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Advice For Those Who Wish To Hire A Car

Mar 1, 2008
Hiring a car can be a troublesome experience at the best of times, with so much paperwork and elements to consider it is often an arduous process before you have even picked up the keys. The best advice when visiting a car hire company is to get a clear idea of what you want from your hire car.

Cost of course is factor when considering car hire, often however the cheapest price rarely collates to the best deal. Considering what type of car you need and what facilities it should include is vital, for instance if it is going to be hot and humid, a car with air conditioning is essential. Also if you happen to drive an automatic car, there is little point in receiving a manual transmission from the car hire company.

Looking for the best deal must include a multi faceted approach. While the initial outlay may be small and could be considered a bargain; find out about a car hire company's charges for mileage prices and late return fines that may be a factor. If you are stickler for price, it is often worth finding a car hire office away from built up areas and airports as often a surcharge is applicable at busier destinations.

When at the car hire desk, consider who will be using the car besides yourself. What is the reason for your trip, for instance a business trip will require a different car than a family holiday. The amount of luggage as well as the number of people in your party should also be a major consideration.

If travelling with small children, your hire car package should include a booster seat; especially across Europe that now has legislation on this issue with all children under one and a half metres being required to have a child seat by law. Local legal requirements should always be understood fully before embarking on any trip.

When at the car hire desk you will be offered all manner of insurance packages for your journey. These include collision, loss and liability insurance at a premium on top of the price already paid. At this point it is worth checking if your credit card contains any of the coverage as it may be a cost that can be avoided.

When picking up your hire car it is understandable that you just want to pick up the keys and head off, especially after a long flight. There are however certain things that should be checked over before you drive away. Carefully check all around the car for small dents or scratches, if you do find some alert a representative of the car hire company. If you do not, you may find yourself liable on your return.

Ensure you open the trunk and check for a spare tyre, jack and all the other accoutrements that are needed in case of a break down. It can be a nightmare not being able to replace a flat tyre if you need to get where you are going in a hurry. Also ask the car hire company for an extra key, most will supply one and for those of us that are somewhat forgetful, it can be a lifesaver.

Make sure to return the hire car on time, charges for being late can be expensive. Also it is vital to fill the car with fuel before you return it to the company as the charges for fuel once the car has been returned can be extortionate. Here your checks you made before embarkation will stand you in good stead if the company attempt to charge you for any scratches that you did not cause.

If you follow this advice there is no reason that your hire car experience will not be trouble free. Of course there will always be lots of paperwork before you can pick up the keys, but preparation is essential. Make sure you have all the necessary documentation and you should be on your way in no time.
About the Author
Travel expert Thomas Pretty looks into what considerations must be made when utilising a car hire company. To find out more please visit http://www.budget.co.uk/
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