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A family hiring a car in Tenerife, over the Easter week, could hand over an additional £315* at the rental desk almost tripling their original hire car cost of £109.
Purchasing excess car hire insurance (at £132), extra driver's cover (at £62), a child's car seat (at £56) and a Sat Nav (at £65) from the rental desk will push the overall cost up by an additional 189%.
Hiring with Hertz in Milan, the car rental cost is £520, the car hire excess insurance, bought from the rental company, is £190, adding an extra driver is £60, a child's car seat is £101 and hiring a sat nav costs £90 - totalling £961.
"Extras at the rental desk can add hundreds to your holiday budget," said Ernesto Suarez, CEO, iCarhireinsurance.com. "Make sure you plan in advance buying your excess insurance from a specialist provider, like iCarhireinsurance.com (saving up to £170), take your own car seat, sat nav and don't add additional drivers to the policy - all saving approximately £350 at the rental desk."
If excess waiver insurance is not purchased a traveller could be liable for up to £1500 if the car gets damaged or stolen. The highest cost for excess insurance was with Hertz in Milan costing £190 - over nine times an iCarhireinsurance.com policy at £21 for the week (£2.99 a day).
iCarhireinsurance.com also cover vulnerable vehicle parts which are frequently excluded from rental companies' policies.
- Expect to pay £40 - £70 for an extra driver, but more for under 25s (e.g., £189 in Nice)
- A child's car seat ranges from £140 in Milan to £20 in Tenerife, but expect to pay between £50 - £60.
- Hiring a sat nav in Larnaca, Barcelona or Milan could cost over £90!