Car hiring surcharges
Different types of surcharges are a way to make renting a car abroad unnecessarily expensive. It’s very similar to buying tickets from a low-cost airline. Then you pay extra for almost everything. Here is a list of the most common fees:
GPS in the car
In smartphones times, GPS will cost you a lot in the rental company. Just download Google maps or other maps to your phone and save – check out our list of best travel apps.
Number of drivers
By default, only one driver is included in the price of the car. Of course, someone else can drive the car. However, if something happens to the car, it will not be paid from insurance, even if it is not your fault. So think carefully about whether you really need to buy another driver.
Car rental companies know that this is mandatory equipment in most countries, so they will have to pay for it properly. Nevertheless, their quality is very poor, so many people carry their own child seats by plane as checked baggage. It is often cheaper and some airlines offer free transport of child car seats, so try to find out if this is your case.
Returning the car with a full tank
You should have a declared fuel policy when booking. The most common and probably the best is the so-called “Full to Full,”, i.e. renting and returning a car with a full tank. The second option is “Full to Empty,” which is significantly more expensive, as the car rental company charges significantly more for fuel than it would cost to refuel at the gas station. Even though you only exceptionally manage to return the car with an empty tank.
The age of the driver
Car rental companies and insurance companies have averaged that younger drivers (under 25) and older drivers (over 65) are more prone to accidents. So they usually have more expensive car rental and insurance. If you are under 21, they will not rent you a car somewhere, even if you pay them with gold. It is, therefore, more advantageous to choose a driver who is in the optimal age range.
Car rental fees at the airport
Renting a car directly at the airport is very pleasant, but often more expensive. Always compare the price with a car rental in the city centre. Often, the difference is so great that it may be cheaper to take a taxi at the airport and take it to the car rental company.