Car Hire Tips

As car rental prices go on rising and making renting a car a costly process, leading car hire price comparison website is helping travellers with a range of advice on getting the best value for money by avoiding excessive extra costs. has put together the below tips to help people avoid costly car hire excess charges:

Credit Card Requirement – When hiring a vehicle it is important to keep a credit card with you with the main, named driver’s name on. The majority of companies will not accept a credit card with the name of a passenger on, it must be one belonging to the main driver.

Excess Insurance – There are many hidden high excess charges on car rental insurance policies, and a good way to avoid this is by having an excess charge insurance policy from a third party supplier. A Collision Damage Excess Waiver insurance policy can hugely reduce the chances of paying high costs. has available Collision Damage Excess Waiver policies from Questor Insurance for only £3.99 a day.

Border Charges – Many rental companies will often for driving a rental car over another country’s border, so always check with the rental company to see if there is a charge levied by the rental supplier.

One Way Rentals – Any driver who wants to take a car on a one way hire should always check with the provider, as it can be up to £300. Contact the rental company and ask them how much they might charge as an extra charge for a one way car rental.

Out of Hours – Car hire collection offices in smaller countries can operate unusual business hours, particularly if they are not based in airports. So people who want to pick up their car in a smaller place at an unusual hour should watch out for extra charges being levied for picking up a car out of hours

Fuel Policies – There are usually three main kinds of fuel policy, these being: returning the car with a full tank of fuel, the hirer paying for the fuel they used and picking up the car with a full tank of fuel and taking it back empty. This last one is where the charges can really rack up however, with many companies charging up to 40% above the pump price for fuel.

Child Seats – Child seats are usually available but they can be expensive, up to £60 per week in many cases. So one tip to reduce expenditure, if luggage allowance permits it, is to take a child seat with you from home.

The car hire tips are included in the company’s ‘Raising the Standard’ campaign, where the company calls for more fairness and transparency in the travel sector. For further information on Raising the Standard or to use the forum, read the blog or to get travel advice papers, visit Raising the Standard. compares car hire deals from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, easyCar, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 9,000 locations worldwide.

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