HOW TO GET THE BEST CAR HIRE RENTAL OVERSEAS
Hiring a car in a foreign land can be daunting, but being armed with the right advice will set you on the straight path. Get geared up and ready to go with all our handy tips below.
Go with a reputable company
Most of you will have heard of Avis, Europcar, Budget or Thrifty and luckily these global brands have branches dotted all around the world. Driving overseas is enough to test anyone’s patience, let alone adding the stress of hiring a car in a language you do not speak. Where possible stick to well-known reputable companies.
To get the best deals, it pays to book early. Not only are you likely to save a few bucks, but you’ll have more choices of car, including any necessary extras.
Use a comparison site
An online car hire aggregator site offers ease and convenience in the bucket load. You get to see results from a wide range of suppliers in one place without having to go from site to site yourself. Skyscanner, Expedia or AAA are good places to start for international car hire comparisons.
On or off airport
A cheaper deal can often be found if you opt for off-terminal car hire and have to travel by bus to get to the rental depot. But while cost savings are important, nothing can top the cost of convenience. Before you sign up for out-of-town pickup and drop offs, make sure you’re not having to travel to the other end of the earth.
Pick up times
Many cars are rented in 24-hour periods, so think carefully about selecting your pickup and drop-off times. If you pick up the car at 10 a.m. on the first day and drop it off at noon on the last day, you’ll be charged a whole day’s rental for just those two hours. Don’t book your pickup time for earlier than you really need the car.
Research the cost of extras
Don’t get lured in with initial cheap prices and end up paying a fortune in extras. Sat navs, baby car seats, additional drivers, roadside-assist, late penalties and gas charges can all add-hefty totally. Endeavour to find a company that includes those in the total hire car cost so you know where you stand before you get to the depot.
Check age limits
Be aware that many countries have a minimum and maximum age for renters. Drivers under the age of 25 or over the age of 70 may face surcharges or not be permitted to rent at all.
Many hire car companies will not cover you if you have an accident on dirt tracks or unmarked roads. So make sure you know where you’re covered before you hit the road.
Don't get fleeced
When you hire a car, the company will try and upsell you their collision damage insurance, this is a daily amount you pay which reduces the excess you in the event of accident of theft. All well and good, but these additional options are overpriced and only reduce your damage liability to around $300-$500.You’d be baaarmey not to buy car hire excess with Baaaney instead. A policy with CHE could cost as little as $10* a day and if you do have an accident, no matter if it's to the underbody or tyres, you pay nothing, zero, zilch, nada!
Read the small print
Your car hire insurance is usually included in the price of hiring the car.
Before your pick up date make sure you know what you're covered for and what you’re not. To minimise the chance of being shocked at the shop, carefully read your entire reservation documentation to avoid and nasty surprises down the track.
Taking a trip to the USA? Maybe it’s time to pretend your Alexander Rossi for the day. Hiring a car overseas is the perfect opportunity to have some fun and drive a car you wouldn’t normally do at home. Whether it’s a Mustang, Chevrolet, Buick, Caddillac, convertible, 4wd, or camper. You’re sure to get a unique road-trip experience from a classic set of wheels. But, remember to expect some differences between your rental hire and the car back home. For example, in Europe, midrange cars have less passenger room, boot space is unheard of, and manual transmissions are more common.