Windshield Replacement Insurance And Other Additional Car Rental Costs

If you are going on holiday and want to rent a car, you should always shop around online before you set off, because you can often save around 20 -25% on the cost of rentals, compared to the walk-in fee that you may be offered if you just turn up, especially if you are wanting to rent a car from a popular location such as an airport or ferry terminal. Booking car hire online in advance can also help you to guarantee that the car you want will be available, rather than arriving at a location to discover that their supply of cheap economy-sized cars has already been exhausted. However, shopping around for cheap car rental prices can be a frustrating minefield and may require you to be more flexible with your requirements if you want to get the best deal.

When you are quoted a price, the chances are that you will be offered a lot of different insurance options, including budget options which do not cover windshield replacement, damage to tires or any damage to the underneath of the car. You may also have to pay a huge excess if any other accidental damage is done to the vehicle. Although it is tempting to choose the budget option to save on the cost of holiday car rental, needing a windshield replacement and accruing significant tire damage are actually the problems which are most likely to affect holidaymakers on their rental vehicles, especially on foreign roads which are less sympathetic to car tires and where loose stones can easily fly up and chip the car windshield. If you need to have an emergency windshield replacement whilst you are renting a vehicle without windshield insurance, it can be very costly.

Always make sure you read the terms and conditions of the rental contract thoroughly before you commit to hiring a vehicle, and contact customer services for clarifications before you agree to anything if you are unsure of anything. One thing which you should always watch out for is whether there is a cap on the number of miles which you are allowed to do during the course of your vehicle rental. Some car hire company will only allow you to drive a certain distance per day and these miles are included in the price of your rental, however, if you drive further than this pre-determined number of miles, then you will be required to pay a small fee per mile for every mile you drive. If you are planning on driving long distances during the course of your holiday, this can add a huge amount onto the cost of your car rental.

If you are 25 or below, you should also be wary of additional young drivers surcharges, which may not be included in the rental quotation, but could be charged to you when you arrive at the location to pick up your vehicle. Young drives surcharges vary hugely between rental companies, so always check this before you commit to anything.