Going on holiday is always something to look forward to, however, finding your way around a new city can be difficult. Spending money on taxis quickly eats into your spending money, Uber isn’t always an option, and buses can be difficult to navigate. The easiest solution is to hire your own transport, so you can go wherever you want whenever you want. Here are a few tips to help you save money when you hire a car for your holiday, whether it’s abroad or domestic.
As you must have done with you hotel bookings, the first thing you need to do is shop around and compare the best prices. Although some holiday websites let you hire a car when you book your flight, it doesn’t hurt to look around. Hiring a car direct from a company, such as Enterprise, allows you to use enterprise.com promo codes so you can get discounts on your temporary vehicle. Booking in advance for your car hire can also save you hundreds in spending money, especially if you’re booking abroad. Some places let you book ahead as early as two months.
You might even want to book your holiday based on how cheap it is to hire a vehicle. Family-friendly Spain has the cheapest rates for a seven-day rental, including two child seats and one additional driver. France, on the other hand, is one of the most expensive places in Europe to hire a car.
Buy the basic package
Most car hire companies make all their profits by selling you the add-ons, which are usually absurdly expensive. In particular, ignore pressure to buy their collision damage waiver (CDW) or “super” CDW insurance, which will cover the “excess” not covered by the basic insurance. Instead, it’s a good idea to arrange your own cover independently.
Bring your own extras
Don’t hand over extra money on satnavs and child seats. Instead, save your money by bringing over your own car accessories. Even Google Maps can help you navigate your way around a foreign country, so spending money on a local navigation system is just a huge waste of money.
Always check the terms and conditions
When you get the car, the fuel tank is usually full, but the terms and conditions sneakily say that you should return with the tank empty. If you don’t, you won’t get a refund for unused fuel. This can end up costing you a lot of money if you don’t drive very far during your time away. There can also be sneaky admin fees around fuel policies, for example, a processing fee if it does refund you for unused fuel. So always check the terms and conditions very carefully. The best firms offer ‘return as you found it’ policies, so you only pay for the fuel you use.
Get an all-inclusive package
As stated above, most holiday companies do offer a car as part of a complete package. If it turns out this is the cheapest option, go for it.