Automatic cars change gear for you as you drive. If you want to hire an automatic car, you can specify this when you book. Automatic rental cars are available worldwide. They are common in some countries, such as the US and Japan, but more unusual in others, such as Spain and the UK.
If you hold a manual licence, you can legally drive and rent an automatic car, although letting the car handle the gears might take some getting used to. Discover quick tips for driving an automatic car.
Many people don’t realise that choosing the right pick-up time for their rental car really matters. Being late means the car might have gone. Find out the best time to book your car when you’re flying in, and what to do if things don’t go to plan.
Unfortunately, even when someone booked their rental car and paid upfront, the car hire company sometimes has no car available for them when they get to the counter. Find out why it occasionally happens, and what you can do if the car you booked is not there for you.
A convertible is a car with a soft roof that you can put up if the weather isn’t great or down if you want to enjoy the breeze and the sun. When you rent a car, you can specify that you want a convertible.
Find out how to stay safe when you’re on the road in cold and wintry weather. Get your car ready for the cold season, and discover easy tips for driving when there’s ice or snow on the ground.
It’s no surprise that having your driving licence with you is essential for renting a car. Find out what happens if you want to a hire a car and your driving licence has expired, or if it expires during your rental.
In car rental, ‘luxury’ or ‘premium’ cars are great for travelling in style. These are cars made by high-end brands with luxury features: a sleek look, comfy seats, plush interior and powerful engine, for example.
Renting a car in a French-speaking country? Here are some useful French words and phrases to help if the rental company staff don’t speak English, or if your rental paperwork is in French.
Planning to take your dog along on your next trip? Find out how to hire a car when you have a pet with you, so you can enjoy a smooth rental and avoid unexpected costs.
If you’re American or Canadian, your credit card is very likely to provide damage and theft cover for rental cars. If you’re not, it almost certainly won’t. Discover how this works, and how you can be 100% confident on what cover you have.
Smoking in a hire car might cost more than the packet of cigarettes. Find out about rental companies’ policies on smoking, and discover the fees they charge if people smoke in their cars.
Breaking down in a rental car is unusual, as the cars tend to be quite new and well-maintained. But breakdowns can happen to anyone. Find out how car hire insurance works with breakdowns, how much it costs when a rental car breaks down, and who pays for breakdown recovery.
Let's be honest, some rental companies reputations aren't exactly squeaky clean, so if you're concerned about hidden fees and T&Cs then stay tuned.
Taking your rental car on a ferry means you can explore more on your trip. But it’s not quite as simple as driving the car up the ramp and onto the boat. Find out how to take your hire car on a ferry and how much it might cost.
You might be charged an immobilisation fee if your rental car gets damaged while you have it. Find out why car hire companies charge the fee, how much it costs and how you can avoid paying it.
Many people who rent a car think they’ve paid twice for their car hire, because they see two sets of charges on their credit card statement. Find out what the two charges might be for, and what to do if this happens to you.
A cleaning fee, also called valeting fee, is what car hire companies charge when a rental car is brought back dirtier than expected. Find out why the fee is charged, how much it is, and how to avoid paying it.
Planning to drive in France and Switzerland with your hire car? Find out how to take your hire car across the border, how to make sure you’re safely insured, and how much it might cost.
Renting a car makes it easy to visit Spain and Portugal in the same trip. Find out what you need to know to drive a car between the two countries, how to make sure you’re safely insured, and what extra costs to expect.
Renting a car makes it easy to visit Germany and Austria in the same trip. Find out what you need to know to drive a car between the two countries, how to make sure you’re safely insured, and what extra costs to expect.
Want to hit the open road with your hire car and visit several countries? Find out how you can cross borders with your rental car in Europe and elsewhere, and how much it might cost.
What does a bump cost? Get the inside story on how hire cars end up in the repair shop – and what it can cost to get them back on the road.
You may be charged an out-of-hours fee if you pick up or drop off your hire car outside the rental counter’s normal opening hours. Find out how to arrange an out-of-hours service and how much it costs.
Rental companies sometimes charge a lateness fee if you drop the car off after the time you were due to return it. Find out what to do if you’re late returning your hire car, and how much you might be charged.
You may be charged a premium location fee (it could be an ‘airport tax’, a ‘concession recovery fee’ or a ‘rail station surcharge’) when you hire a car. Find out what this fee is and why car hire companies charge it.
Driving a fancy car can make your holiday even more fun. It’s never a dead cert, but here are a few easy insider tips that might help you be one of the lucky ones.
Discover seven easy tips for a stress-free time at the car hire counter. Keeping things simple when you arrive to pick up your rental car makes for a great start to your trip.
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People are surprised to discover that some car rental deals come with only a limited number of miles or kilometres included. Driving further than the limit will mean paying an extra charge. Discover how to get the best option for your trip.
Thinking of sharing the driving? You may want to add an additional driver to your rental car. Here's everything you need to know about adding extra drivers.
When you want to enjoy cycling on holiday, you may need to transport your bicycle in a rental car. Discover the best types of car to rent, how to keep your bike/s safe and secure, and how to avoid any extra costs or hassle with the car.
Not all countries drive on the same side of the road. Whether it's left or right find out which side of the road they drive on in the country you’re travelling to.
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