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    Spoilt for choice - How to decide on the perfect hire option

    Anthony Burgess once wrote that 'goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.' At Auto Europe we believe in our clients' right to choose and in our duty to provide them with all the facts so that they can make an informed decision. Rather than simply selecting the cheapest car for you, we present you with a large variety of options so that you can take your pick. But what should you look for when selecting a car? First of all, resist the urge to simply pick the cheapest price right off the bat. It may be that after you consider all the variants, you still wish to go with the cheapest option, but we're trying to create a process here! So here are the three main things you should look for when selecting a supplier.

    Point 1 - The ever pesky subject of fuel

    Some suppliers provide the car with a full tank of fuel and determine that it must be returned with a full tank of fuel. Many people favour this type of fuel policy, as it allows the client to pay only the pump value for the fuel they actually use.Other suppliers have a pre-paid fuel policy, in which the client pays for a tank of fuel upfront and should return the car with the tank as empty as possible, since any unused fuel will not be refunded. People who will use the car a lot and plan to run through a whole tank, and who do not wish to be bothered with having to refuel before returning the car will be happy with this option.There are also suppliers that have a mix of both options, with one or the other applying depending on the duration of the hire.Here are a few things to be aware of when deciding on the best fuel policy for your situation.

    a) When you pay for the fuel upfront, the fuel will be charged at a slightly inflated rate when compared to the pump value.

    b) Despite point a), because the suppliers with this type of fuel policies normally have lower prices than suppliers with a 'full to full' fuel policy, it can still be worth it going with the pre-paid fuel option.

    c) Consider how much use you intend to get out of the car and whether it is likely that you will use an entire tank of fuel.

    d) Consider whether you will have the time or the inclination to refuel the vehicle before returning it to the depot.Please note: if you choose to go with a supplier with a 'full to full' fuel policy, it is very important to remember that you need to refuel the vehicle at the end of the hire period. If you don't, the supplier will charge a refuelling fee, the price of which is also likely to be higher than what you would have paid had you refuelled the vehicle yourself.

    Point 2 - Winter tyres and Zero Excess

    If you are driving to a place with mandatory winter tyres during cold months (or if you would like to have winter tyres anyway, even if they are not mandatory), be aware that different suppliers have different takes on whether winter tyres are included in the basic package or whether they are regarded as an extra. If the winter tyres are included in the basic rate, that will be noted under the price of the vehicle, on our booking engine.Another thing to look for is the Zero Excess package. When available, this package is automatically included in the basic rate you pay for the vehicle. By eliminating the excess, Zero Excess ensures you have to leave a much smaller deposit at the desk than otherwise, and it's also a nice security blanket in case anything should happen.

    Point 3 - Insurance, insurance, insurance

    Generally speaking, insurance tends to work pretty much the same across different suppliers. All the basic rates include the necessary insurance for the client to be able to drive the vehicle in a given country; normal exclusions to the insurance tend to be the same across the board; and all the suppliers offer additional (OPTIONAL) insurance locally, for an extra fee. What differs between suppliers (and between vehicles), is the amount of the excess. You can check what this amount is by clicking on 'Product Information' and scrolling down to 'Additional Information'.Another important thing to consider when looking at how different suppliers deal with insurance is whether or not you have a credit card. If you do not have a credit card, please be advised that many suppliers do not allow the cars to go out without a credit card in the name of the main driver in which to block the deposit.Some suppliers may deal with the absence of a credit card by requiring that the client pay extra insurance locally to reduce the excess amount - in which case the normally optional extra insurance becomes a great deal less optional.You can find the credit card requirements of individual suppliers on the 'Terms, Conditions and Local Fees' section of our booking engine, but if you do not have a credit card, I would strongly advise you to give one of our helpful agents a call as they can better advise you regarding the available options for your situation. I hope you found this article informative.

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