Summer is here, and with it comes the excitement of holiday’s, road trips, and exploring new destinations.
However, the busy summer period can pose some challenges when it comes to car hiring. With an influx of travellers and high demand for rental vehicles, it’s crucial to plan ahead and make informed decisions to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.
So what are our top tips for a stress-free experience?
- Book ahead:
One of the cardinal rules for securing a rental car during the summer rush is to book well in advance. As soon as your travel plans are confirmed, start researching rental companies and make your reservation. Many people have the same idea of hitting the road during summer, so availability can quickly become limited. By booking early, you increase your chances of finding the right car at a reasonable price.
2. Steer clear of airport locations:
With a captive audience, airport locations are often more expensive. Convenience comes at a price! A quick online search will help you find other locations to pick up your car nearby.
3. Compare and be flexible:
Many big name national companies have clever algorithms that change hourly dependant on demand. Its worth shopping around and being flexible on your times. City locations will cost more and independent rental companies are often cheaper than the well known names. Booking early whilst there is good availability is again your best bet.
4. Check for hidden costs:
If the car is cheaper to pay when booked, it often means the car is not guaranteed if you don’t pay until collection! Many online prices will exclude additional drivers, damage waiver and even breakdown cover costs too. Look for BVRLA approved rental companies for clear, upfront pricing.
Car hiring during the busy summer period requires a proactive approach and attention to detail. By booking in advance, comparing prices, and considering off-airport locations, you can increase your chances of securing a rental car that meets your needs. Flexibility, considering what you really need from your rental, and being aware of hidden costs are additional factors that can contribute to a stress-free and enjoyable summer road trip. So, buckle up, plan ahead, and embark on your summer adventures with confidence. Happy travels!