Sunday 6 July 2014

Car rental varies by hundreds of pounds at top holiday destinations

According to last Wednesday's Daily Telegraph, Car rental varies by hundreds of pounds at top holiday destinations with Portugal most expensive and Florida the least. In a seasonal holiday time article by Kate Palmer, Flying to the US costs more than to Europe, but holidaymakers at least can save hundreds on car hire once in the States .

The Scottish schools and many private schools have well and truly broken up for the summer holidays, however others schools in England and Wales will not be finishing until around the 19th July.

So after that day there will be a lot of people on holiday and many might have arranged their holiday in plenty of time, but not considered extras that are needed like car hire excess insurance.

The article goes onto say - "The biggest cost: excess waiver insurance at the rental desk, with drivers paying an average of £100 per week across the destinations.

This insurance means that if the driver damages the vehicle they won't have to pay the "excess", or the first part of the claim - which could be as much as £700.

Specialist insurers, such as the AA, iCarhireinsurance or insurance4carhire, have moved into the market offering cheaper, standalone cover. So instead of paying for the car hire firm's own excess waiver insurance - which could be £15 or £20 per day - these other insurers provide cover for a fractioin of the price. If you damage the vehicle you have to pay the excess to the car hire firm, and you then make a claim to the standalone provider" Source Daily Telegraph.

According to iCarhireinsurance's  survey in The Daily Telegraph
The car hire costs below included a week’s rental with four added extras (excess waiver insurance, satnav, a second driver and a child's seat), as well as the price of a tank of petrol (40 litres).

Country Pickup location Average rental cost
Portugal Faro Airport £965
Italy Milan Airport £720
Spain Malaga Airport £676
France Nice Airport £667
UK Heathrow Airport £660
Ireland Dublin Airport £651
Spain Barcelona Airport £643
Greece Crete £602
Belgium Brussels Airport £554
Germany Munich Airport £540
Holland Amsterdam Airport £532
Turkey Dalaman Airport £472
US Orlando Airport, Florida £289

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