Holiday car rentals: how to get the best deal

Sep 12, 2017

If you are thinking of renting a car for your next epic holiday, there are some things you should know, others to avoid and definitely, secrets car companies don’t want you to share when it comes to getting the best deal out there.

Getting started

Choosing a vehicle

Think carefully about what kind of vehicle you need rather than what car you want to drive and look cool in. If you have a lean budget, ask for the most fuel-efficient car and reserve the smallest available model – chances are, you might get an upgrade for free.

Booking your car

Major international car rental agencies are all over the world – Alamo, Avis, Budget and Hertz but depending on where you are travelling, consider locally owned companies with a good track record too. If you are in the US, visit carrentals.com or Car Rental Express which normally charge 30 per cent less than mainstream agencies. If travelling in Europe, Sixt is another brand to consider since most cars are BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes to help boost brand recognition.

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Remember to always shop around via aggregator sites Priceline and Kayak and get an idea of what rates are available before heading to the car rental companies’ websites for exclusive discounts. To lower your rate, ask about discounts, frequent flyer programmes and credit card programmes. If you see a good deal online, be sure to book it to get the price you want. Just like airline fares, rental rates for cars fluctuate too.