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on car rental
(or van / Motorhome rental)...
you leave home -
that you are carrying both your picture and paper driving
(the paper licence shows any endorsements you may have)
and your passport (if visiting another country) and
travel tickets and car hire paperwork.
you collect the car:
the vehicle for damage
the spare tyre
Most car rental locations require
a credit card
car rental locations will not accept debit
or Switch, Maestro cards or similar they must be
a credit card. It is worth checking in advance
if they accept American Express or Diners Club
must have held a valid driving licence for one year
UK licence holders should note that many car hire
outlets will not release the rental vehicle on sight
of a photocard driving licence without also seeing
the paper licence counterpart.They may also ask
to see the paper licence counterpart of all named
car rental companies insist that you have held a
full driving licence for one year and also must
be over 25. Check in advance as it could mean when
you reach the car hire desk, they will not let you
rent a car.
ask what is included in the rates quoted
Never initial or sign an agreement without asking
about each item
not over insure. If you have travel insurance you
do not need personal effects or personal accident
or Pre-reserve your car rental
to book child seats or a roof rack in advance, particularrly
in peak holiday times.
the journey in advance - Some car rental companies
some will rent you a sat-nav system
from agents within your own country in case you
need refunds or assistance
you pick-up your vehicle determine where the drop
off point is for your return
if the return area has an attendant. If not, who
do you return the car to?
you leave the vehicle without check-in, examine
it for damage and photograph it from every angle.
Vehicle Condition Report (VCR)
- Check your vehicle carefully for signs of damage
before driving away. This can be difficult some
times if you are in a hurry, it is dark, it is raining,
or very very hot and you are in a hurry and have
been waiting for the car to be prepared and if it
has just been washed and is not dry- however it
is very important.
If they have identified certain areas of damage
on the plan of the car and not all of them, return
to the hire desk and get the additional damage signed
photos of any damaged areas when you collect the
car/van/campervan. Sometimes these are very small.
This of course is difficult to do in bad weather
conditions or at night. Examples
of damage to look out for below:-
Small scratches on door handle
and dent on edge of door
Right: Scratches and blemishes
Left: Bad scatch on door
Black scratches above tyre
Check the rental agreement: The rental agreement
will normally include a section for the hire company
to record the damage that has been identified. Let
the car hire company know if damage has not been
recorded before you drive away, even if you are
anxious to get going. If you have identified damage
let them know.
Know your speed limits - these vary from country
Speed / Radar cameras certainly apply
to rental cars as well! The rental company will
be notified and the renter contacted by the authorities.
Speed traffic camera information is now being sent
from one country to another. e.g. someone caught
speeding with a French registered car in Italy will
find that the fine will be reported to the French
authorities if it is not paid.
in the car
You should check that there
is a full tank of fuel (Petrol / Diesel) and normally
you should return it full. Car hire companies will
often charge an administration charge to fill it
up plus the price of the fuel that might be higher
than at the pump. Some companies have even put stickers
on the speedo stating to return it empty. Take extra
Make you fill the car with the correct fuel, most
car hire companies issue a warning either with the
car keys like the one above or
on the outside or inside of the fuel tank cap.
yourself with the vehicle - Make sure you know where
the controls for essential instruments such as headlights,
hazzard warning lights and the horn are located.
Adjust your seat and wing mirrors accordingly.
with the Hire company if you can take the car out
of the country you are renting in.e.g. Going from
France into Italy or if renting in Ireland can you
take the car into Northern Ireland or into the Republic
of Ireland. You will probably have to pay for crossing
the border in Ireland.
When dropping of the car make
sure you remove or personal belongings and have
it checked in and signed off.
majority of vehicle hire companies class snow chains
and winter tyres as optional extras on winter holiday
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