Watch out for car hire excesses
Excesses can be ferociously expensive and hire companies will offer you the opportunity to reduce that figure by paying an additional daily supplement - known as additional liability insurance, a collision damage waiver or theft protection - which can significantly bump up the total cost of hiring the carRachel England, journalist
How can we help you with car hire today?
With the help of weholiday.co.uk you can find a great deal on car hire at thousands of destinations worldwide, looking at the factors which matter most to you, and with the ability to choose between airport and city pick-ups.
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If you click the 'Get Prices' button above, our quick-and-easy form will ask you to input your chosen car pick-up point, pick-up date and time, and drop-off date and time.
Our search results will then present the options which you can refine by car class - mini, economy compact, intermediate, standard, premium, full-size and luxury.
You can also refine the options to specify the number of doors, if you require a passenger van, an estate (wagon) or convertible, and whether or not you want air conditioning and a manual or automatic gearbox.
The results display an image of a typical car from the named class with a brief description of the deal and the price.
When you see an option you like, you can click on the 'show important information' button to see a more detailed description of the package showing what's included in the price, optional extras and fees, deposit and payment requirements, fuel policies, pick-up and drop-off rules, driver requirements and other key terms and conditions.
Did you know...?
- Some companies won't give an exact indication of the excesses you're liable for until you've made a payment and arrived at the hire station
- In North America it's illegal in some states to have opened containers of alcohol anywhere in your vehicle
- In Spain failure to carry a reflective hazard triangle will be met with an on-the-spot fine
- In France it's mandatory for all motorists to carry an unused breathalyser kit meeting French specifications
You can then choose to proceed and buy online, or there's the opportunity to purchase over the telephone, something you may have to do if you're booking car hire at the last minute.
If you're struggling with the options, you'll see a phone number you can call for help, plus links to a 'contact us' page.
You can also try Gocompare.com's guide pages, where you'll find the answers to more frequently asked questions.
Our guides provide help with the different types of vehicles available and on additional requirements to consider such as fuelling options, child seats, air conditioning, additional drivers, breakdown cover, sat-nav, driving across borders, and whether to choose a manual or automatic car.
Read more about whether to consider booking your car with your holiday, pick-up and drop-offs, mileage limits, driving licences, passports, why you may require a credit card to hire a car, excesses, inspections and insurance, and see if you find our guide to driving abroad to be of use.