There are so many car hire companies in Spain, but where do you start? Here are some ideas and tips on how to choose your company for Car Hire in Spain.
Do your research, get some quotes and compare them. You can always get the cheapest quote and go to another company to ask them if they can beat it. Most prices are negotiable and companies are willing to lower their prices a little to get your business.
Back to basics
Car hire companies have add-ons at extra cost to you. There is always extra insurance available for you to buy but check if you really need it before you buy. If you can, you should buy the basic package and resist the temptation of added extras.
BYO (bring your own) accessories
Hiring sat-navs and car-seats for children can bump the basic price up massively. If you possibly can bring your own with you and you could save a substantial amount, it can be from £50 (about 63 euros) and upwards for one child’s car-seat for one week!
Check the fuel policy
Different car hire companies in Spain have different fuel policies. So many people are caught out by this, so please make sure you read up on the policy of your company of choice. There can be huge surcharges if you don’t return the car with the correct amount of fuel, stated in the agreement.
Note any damage
Check the car thoroughly before you leave the hire place. Make notes of any existing damage including scratches, dents, scuffs and rips in the upholstery, if you take the car back they could charge you for damages if you don’t make a point of noting they are already there. Don’t sign for your vehicle until you have checked it over first. Don’t forget to do this when you return the car too, so you aren’t charged for damage that has been done after you have handed it back.
You should also check your credit card statement to make sure you haven’t been charged any extras and contest them if you have.
There have been horror stories in the Spanish newspapers and our very own English newspaper, the Euro Weekly News about people being ripped off by car hire companies in Spain. Be a savvy buyer, follow our top tips and choose your company wisely for a smooth car hire experience.
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