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    The Ultimate Car Hire Checklist

    What are the things you need to know to make your car hire experience as smooth and carefree as possible? Here is a checklist of the things you absolutely must bring with you when you pick up the car, as well as what to check before you drive off with the car. You can also find this information in this infographic in a visual format. Read on to make sure you are prepared for your next car rental!

    What to bring with you

    1. Identification
    The car rental company needs to make sure that you are who you claim you are, and also to make sure that you have reached the minimum age to hire a car. If you are planning on more than one person driving the car, please make sure that they also have an ID with them, and that they are also old enough. Note also, that if you or any of the additional drivers are under the age of 25, you are likely to incur a young driver fee.

    2. Driving licence
    If you are going to want to drive, you of course need to bring your driving licence! Again, all additional drivers need to bring this along, too. Please note that the rules relating to hiring cars with a UK driving licence are changing, please find more information here. Some suppliers may also require an international driving licence. You can check the requirements of your supplier in the Terms and Condition on our booking engine before you finalise your booking. This information can also be found on your voucher.

    3. Credit card
    A credit card is a must when picking up your car. Regardless of how you paid for the booking on our website, and regardless of what kind of insurance policy or excess protection package you have, the local car rental company will require a deposit to be blocked on your credit card. The amount of the deposit varies, but you can find details of this in the Terms and Conditions. The credit card must be in the name of the main driver (the person whose name is on the booking voucher) and have a sufficiently high credit limit. Please note that even if you have a booking that includes zero excess, a deposit will be blocked. Some rental companies charge the deposit, rather than blocking it, and then refund the amount after the rental. If you wish to avoid this, please again check the policy of your supplier in the Terms and Conditions before you finalise your booking.

    4. Printed voucher
    Your voucher is proof of your booking with us, and entitles you to pick up the car with the supplier. Your voucher also includes the Terms and Conditions of your booking, and it is therefore important that you read through the entire document before arriving at the local car rental company's desk. The voucher includes the name and location of your supplier, as well as important information about the whole car hire. You will receive the voucher via email once we have confirmed your booking.

    What to check before you drive off
    When you are taken to your rental car by the supplier, make sure you note down all the damage already on the car with the employee. These should be noted down clearly on the paperwork, and it is best to also take pictures with dates. Here is a list of the things you should pay attention to:
    • Scratches and dents
    • Windshield wipers and sprayers
    • Tyre pressure
    • Fuel level
    • Extra features such as GPS
    When you keep these simple points in mind, your car hire pick-up experience should be completely trouble-free! Enjoy!

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