- Excess Insurance - All car hire companies offer excess insurance policies at collection, but these are often more expensive than when booking in advance with a third party. Collision damage waiver cover can be obtained easily online prior to a trip and in many cases will save you money before you even leave.
- Car Checks - Car rental providers should check the vehicle's condition with you when you collect but if they don't, insist. Ensure any minor damage to the car's interior or exterior, including chip marks or damaged paintwork, are noted down prior to you taking the vehicle.
- Incorrect Documentation and Credit Card - Read the small print and make sure you take all the documents they require or car hire could be refused when you go to collect the vehicle. Furthermore, all car hire suppliers will require you to provide a credit card on collection for deposit purposes. This cannot be a debit card and must be in the lead driver's name.
- Fuel Policies - Be clear on your fuel policy and stick to it to avoid costly charges. If you regularly hire cars remember that fuel policies differ so check every time.
- Locally Payable Costs - Items such as Sat Navs and Child Seats will incur costs that can only be paid locally so be prepared to pay a daily rate for these. Also request them when you book, as suppliers often have limited availability.
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