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.
It is always a great idea to compare car hire quotes as they can vary enormously. A broker will compare the car hire companies they have available, but here at MoneyMaxim we go further. Our Car Hire Comparison Service compares car hire from many brokers which means you find cheaper car hire quotes faster.
The earlier you book the more likely it is that you will be able to hire the car that fits your needs - this is particularly important if you are looking for a larger car such as a 7-seater. Many car hires come with free cancellation so there is the potential to book another car if a better deal comes along without losing out.
Car Hire Excess Insurance is available through the MoneyMaxim service from just £1.80 a day. Many of the excess waivers at the desk cost around £10-£15 a day so it is easy to see how much you could be saving. Policies are available to cover Worldwide or European rentals on a daily or annual basis. We can also help if you need Collision Damage Waiver or Third Party cover for car hire in the USA or Canada.
Car hire with a 'free additional driver' is not always the cheapest. Some car hires have such a low base price that even with the cost of an additional driver, they still work out cheaper.
Off airport locations are often able to offer lower priced car hire as there are no airport fees. The queues are often shorter too!
Have you considered a limited mileage option? You may be worried that it will be too restrictive but limits can be fairly generous and these packages are often less expensive. Work out roughly how much driving you will be doing before you go to see whether it might work for you.
Save on extras. Adding child seats or a satnav to your car hire can really bump up the price. Consider taking your own car seat (or even buying one there), or installing a navigational app on your phone to cut your car rental costs.
We are on hand to help you with your car hire or car hire insurance. Call us on 0800 520 0699 and we will be delighted to assist you with any queries you may have.