Having a car when you are on holidays can be a great way to get around and see the sites, and much easier than wrestling children’s car seats in and out of taxis. Here are some ways to save some money on your car hire on holidays.

Be honest about how big a car you need

Even if you drive a large car or people mover at home, you won’t be needing to give rides to extra kids from the soccer team while you are holidays, so you won’t need any more seats than required for number of people in your family. You may need more boot space than normal though to fit in all of the luggage. If you can size down a little on the car you hire, you can save both on the daily rate (as smaller cars are cheaper to hire) and the amount of petrol you use on your trip.

Check the fine print on insurance

Before you pay extra to eliminate the large excess on the hire car insurance, check the fine print of your credit card and travel insurance policies to see if you really require the extra ‘excess waiver’ payment. Many credit cards and travel insurance policies also cover the first section of the car insurance excess if you do have a crash. Not paying that extra amount each day can lead to big savings.

Look for discount codes

You can often find discounts for the large car hire chains from all sorts of organisations you might be a member of including roadside service, alumni organisations and sporting clubs. Your employer may also have a discount code that employees can use for leisure car hire, outside of the rates on offer for business hire. Try checking the hire companies’ social media streams as well, as they often post discount codes in these channels as well.

BYO extras

If you are travelling domestically, you might find that you are able to save big bucks by bringing along some of the extras you might usually pay for such as GPS units, and bringing your own car seats from home.  Many people are now switching over to smartphone based GPS apps, which automatically update with new streets and housing developments. 

With some planning ahead you can save big bucks on car hire, which you can use to have extra fun on your holidays. Good luck and happy travels.

For more information about car hire, contact a company like 1300meteor rentals.