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How To Choose The Perfect Car Hire Company

Jul 15, 2008
The process of hiring a car is not always easy, reams of paperwork are often involved that can leave you weary before you have even climbed into the car for your onward journey. To help those that are lost at the car hire desk, here are a few tips that will help you get the best from your experience.

Of fundamental importance is to book your hire car in advance. By booking well before the date of use you can save yourself a great deal of money. There are a few companies out there who will have no qualms with charging more for a car if demand at the time is high. Subsequently by booking in advance, by at least a week, you will guarantee the price you are paying. In addition, advance booking brings the benefit of preferential rates; it may mean securing the hire car months in advance, but for a cheaper price this will ultimately be worthwhile. It is also important to take the company's cancellation security just in case your trip falls through.

Choosing the right car hire company can be difficult. There are a number of factors that should be instrumental in your choice. The first consideration are the rates that you will have to pay, also, you should consider the vehicles that will be available as well as any additional services that may apply. Whilst most people will be tempted to always take the cheapest price this is not always the best course of action to follow; if the price is too low, chances are that the service you receive will not be great. If you use hire cars regularly, it may also be worth looking at companies that offer frequent user discounts. In term of availability the range of cars offered by companies are pretty generic although if you are after a specific model you may be restricted to a few companies.

As previously stated, the service you receive is important. Finding a company that gives you a great service will lead to a great hire experience. If you have previously used a company and liked the service you received you may want to use them subsequently. Using the internet to research companies is often the best advice; the number of forums discussing services gives you a resource that reviews a variety of different services. For those technophobes the best way to research a car hire company is to rely upon personal recommendations; remember however that people's experiences do differ so this form of research can at times be troublesome.

When you are at the car hire outlet it is usually the case that you will be presented with many different additional services that of course, come at a premium. Knowing which of these services are essential can be difficult. It is important at this stage to take care and comprehensively understand all of the additional extras that you will be paying for. You should consider whether you actually need them and whether or not they are worth the extra cost.

By using this advice you should be able to find a car hire service that suits your needs perfectly. Finding a company that provides the balance between price and performance is essential. By researching extensively this should become a reality and provide you with an experience that is both enjoyable and rewarding.
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Travel expert Thomas Pretty advises how to find the car hire company that meets your needs perfectly.
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