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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.

How to make the most of our car hire search engine

We make it easy to find your ideal car rental

Finding the best car hire for your trip is not just about getting the lowest price. There is no point in hiring a Fiat 500 only to discover that your family of four and all its baggage won’t actually fit. Or hiring an automatic when you would rather drive a manual car. Do you have a credit card? If you don’t then you need to find a car rental that will accept a debit card as not all of them will.

Moneymaxim’s car hire search engine makes tailoring your car hire to fit your needs simple and straightforward. Start with your basic requirements for your rental and then click on our handy filters to narrow down your search to those car hire offers that will be perfect for you.

How to use our car hire search engine

  • Enter your pick-up location and click search. You can use the airport code if you know it (eg LHR for Heathrow). Select the correct location from the drop-down list. This will automatically fill in the drop-off location but you can change this by clicking in the drop-off location box

  • Let us know your pick-up and drop-off dates and times. Don’t forget to leave time for retrieving your luggage and getting through passport control. On the day, if you are running late, contact your car hire company as soon as you land.

  • Then simply fill in your country of residence and the lead driver’s age. The answers to these questions can affect the packages that are available to you.

  • Click Search!

Tailor your car hire

We have a number of filters on your results page which you can use to find your ideal rental car deal. These include:

  • Free cancellation – Choosing a car hire package with free cancellation gives you the option to cancel and rebook should you find a cheaper deal at a later date.

  • Small Deposit – Would you rather not leave a large block on your credit card? If you only have one credit card this may appeal to you.

  • Debit Card – There are many people who do not possess a credit card. Clicking this filter will only show companies that are happy to accept a debit card.

  • On airport – Would you prefer to reserve a car with a company that is based at the airport rather than take a shuttle bus? If you are arriving late at night or have small children you may wish to check this box.

  • Doors – This may be insignificant to some travellers but when you have children and need to install car seats and assist your young people in and out of the car then it may be important to make sure your hire car has easy access to the back seats.

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What do your car hire search results show?

Once you have finished tailoring your search you can browse each size category by clicking on ‘Show Results’. To see each car hire offer in more detail, simply use the ‘View’ button.

Our car hire service removes the stress of comparing many car hire brokers individually by doing it all in one place for you. Your results will show not only which broker it is but also the car hire company that the booking will be through. We also display which model it may be (but do be aware this is normally on an ‘or similar’ basis) and also how much baggage you are likely to be able to fit in the boot of that particular car.

The brokers we compare include our in-house car hire broker Clarify Car Hire. We pride ourselves on offering car hire that is clear and open with what is included, and not to mention an excellent customer service team!

You may notice at the top of your car hire results page (and it will also be pointed out when you click through to car hire deals) that we also show you a comparison of car hire excess insurance deals that can be purchased alongside your car hire. Car hire excess insurance can reimburse you if you are charged any of your excess or if you damage not covered by your collision damage waiver such as your windscreen.