For a limited time only go South with Avis for £10!

If you are going to need to get home from a holiday or festival in Scotland, travel back in comfort with a one way car rental from Avis!

Available as one-way rentals from the following pick-up locations (click the links for location details):

Available until 30th September 2011. £10 for small cars, £15 for a medium car or automatic.

Call 08445 818181 to book or click here to find out more.

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For those regular bloggers among you, you may have noticed that we have recently updated our We Try Harder blog.

The new and improved functions include improving the search abilities and reducing the number of topics to make it easier for you to find the blog you’re looking for! You are also able to see the updated news on our twitter and facebook pages as well as score our blog posts out of 10 instead of 5.

The development of the blog may mean that we take a little longer to respond to your comments- but we will respond as soon as we can and we appreciate your patience.

We hope you enjoy the new look of We Try Harder!

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One of the most common concerns when hiring a car is what to do if you don’t have both parts of your UK driving licence. Whether you have lost your driving licence or overlooked it when packing for your trip, it may still be possible to hire a car with Avis in the UK or abroad without both parts of your licence.

The current UK driving licence has two parts – a plastic, credit card-sized photo card licence and a green paper counterpart licence displaying any endorsements. Many people still have an ‘old-style’ pink and green paper licence, which are still perfectly acceptable. Licences are issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

When renting a car with Avis you need to have:

  • A full, valid driving licence that has been held for at least 36 months at the time of rental.
  • No more than 6 points on your licence. With more than 6 points or a DD, DR or BA endorsement that is not older than 10 years or if you are renting abroad, please contact the rental station where you want to pick up your car.
  • For rentals in other countries, please check the terms and conditions of the renting country prior to booking. These can be found during the Avis online booking journey, or by calling 0844 581 0147.
  • If your licence is in non-roman alphabet (e.g. Japanese), you will need the original licence AND an international driving licence.

Renting in the USA

When renting in the USA, you can rent a car with your photo card licence only, or with your paper counterpart licence and your passport. If you have neither part you cannot hire a car from an Avis office in the USA.

If you are travelling with someone else who has their licence, they can hire the car and add you as an additional driver. If the reservation is in your name, you will need to make another reservation in the name of the licence-holder and obtain a refund for your initial reservation by contacting 08445 818181.

Renting in Europe

You can collect your car with a valid paper counterpart licence and photographic identification (e.g. passport).

Many offices will let you take your rental car with only your photo card licence, although this is at the discretion of the local office (officially both parts are required). To find out, contact the rental branch before booking.

Avis Preferred customers

Many Avis Preferred customers are business rental customers. If you are renting on business account using your company’s insurance then it is not imperative for you to show your driver’s licence, as your company should ensure you have a valid licence (although rental agents will normally ask for this for duty of care reasons).

If this is not the case, the usual driving licence requirements apply to Avis Preferred customers.

The address on a licence is out of date

If the address on your driving licence is out of date or different to the billing address that you used to book your car, you can still collect your rental car in the UK or abroad.

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The details of all blog posts are correct at the time of publication. Information and offers are subject to change without prior notice. Please check for the most up-to-date information.

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Why we love to blog

At Avis, we really do try harder. We pioneered blogging in the car rental world and we aim to make our blog much more than just an information source. You can use our blog to ask questions or tell us what’s important to you when you hire a car. We try harder because we care what you think, so we really do value your feedback.

New to car rentals? Our blog gives you tips and advice on getting the most out of your Avis car hire experience. You can find information about booking and hiring your car, safety tips, and eco driving. We also provide driving advice and the latest news about our fleet.

We understand that hiring a car is just one part of your trip, so our blog covers other aspects of holiday and business travel too. Whether you want to know more about business travel hire conditions, access to location and city guides or ideas for families travelling with children, it’s all here.

But that’s just a taster – find out more about the Avis blog.