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What you should know before you rent a car

How to find a cheap car hire

Each year more and more travellers are renting cars for their holidays. When travelling, hiring a car guarantees more freedom at your destination to be able to venture off-the-beaten-path and easily get to and from the airport with all your luggage in tow. Take a look at these tips for finding a cheap car hire and what you need to know before you can rent a car.

Use a car hire search engine

Imagine how much time you can save compare car hires by the hundreds on one site. Compare the most popular car hire companies in one click on liligo.com.

Reserve in advance

The best rates for car hires are generally found by reserving as far in advance as possible. That way you get the base-price and have a better chance of getting the economy car you want. If possible, avoid renting a discount car hire during peak holiday times or weekends.

ABC’s of car hires: what you should know

Legal age

The legal age required rent a car varies depending on the country. In the UK, you have to be at least 21 years old to hire a car. The exception to this is in the following countries: USA (18), Italy (19), Austria (19), Israel (24) and Ireland (25). Few countries in the world have a rule about minimum driving experience, once you have your driver’s licence you can rent a car if you meet all other requirements.

Required documents

At the minimum you need to provide an ID card and/or passport, plus the driver’s licence of the driver. Proof of address, telephone number (personal and local), and a major credit card are also good to have on hand.

Agency policies: always read the fine print

Routes

In the majority of cases, you are free to choose your routes and cross borders. Always check before with the car hire company what the conditions are if you have plans to leave the country with their vehicle.

Accepting and returning the vehicle

When you pick up your cheap rent a car, check it out with an agent present, if possible. Look at the general condition of the car like you would a rental apartment. Check body, tyres, mirrors, seats, lights and especially mileage.

Return the vehicle during office hours at the agreed time and with the same amount of petrol as when you took it. If you forget, the company will charge you the missing litres at a fixed price, a lot higher than what you would pay at a petrol station.

Vehicle class

The cheapest type of affordable car hire is type A (Fiat Punto 1.2, Ford Focus). Someties there is little difference in price between type A, B and C (but a huge space difference). Always compare car hire prices between classes, for a little more you could rent a much more comfortable vehicle.

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