(PRWEB UK) 3 July 2013
Recent research in to the costs of car hire on the continent has revealed that families with young children could end up being charged in excess of £500 for car hire extras.
When planning a holiday, the cost of car hire may not seem too expensive. For example, Hertz advertises a Ford Focus (or equivalent car) for two weeks in Alicante for £562 and many local car hire firms may have similar vehicles advertised for less. However, according to an investigation undertaken by the Daily Mail and published on June 26, many hire firms may have adopted “Ryanair style pricing” when it comes to extras. Options such as having child seats, adding an extra driver and having a satnav on board can add up to almost the same price as the car hire itself.
One of the most expensive additions can be the purchase of additional car insurance. Often, the standard "collision damage waiver" (often known as the CDW) provided by the car hire company comes with a huge excess - sometimes up to £2,000 - and the only way to get around this is to buy more insurance. The top level of insurance that can be bought to cover excesses and things such as tyre and windscreen damage can cost as much as £275 for a two week period, increasing the overall rental cost considerably.
Andrew Goulborn, Commercial Director of Tiger.co.uk, commented: “Car hire companies are renowned for having substantial excesses as part of the standard insurance policy offered. Unfortunately, holidaymakers are often not aware of that until they pick up the car. We would recommend that drivers planning to hire a vehicle abroad look at buying their top-up car insurance before they travel. Tiger.co.uk works with icarhireinsurance, a company that offers European excess cover for as little as £2.99 a day. Or, if you are planning to travel more regularly, you can purchase an annual policy for just £39.99. It is definitely worth factoring this in to your holiday planning to save yourself from stress and extra cost when you arrive at your holiday destination”.
Tiger.co.uk is a trading name of Call Connection Ltd. Tiger.co.uk is a UK based, independent car insurance comparison site, offering insurance quotes from over 150 motor insurance brands. Call Connection Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (number 308374).