I’m on the lookout for car hire deals, specifically Kefalonia but if anyone has any general recommendations, tips or loopholes for deals/price reductions that would be very welcome!
It’s been a decade or more since I last hired a car on holiday. Cheers.
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1. Photograph every inch of the car when you pick it up, especially wheels. i have lost count of the number of accusations of damage I've had on returning the vehicle.
2. take the local collision damage insurance rather than a cheaper 3rd. party one. The car rental company make money out of selling this and are far less likely to give you hassle over Point 1 if you have it. I'm sure someone will disagree with this, but it works for me for a small cost penalty.
These points apply to car hire in the UK as well as aboard.
Don't put too much credence on reviews. Goldcar in Spain have had a rotton reputation for years, but I've had quite a few cars off them with no issues at all.
without knowing your dates, i just put in a random search
Check reviews of the actual suppliers. Read between the lines - even the best will get a few bad reviews. Some are famous for scams, forcing insurance on you and being really nit-picking about damage. I will never use Goldcar based on personal experience. Broker sites are usually cheaper, esp for basic hire. Cheapest is deffo not always best
Decide if you want an all-in insurance policy - obviously more expensive. Advantage is no worries and no checking over of car. If you do, make sure its the supplier that this deal is with, not the broker otherwise its just like a third party one like below.
If you don't want all in, frankly you'd be daft not to take out a CDW insurance. before you go is usually cheaper than from the supplier. Bear in mind that a CDW hire will mean that they block your card for something like £1k which could hit your spending power. Always looks for full out:full back fuel or full out:refund. Avoid same:same of Full:empty. Check for additional driver if important. Have your address while on holiday written down for the hire office. Check cross border use/charge if applicable before you book.
Is hire site on airport or off. I generally prefer minibus pickup to off site because I don't like navigating busy airports - personal choice. Take your own sat nav or a cradle & charger for your mobile to use Google maps - don't hire theirs - ££. Drop Googlemap pin in the hire place for return and change units. Pre-place your destination in sat nav before you fly. Chill in the pick up car park. Work out which button does what and that mirrors are good. Also think about your first roundabout.
All a bit from the hip but I hope it helps (edited)