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    Saving Money When Hiring a Car

    Austen once remarked that 'a large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.' I think most people would tend to agree, but seeing as most of us are blessed with more modest incomes than what Jane had in mind, it is only fitting that we seek to save where we can. Because a penny saved is a penny you can then spend on holiday mementos . Choosing Auto Europe when deciding to book a car hire is a great first step to start saving, but there's more you can do to ensure you get the best deal. Here are a few tips on how to save even more.

    1. Choose the best way to book.

    All the prices on our website already include a discount on the original supplier price. On our booking engine you can see both the original price and the Auto Europe price, and if you're some sort of math whizz (or happen to own a calculator) you can quickly figure out how much a specific discount is. But there are ways to get even lower prices. The first one is by subscribing to our newsletter, which always includes an additional discount. If you don't want to receive a newsletter but you still want that amazing additional discount, pay us a visit on Facebook and use our booking engine app, which also includes an extra discount.

    2. Factor in the fuel policy.

    The cheapest price isn't always the cheapest price. It is very common in Mediterranean countries (though it can be found elsewhere too) for low-cost suppliers to have a 'full to empty' fuel policy. This means the client is charged locally for a full tank of fuel, which should be emptied as much as possible during the rental period, as there is no refund for unused fuel. The price charged for that tank of fuel is normally higher than the pump price. This means that sometimes - though not always - it's worth looking for the cheapest price of a supplier with a 'full to full' fuel policy and consider whether it is worth paying that extra bit more initially and avoid paying for the tank of fuel locally.

    3. Avoid falling for local extras.

    The staff at the desk may try to sell you extras and additional products locally. Insurance is the usual suspect. The initial price already includes all the necessary mandatory insurance for you to drive the car. Locally they offer extra insurance - insurance to reduce the excess or insurance to cover items not covered by the basic insurance. Stay strong. Understand that all this local insurance options are, well, optional, and that you are well within your rights to refuse to take them up on their offer if you decide the basic coverage is enough.

    4. Have a credit card.

    Remember how I said locally offered insurance is optional? Welcome to the version of reality where it isn't. If you do not have a credit card (in the main driver's name) in which the supplier can block a security deposit, they will need you to take on additional insurance to reduce the excess. To learn more about the use of credit cards in the rental industry, click here.

    5. Zero Excess and Excess Refund.

    These two special packages help you deal with excess, often at reduced prices or at no cost at all! Look for the option on our booking mask. For more information about Zero Excess and Excess Refund, click here.

    6. Winter isn't coming, it's here.

    If you're going to a region where snow tyres are mandatory (or if they are not mandatory, but you would like to have them anyway), check whether the Winterization Package is already included in the initial rate. This depends on the supplier and you can find that information on our booking engine. If the basic rate doesn't include the Winterization Package, you can find an approximate price for it - where available - under 'Product Information'. This way you can check whether that is still the cheapest option or if it's better to select a supplier that already provides winter tyres in the basic package.I hope you found this article informative. As always, you are welcome to leave your comments or questions in the comments section below, or come pay us a visit on Facebook or Twitter

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