Here are 6 tips to follow to help you make the best decision when you choose your car hire abroad:

  1. Get the right-size hire car
    Not being able to fit in that pushchair, or even adding an extra bag costs on average £120 in upgrades and admin fees.  Larger family vehicle upgrades can set you back as much as £500.  It’s worth using the iCarhireinsurance.com free widget to check that the car(s) you are looking at fit your requirements.
  2. Book early
    A recent survey revealed that the price of a holiday hire car in August was £150 less if booked in March than if it was booked in May.  Shop around and pay in advanced also.  Make use of online price comparison tools and check the suppliers own website for their buy online price.  It’s even worth dropping them a call to see if they can offer a better price over the phone.  Sometimes call centres have access to the best prices.
  3. Shop around for car hire excess insurance
    Car hire companies can charge up to £20 per day depending on the size and value of the car you have chosen.  This protects you from having to pay for the first part of any claim if the car is damaged or stolen.  This can be as much as £2,000 and often their waivers leave you exposed for damaged to parts like the windscreen, tyres or even the undercarriage.  Purchasing a standalone policy from £2.99, or £39.99 a year saves you approximately £120 on a week’s holiday.  If you go travelling more than once a year, an annual policy would save you even more money.
  4. One driver
    Sharing the driving increases the cost.  By adding a named driver onto your car rental agreement can set you back as much as £10 per day.  If that driver is under the age of 25, this could cost you as much as £25 per day.  If one of you can do all of the driving, this will prevent you from double your bill.
  5. Say no to SatNav
    Hiring a SatNav with your rental car can cost up to £100 for one week.  Often this cost is not even disclosed to you when you make your booking.  If you already own a SatNav, it is usually cheaper to upgrade to European mapping and taking it with you.  Another alternative is to get a SatNav app for your smart phone.
  6. Use your own child seat
    Renting a car seat for your child with your hire car can cost as much as £75 for a week.  And recent research carried out by YouGov found that many parents are concerned about the condition of these car seats provided.  If you take your own car seat for your child you will only have to pay the excess baggage fee.

These tips for saving money on car hire next time you go abroad were provided by Barrie who works for iCarhireinsurance.com – providers of car hire excess insurance that protects you against car rental excess charges.