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Sally Wilson

Sally is a key member of the MoneyMaxim editorial team. She is a frequent hire-car user and often goes on holiday with her family. With an interest in getting great value for money, Sally shares her hints and tips for travelling and insurance.

Looking to save money on your car hire - 7 Top Tips

We help you find a great deal on your next car hire

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Book early. Choose a car hire with free cancellation so, if prices drop, you can change car hire provider without losing out.

Book Early Airport fees can push the cost of a car hire up. If you are prepared to - book an off airport supplier. Shuttle buses to these suppliers run regularly from the airport and are almost always free.

Shop Around Shop around for the best car hire deal. With lots of competition there are many great offers available. The car hire comparison service here at MoneyMaxim helps you compare offers at a glance.

Buy Car Hire Excess InsuranceConsider buying independent car hire excess insurance before you go. It could save you a huge amount compared with what is offered at the car hire desk. Daily policies start at just £1.80, annual policies are available at less than £33.

Take Your Own Extras The cost of car hire extras can really add up. Install an app on your phone or take a map to avoid paying out for the hire of a gps. Child seats can be particularly expensive. If you can take one with you, or even buy a cheap one from a hypermarket when you get there, you can save pounds!

Fair Fuel Policy Look for a car hire with a fair fuel policy. That means full to full or empty to empty. You don't want to be paying for fuel that you do not use.

Mileage Deals Matter Mileage deals can work in your favour. If you are only using the car to drive you to and from the airport, a limited mileage deal can bring the cost of your car hire down. On the other hand, if you intend to do a lot of driving, don't get caught in a limited mileage deal, as any miles you do over your limit will be expensive.

Want more tips? - See Don’t spend hundreds of pounds too much on car hire!