Get the best from holiday car hire
Guest Post: January 2013
Get the best from holiday car hire.
Many holiday visitors to the Greek islands and elsewhere will agree that holiday car hire is a must if you want to see all the sights at your own convenience and keep down the costs. Taxis can be prohibitively expensive and few holidaymakers appreciate that public transport, although cheap, usually exists to serve the needs of locals, not tourists
Hiring a car when you go on holiday can be the perfect way to get to see all those hard to reach places where public transport never goes and you can do it in your own time too.
Getting the best car hire deals requires a little effort but it's well worth it if you want a good, cheap car hire deal for that annual getaway holiday abroad.
This is where a company that provides good car rental services can really come into its own. A comparison search engine website like Car Rental Fairy is just such a site.
When you arrive at your destination, tired from your flight, you don't need the hassle of trying to find a good local car rental deal, haggling over prices and having to check all the small print to make sure you and your family are not saddled with those hidden extras that boost the headline price.
How much better to find a website that can compare car hire deals automatically for you by searching offers from reputable firms in your chosen holiday resort.
Car Hire Fairy checks out car rental offers from around 550 suppliers at 28,000 worldwide locations. Reputable car rental firms include Sixt, Alamo, Budget, Avis, Payless, Thrifty, Dollar, Enterprise, National and Europcar.
Here are some good reasons for choosing a hire car deal online and a few tips on getting the best out of your holiday car rental deal:
A perfect comparison is often impossible as few car hire firms will guarantee the exact make or model but you can narrow down the range to the big variables such as engine size, number of doors and and fuel type.
Always check out any "excess waiver" charges — the extra you pay to cover the first few hundred pounds of any repair bill. The amount covered and the premium you pay can vary hugely. Car hire rental rates at Car Hire Fairy can include collision damage waiver, vehicle theft waiver and liability insurance.
Although the rate that you see on Car Hire Fairy is the rate you pay, always cost in any additional fees, for example, adding extra drivers or renting child seats. The extras, no matter how small, can quickly add up.
ALways get the car back in good time. There can be hefty fees for late drop-offs and always be wary of any early-return fees if you drop off the hire car before the end of the rental period.
Take care with requests to pay up front for a full fuel tank. You could be paying for premium price petrol and will waste your money if you don't use it all. If you hire a car with a full tank always remember to refuel at the end of the hire period or you may get a hefty surcharge on your credit card.
If unlimited mileage is not included in the deal make sure extra mileage charges won't bump up the final bill. Car Hire Fairy deals can include unlimited mileage, local VAT charges, road tax and beak-down assist.
Hiring a car for your holiday is a terrific idea if you want the freedom explore. As long as you take a little time to prepare, check out the special offers and avoid the pitfalls you should fin that hiring a car was the biggest bonus when it came to getting the best out of your holiday.