careful though as typically, if a car hire company feels that there is more room for fuel in the car, then you are going to be hit with a re-fueling charge. Depending on the company, these re-fueling charges can range from a little, to a lot!
Rent in a Package Deal or Not?
When it comes time to renting your car, you have a few options. If you are planning everything out yourself, then you will not be buying a package deal. However, there are some companies that provide “package holidays”, which can include everything from a hotel to a car hire. There are ups and downs to buying this way, so let’s get into it.
First of all, if you buy in a package deal, you can rest assured that you are covered by ABTA. That is because the holiday providers are regulated by this group. Some people will pay any amount of money to have this extra protection.
On the other hand, if you do choose to buy a package deal, you may not be getting the best price. For example, if you only need to rent a car for a few days, a package deal may not work. Many providers only rent out cars for a “week-long” block. Not only that, but a lot of theses companies form partnerships with certain companies. This means, you will only be able to choose a car from certain car hire operators. That being said, these car hire operators may not have the car you want, and they may not necessarily be the cheapest.
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