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Car Hire and Car Rental

In the light of recent figures showing dramatic increases in complaints about car rental, we urge customers to take care to make the whole process go as smoothly as possible. To this end we recommend that you check out our Car Rental Tips at the bottom of this page.

PS: First tip - "Don't Panic"!

NB: From the 8th June 2015 when hiring a Car Abroad you will need a special code to show convictions for offences like speeding. This can be obtained from the DVLA Website, however, the code is only valid for 72 hours so if you want to hire a car more than three days into your trip you will need to generate a new code while abroad.

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Hertz Car Hire

Hertz provide Car Hire, Hotels, Travel Insurance, Airport Car Parking and Trips and Tours across Europe and worldwide - Hertz Car Hire

Sixt Rent a Car

Sixt Rent a Car are a UK based car hire company offering a wide range of cheap car hire deals with a UK-wide network supported by high quality customer service - Sixt Rent a Car

Budget Car Rental

Budget Car Rental offer great car hire and rental deals from UK Airports and many other locations across the UK - Budget Car Rental

Avis Car Rental

Avis Delivers to your door!Have a hassle free start to your journey with Avis Delivers. Book online or through the call centre and we will deliver a car to a UK address convenient for you and collect it when you're back! Avis worldwide operates in over 4,000 locations in 114 countries - Avis Car Rental

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is an internationally recognized brand with more than 6,000 neighborhood and airport locations in the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Germany - Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Europcar Rental

Europcar Rental are leaders on UK car and van hire with over 250 branches including all major cities and airports such as London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Edinburgh. Car hire is available on flexible terms including one way hire and long term hire deals - Europcar Rental only offer car hire online, which keeps costs down and gives you the best possible price -

Thrifty Car Rental

Book car hire and van rental throughout the UK with Thrifty Car Rental. With over 80 UK locations to choose from, renting online couldn't be easier. Take the stress out of hiring a vehicle by booking online with Thrifty Car Rental - Thrifty Car Rental

Alamo UK Car Rental

Book now for great value car hire worldwide from Alamo UK. Save on car rental in the USA, Canada, UK and Europe with our hot deals, discounts and special offers - Alamo UK Car Rental

National Car

In addition to UK van hire options and airport rentals, National Car offers cheap car hire worldwide, and throughout the UK. Whether you are looking for UK car hire, or USA Car rentals, or even Canada Car Hire National Car can offer you a great deal - National Car

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Car Rental Tips:

Don't forget the First tip - "Don't Panic"!

Selling consumers additional insurance coverage, often unnecessarily duplicating coverage they already have, is one of the major gripes against car rental companies who often use this subterfuge at the collection desk to increase the cost of the rental. Before you pay a lot for insurance it is worth checking out what your current car insurance covers and whether the credit card (that you will use to make the booking) offers complimentary insurance. (Don't forget to take the paperwork with you!).

Car rental companies have been known in the past to bill more than one customer for the same damage, so make sure you protect yourself from these car rental scams. When you receive your car be sure to make notes on the rental agreement of any damage you observe and make sure that you not only sign it, but that you have someone from the rental agency sign the form. This will protect you from being blamed for damages that were already on the car when you received it, and it will also communicate to the car rental agency that you are not someone who will be easy to scam.

Check for hidden damage (eg scratches under the bumpers, bonnet, boot lids...) and be especially vigilant when checking at night time and cars parked near to other cars/objects that make it difficult to see around the car easily.

General advice to consumers hiring cars is, where possible, to return the car to someone in the office, get them to check the car and sign it off as in good condition. If you have to leave the car without signing it over, take some photos showing that it was returned in good condition. (Return it Clean and Tidy!)

And on the subject of returns check the small print. For instance, you may have been told that you could return the car on Monday but the car rental company didnt tell you that if you dont have the car in by noon that you would be subject to an hourly charge until you return it....

When you rent a car petrol can be a sticking point. Most car rental firms require that you have a full tank when you return the car, otherwise you are subject to a fee. When you receive your payment invoice check the list of charges and make sure that you are not being charged a fill up fee. Many times this fee is small enough so you may not even notice that you are being charged for it....

And when all is said and done, read the small print!

The UK European Consumer Centre has taken action to forewarn UK consumers intending to hire cars abroad, either on holiday or on business, by producing a leaflet outlining consumers rights and giving motorists hints and tips to protect themselves. Called "What you should know about car hire across the EU" and consumers can download a copy from the UK ECCs website - UK European Consumer Centre

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