The do’s and don’ts of saving money on car hire

Many car hire companies quote a price on their website, but this price is usually not the one you pay.

Surfers Rent A Car are open and transparent, the price you are quoted is the price you will pay. However, this is not the case with all car hire companies.

It’s important to take a look at the false economies and where you can actually cut costs.

Do consider researching your own excess insurance

When driving on unfamiliar roads it is easy to understand why people might crash, so it is important that the excess cover you have to pay is not extortionate. Whilst we don’t suggest skipping this insurance we do believe that being more savvy will save you a lot of money. Why not organise your own car rental excess insurance through a third party? This can save you a lot of money. Don’t be surprised if your car rental company is not forth coming about this option. They make the majority of their money from these add-ons.

At Surfers Rent A Car, a low insurance excess is already factored into our low prices, so you don’t ever need to worry.

Do look at the early bird rates

Like anything, the early bird catches the worm. Even if car hire rates do not get cheaper, in the busy periods you might find that you are limited to what you can hire based on availability. So, getting your car hire booked in earlier, rather than later means you get the car you need for the purpose you need it for.

Don’t pay for a taxi to your car rental

Check out what car hire companies can offer in the way of a transfer. Surfers Rent A Car provides a FREE transfer service to our office between 8am – 5pm.

Do search and compare suppliers

Not all car hire companies are created equally. By shopping around, you might be surprised by the savings you can make. A quick call to Surfers Rent A Car and you get a clear idea of prices with no hidden costs.

Do bring your own satnav and child seat

Whilst Surfers Rent A Car provides budget friendly add-on solutions, this is not always the case with hire car companies. Why not bring your own car seats and satnavs to save yourself some money?

If you are flying, be sure to check that it is free to bring your car seat.

Don’t return your hire car empty

If your car rental agreement says to drop your car off with a full tank of fuel then make sure you take the time to fill up. Car hire companies often add an overinflated surcharge for filling up a car that was not returned fully fuelled.

Surfers Rent A Car pride themselves on being honest and transparent. Our standard prices are the price you will pay, so you don’t need to worry about any hidden costs.