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Tips To Get a Discounted Rental Car

Apr 2, 2008
Car hire is a popular means of transport in Spain, not only for frequent travellers or people who have their own vehicle in the garage, but especially for people on holiday in Spain. At many airports in Spain you will find a desk of multinational companies like Avis, Hertz, National or Europcar in the terminal building. But at popular tourist destinations like Malaga, Alicante, Almeria, Valencia, Gerona, airports on the Balearic Islands (Mallorca or Ibiza) and also on the Canaries (Tenerife, Gran Canaria etc.) you will also find a choice of local car hire companies with a similar philosophy as the low-cost airlines offering cheap all inclusive car rental prices. Amongst these car hire companies in Spain you will find names like Auriga Crown Car Hire, Sol Mar Rent a Car, Centauro Rent a Car, Record and several other companies, depending on your travel destination in Spain.

An important consideration, aside from the type of car you would like to rent, is the optional insurance coverage, also called CDW (Collision Damage Waiver). This service, which is relatively inexpensive, will cover any damages to the vehicle. Generally, if insurance is not purchased, the customer may be held financially responsible for any damages that occur with the car during the rental period stated on the rental agreement. Unlike the multinationals most local car hire company offer a fully inclusive insurance (CDW) without excess, which means that you do not have financial liability in case of an accident or damage to the rental vehicle. If the insurance does include an excess consider that, while on the road, anything can happen. Insurance coverage is often the only link between a holiday with complete peace of mind or considerable additional expenses in case of damages to the car or an accident.

Although rental agreements generally include unlimited mileage, there are still agencies offering rental cars with mileage limits. Normally there is a fee to be paid if a certain amount of kilometres has been exceeded. But, as said before, in Spain unlimited mileage is usually included in the rental price.

Car rental companies in Spain will usually deliver a vehicle that is filled with fuel, although this may vary depending on the location as local car hire stations do sometimes not have a facility close by to fill up the vehicles returned by previous customers. When vehicles are returned to the car hire agency, some expect that you take care of refilling the fuel tankv your self, whilst others may request you to return the car with an empty tank when you sign the rental agreement.

In addition, all rental vehicles have to be returned at a specified time of day or the client may incur a late return fee which usually is the amount corresponding to one extra rental day. It is important to notify the car hire company if there is an unforeseen delay in the return or the rental car.

In order to rent a car in Spain, most companies require the customer to provide a valid credit card in order to confirm the booking. In some cases, the credit card is not actually charged until the rental period expires on the date specified in the rental agreement. Please note that if a client is not able to provide a valid credit card on the drivers name at the pickup of the vehicle some rental companies in Spain will refuse to deliver the car.
About the Author
spain-travel-car.com is a popular car rental booking engine founded by Rudi van der Zalm. The site aims to help you find cheap car hire in Spain and other popular holiday destinations in Europe. Visit www.spain-travel-car.com for the latest information on low-cost car hire in Spain.
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