Questions About Car Hire

This guide will help to answer your questions about car hire. How to get the best car hire deals, what is a voucher, car hire insurance, additional drivers and many more questions and helpful answers to assist in getting you the best deal on your car hire

Infant Seats for Car Hire

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Infant Seats for Car Hire in Spain are an absolute must.  The laws in Spain are very strict on infant seats in all cars in Spain and you should bear this in mind when planning your holiday and car hire.  Particularly during busy periods,  Infant Seats for Car Hire in Spain may be in short supply, so you are strongly advised to book ahead to make sure you don’t find yourself in the horrible situation of not having a suitable seat when you pick up your hire car.

Another way to resolve your need for Infant Seats for Car Hire in Spain is of course to take your own with you when you travel.  Many people prefer to take their own infant seat when hiring a car in Spain, for the obvious reasons that you know you’re happy with the seat, you know your child is comfortable in it and you know it’s clean and safe.  That said, there are down-sides to taking your own Infant Seats for Car Hire in Spain.  One of the main down-sides is that so many of the budget airlines restrict baggage allowances and charge high rates for additional baggage.  With infant seats now dropping to record low prices, it can be very frustrating to know that you’ll either organise Infant Seats for Car Hire in Spain for say 7 days or pay to take your own and it’ll cost you more than the price of a new seat!

So why do so many people avail of Infant Seats for Car Hire in Spain when booking their hire car?  First and foremost, most families travelling with an infant to Spain, already have an huge amount of luggage and genuinely don’t want to be troubled by taking an infant seat with them.  Secondly if they book the infant seat at the same time as their car hire, they know they have everything organised and its another item off their “to do” list and they’re happy to pay the price in return for that convenience. 

One other option is that certain airlines will allow infant seats to be taken on to flights where a seat has been paid for (i.e. for children of 2 years or over).  So if you do fancy taking your own Infant Seats for Car Hire in Spain, but don’t want the expense of excess baggage, check out the airline policy, you may just be pleasantly surprised.

Booster Seats for Car Hire

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Booster Seats for Car Hire in Spain are a legal requirement (at the time of writing this report) for all children younger than 12 years old or less than 150cm in height.  Anyone not respecting this law can expect, if caught, to be victim to a fine of up to 90 euro (correct at the time of writing).   This can be particularly frustrating if children are not using booster seats at home, but you’d be strongly recommended to stay on the right side of the law when it comes to Booster Seats for Car Hire in Spain.

Because booster seats are less bulky than baby or infant seats, a huge number of travellers decide to take their own Booster Seats for Car Hire in Spain.  Not only does this save them money on the hire fee, it means that they travel in confidence that they can pick up their hire car at the other end and simply hit the road.  That said, if you decide that you would like your car hire company to provide your Booster Seats for Car Hire in Spain, you really must book this additional extra well in advance.

Most car hire companies in Spain allow you to book your car and before taking you to the checkout will allow you to add additional extras.  Additional extras include such things as additional drivers, roof racks, snow chains and baby, infant and Booster Seats for Car Hire in Spain.  At the time of writing the average price for Booster Seats for Car Hire in Spain is around the 5 euro per day mark, which makes a total of 35 euro per week.  Although this may seem a lot for a booster seat which probably only costs 15 or 20 euro, it is absolutely essential that you avail of a Booster Seat for Car Hire in Spain, not only to stay on the right side of the law, but for the safety of your children.

Once you’ve booked your car and made your decision on whether to take your own or avail of car hire company Booster Seats for Car Hire in Spain, you can rest assured that you’re ready to get your holiday off to a great start without any hiccups.  It’ll just be a case of picking up your car and either unpacking your booster seat or fitting your Booster Seat for Car Hire in Spain which has been provided for your stay and off you go.  It couldn’t be simpler.

Baby Seats for Car Hire

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Baby Seats for Car Hire in Spain are compulsory and even though you’re likely to see locals driving about holding babies, this is against the law and absolutely not recommended.  There are two choices when you’re considering Baby Seats for Car Hire in Spain.  The first, is to take your own seat with you and the second is to book a Baby Seat for Car Hire in Spain when you make your car hire booking.

If you decide to take your own Baby Seat for Car Hire in Spain it’s probably because you’re happier knowing that your baby is in a seat that you and he are familiar with.  You know the seat is clean, you know the seat is safe and you know your baby is settled in it.  Travelling with a baby for the first time can be stressful and familiar environments, like baby seats, cot linen etc, can help reduce the stress levels for baby as well as mum and dad! 

The other side of this coin, if you decide to take your own Baby Seats for Car Hire in Spain you need to make sure that this makes economic sense too.  Because babies are not required to pay on the airlines, they don’t have any right to a seat, which means that there is no opportunity, in almost all cases, to take the baby seat on board.  This means that if you choose to take your own Baby Seats for Car Hire in Spain, you’re going to have to pay excess baggage and risk the possibility of damage en route.  With baby seat prices going through the floor in the UK, this can be a real source of frustration.  So what you need to decide is whether the pay off of familiarity against cost of hiring is worthwhile.

If you decide to book a Baby Seat for Car Hire in Spain, it is strongly recommended that you organise this well ahead of arrival.  Not only are baby seats often in limited supply, you absolutely want to know that everything will be ready for you when you arrive.  Generally speaking, Baby Seats for Car Hire in Spain provided by the car hire companies (or their partnering agencies) are in good condition and are clean and perfectly acceptable for the holiday period.  What you need to be aware of is that the vast majority of car hire companies will not fit a Baby Seats for Car Hire in Spain for you, you will have to do that yourself, so do allow a bit of time to familiarise yourself with the new seat, particularly if you’re travelling to a tight schedule.

What Insurance is available when renting a car in Spain

Friday, April 15th, 2011

When you arrange your car hire in Spain online you will be offered a range of insurance options. All car hire reservations will include a minimum of the basic insurance cover, that is required by law. This will include third party insurance cover which will cover damage to other persons.

You will also be given option for additional insurance, such as collision damage waiver CDW, reduced excess insurance, personal accident insurance and personal insurances. You will have the ability to purchase additional insurance to cover virtually all eventualities in the event of an accident or breakdown.

Can I add a second Driver to my Car Hire in Spain

Friday, April 15th, 2011

You can add a second driver to your car hire reservation in Spain at the time the reservation is made. Most car hire companies do not charge any additional amount for one additional driver, although they may charge for additional drivers for 3 and above drivers.

If you need to add an additional driver after you have confirmed the reservation, you should contact the car hire company directly. The contact details will have been sent to you via email when you originally reserved the car. You can usually do this by telephone or by email.

Some of the more sophisticated car hire companies in Spain will allow you to login via their website and change the reservation and details online via the website. You will need your car hire confirmation number to make any changes, including adding a second driver and they will most probably also ask you to login via a password to access your reservation.

How do I include a Roof Rack for my Car hire in Spain

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

When you arrange your car hire in Spain on the internet, you will be offered a choice of cars for hire. When you select the required vehicle you will be taken through to a specific page regarding your particular reservation.

This page will also give you the option regarding any extras you would like to include, this list of extras will include a roof rack or luggage rack as it is sometimes known. There is usually a nominal supplement for a roof rack, either a fixed price for the duration or a nominal daily charge for the roof rack. This cost usually covers the cost of fixing and removing the roof rack from the car hire.

Should you decide that you need extra luggage space an estate car may also the answer, which will take extra luggage over and above that of normal boot space.

How Old do You Have to be to Hire a Car In Spain

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Most car hire companies in Spain require that all drivers are at least 21 years of age, although there are certain car hire companies that insist that all drivers are at least 25 years of age. You will need to check the terms and conditions of the respective car hire company.

Also it may well be that companies will ask that all drivers are say over 23 or 25 years of age for curtails car hire models and types, for example high performance car hire and sports models or even convertible car hire. This higher age requirement is usually determined by the car hire insurance company, as the cost of insurance may not be available or very costly for younger drivers on certain car hire types.

Many car hire companies also impose an upper limit of 75 years of age, to be eligible for car hire in Spain. However some companies may allow younger or older drivers, subject to an additional surcharge being paid to cover the cost of the additional premium for the insurance cover.

What Documents are Required to collect a Car Hire In Spain

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

If you have reserved your car hire in Spain online and received your confirmation voucher, usually directly via email from the car hire company. All you need to take with you to the car rental counter to collect the vehicle is your, voucher, driving licence and credit card. All named drivers will need to show their driving licence.

It may well be that the car hire company will not need to see your car hire voucher as they will have the reservation in their computer system under your name. However it is as well to take the voucher, just in case they are unable to locate your reservation under your name and there should be other details for example confirmation numbers and other pertinent information to enable them to locate your booking.

You would be as well to double check that your credit card is still valid as they will take an imprint of this card to cover any damages or any other costs not covered in the original payment for your car hire in Spain.

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