Travelling by car? Until recently we didn’t even think about it, in fact all our great trips have been by public transport. Living in Madrid without a car is what you have, which makes you lose the habit of driving. But last year we rediscovered the pleasure of those car journeys through Spain and Europe that we made as children. The freedom offered by the new means of transport is unbeatable. In this article, you may find a few tips for renting a car that you really can get it cheaper without problems and disappointments. Visit drivy.co.uk for further more information about cheap car hire in Spain.
To rent a cheap car, what do you have to take into account? Of course the initial price of the car rental is important but you have to take into account more factors, because what does that price include?
The category of the rental car
The rental price varies greatly depending on the model of car, actually depending on the category and size, since it is not usually fixed a particular model when renting. If you’re not looking for the cheapest model – you need more seats, special features such as off-road, higher load volume, air conditioning … You will have to take it into account when comparing the prices of different car rental companies.
Driving an automatic vs. a manual car
You may not have considered choosing between a manual and an automatic car because you’re used to one of them and don’t even remember that the other exists. Keep this in mind, because it is possible that in the place where you are going to rent it, the other type is common and you find yourself with a problem when it comes to leaving the car park.
On the other hand, if you are going to travel to a destination where driving is done on the left is recommended to use an automatic car – changing gears with the left hand can be complicated the first few times and some end up opening your door when trying to change with the right.
Insurance in car rental: All risk, with excess
In almost all cases, the prices that appear on the internet at the time of renting a car include the minimum insurance and with excess. What is the excess? An amount of money below which there is no obligation on the part of the insurer and the damage has to be paid by the insured and, if the amount exceeds the excess, the insurer is only responsible for the part that exceeds it. In other words, if you have an accident, you will always have to pay a part: the whole amount if it is less than the excess or the value of the excess if the amount is greater. Obviously, everything related to paying as long as the accident was the fault of the person renting the car, if it is the fault of the other driver you will not pay anything in any case.
We have no doubt, we always extend the coverage of the insurance to the maximum: all risk without excess – the insurer is responsible for the total damage. It’s more expensive, but if you have an accident -which is your fault-, the cheap is usually very expensive. It would not be the first time that there was an element – usually wheels, as happened to us in Ireland, or windscreens – that was not covered and that required an extra payment.
All these extensions are usually made in the office where the vehicle is collected and it is not usually until that time that you are informed of the exact amount to add to your rental, although you can always ask the company directly when renting from its website or by phone.