Renting a car is the most convenient and often the most cost-effective way of getting around when you are on holiday or when you just need a car for a short time. With the many options available from car rental companies, some people find the process confusing and unnecessarily complicated.
Most car rental companies divide their available fleet of rental cars into categories ranging from small, budget cars to more upmarket, luxury models. The various categories are priced accordingly, with the smaller model cars being the least expensive.
The type of car included in the budget class includes cars similar to the Toyota Aygo, Economy class cars may include the Ford Fiesta and an intermediate car may include the Toyota Avensis or similar. Each rental company will have their own make and model stocks.
Rental Terms and Insurance
Cars may be hired for any time period from one day upwards. Many rental companies stipulate a pickup and drop off time which may run from noon to noon. If you need the car during different periods, discuss this with the rental company as there may be wiggle room or you may be able to negotiate more suitable timings. Generally, the longer your hire period the cheaper the daily rate.
Insurances included within the terms of hire are normally Collision Damage Waiver with Theft Protection included, Third Party liability and the road fund licence. The company you choose for your rental will explain fully what their particular rental terms include and whether or not there is an excess and how much this is likely to be in the event of an accident.
With many rental companies having branches across the country, you will also have the option to pick the car up from one location and drop it off at another. There may be a surcharge since the rental company will need to relocate the car back to their original branch site.
Most hire companies will require you to pay by credit card rather than debit card. Some will require credit card details, but will allow a debit card payment on return of the car. The credit card requirement is an insurance for the rental company as it allows them to claim payment from the card should you default in any way from the rental terms. It is sometimes possible to hire a car without a credit card depending on the rental company`s particular policies.
Prices vary considerably across the board for car hire and the only way to get the best deal is to shop around and compare prices. As you compare, do not forget to also take note of the rental terms and conditions as cheaper hire options may not include some services or insurances that you require. If you are in any doubt at all, speak to the rental agency and ask them to clarify their terms, or explain your own particular needs if it seems they are not covered. Companies such as www.121carhire.com take the headache out of sifting through different terms and conditions by providing all the relevant details in one place.