5 Things You Must Consider When Hiring a Car Abroad

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Hiring a car abroad gives you the freedom to explore your chosen destination however and whenever you want to. It offers so many benefits and gives you the flexibility to enjoy your holiday at your own pace and in comfort.

Before, committing to hiring a car for your next holiday it’s important that you do your research. Make sure you know exactly what you need, the best company to go with and where to find the best price.

To help you on your way, here are five things you MUST consider when purchasing a rental car.

Comparison sites

Checking car rental comparison sites is always recommended to find the best hire car price. A comparison site will connect you with all of the biggest brands in the car hire sector and filter the results by the most recommended or by the cheapest deals first.

They list all of the information you need, including car specifications and what’s included in the rental price, which can help you to decide which brand and car are right for you.

Make sure you try more than just one comparison site as some can vary on price and you want to ensure that you get the best price possible.


Something to consider when hiring a car abroad, especially in the current pandemic, is cancellation. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances mean you need to cancel your trip in this case you want to try and find a deal where you can cancel for free up to 24-48 hours ahead of collection.

This means if you have to cancel your trip last minute due to COVID-19 related issues or others, you will not lose your money.

Car hire excess insurance

When renting or hiring a car, you must consider damage to the vehicle. No matter how confident you are behind the wheel sometimes accidents happen. If the vehicle gets stolen or damaged excess costs can really sting.

You want to relax and enjoy your time away rather than be worrying about the potential cost you might have to pay if you accidentally damage the rental car and this is why you should consider car hire excess insurance.

This is an additional insurance policy that will cover you for the excess costs that you may be liable for if your rental car is stolen or damaged.

It’s not a compulsory insurance policy, however, it is highly recommended due to the significant excess costs some hire companies set.

Car seats

When hiring a car, you can also hire a child’s car seat with it too as an extra but this does come as an extra cost.

If it’s possible and you don’t mind taking a bit of extra luggage with you, most airlines let you put your own child car seat in the hold for free. Not only is this a great way to save money but you’ll also be more relaxed knowing that your baby or child will be safe and comfortable in a car seat that you’ve chosen.


Having only one driver reduces the cost hugely, but you might want to consider adding a second driver. Some car hire companies will add a second driver for free, or others will do a good deal.

Adding a second driver could give you more flexibility and extra security.

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