5 Car Hire Pitfalls to Avoid

March, 2017

1. Focusing only on price

Comparing car hire companies is a great way to ensure you get the best deal, but that doesn’t just mean the cheapest option. It’s really important to look at what you're getting for your money. This includes everything from a convenient pick-up point to any added extras and you should always look at the supplier ratings. This will help you have a positive experience from start to finish.

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2. Not taking note of the pick-up location

Some hire cars can be picked up from the airport terminals, while others require a shuttle to get to them. Make sure you are aware of this when booking and make a note of it. Car hire companies listed on Holiday Autos are very helpful at assisting you to get to the pick-up point, but it’s always good to be aware of what the process is.

3. Not refilling the fuel tank if required

Returning a hire car with a partially empty fuel tank when you booked it under a full to full policy can be a costly mistake. The tank will be refilled at a higher rate and you will find this bill coming your way, with an admin fee on top, which is not the best way to end a holiday.

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4. Failing to bring the right documents

The named driver must have their driving license with them when picking up the car, as well as a credit card in their name. Bringing along your partner’s credit card will result in you not getting to leave with your hire car and can lead to some delays in getting your holiday started.

5. Not supplying your flight details

Unfortunately, flights sometimes get delayed and there’s nothing much we can do about it. Hire car companies understand this and if you’re picking a vehicle up from the airport and they have your flight details, they will understand your lateness and can adapt accordingly. Keeping your travel plans to yourself will mean that the supplier will expect you at the designated pick up time regardless of what happens on your way.

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