When holidaying abroad, we all find ourselves trying to save as much money as possible and make our saving stretch as far as they can go.
But if you’d rather not skimp-out on souvenirs or miss marvellous meals, renting a car can be a safe, flexible and easy way to save money in even the cheapest of resorts.
So, save you and your family the cost of ferrying your car between the islands and pick up a rented vehicle from the airport. Before you leave your house, make sure you bear these essential tips in mind to make your fuel costs go further while you’re on your travels.
Rent a diesel
Whichever country you are driving in, the vast majority of petrol pumps and gas stations will sell diesel at a cheaper rate than petrol, so rule number one is to ensure your hire car is a diesel. Being cheaper to run and achieving a better fuel economy will mean that even if it is slightly more expensive to hire than a petrol-powered vehicle, the costs will equal out.
Bring your own child seat
If you’re travelling with children under ten years of age, many countries require them, by law, to travel in a booster seat. Many car hire companies can charge above the odds for such a prerequisite, so you’ll find it a whole lot cheaper if you pack your own. Some car hire companies can add anything up to an extra 30% onto the price of the vehicle hire, so don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Buy top-up insurance
If you are involved in an accident while driving your hire car, you could be left with a hefty fee. Before you leave the country, check a couple of sites – such as www.icarhireinsurance.com and www.worldwideinsure.com – who can insure your car for as little as £3 per day.