Looking outside my window right now you would not know that Summer is coming. But contrary to the weather it is and this means we are moving into our busiest period. If you are looking to rent a car over the Summer here is my top tips for getting the best value…
1. Book in advance
This is my top tip. It is not always possible to do this but where you can, try to book your car hire in advance. Our pricing model is very similar to that of airlines. When there are lots of seats available the prices are good but as soon as these start to sell out the prices go up!
2. Prices are in 24-hour blocks
We price by the day. For example, if you get a quote for a rental to start at 9am on the Tuesday to be returned at 11.30am on the Wednesday you will be quoted for 2 days. In this instance you may want to see if you can arrange to bring back the car at 9am on the Wednesday to get a one day price.
3. Try a different day
Different rental locations get busy on different days. For example, some locations may get a lot of customers picking up a car on a Friday for the weekend but are not very busy during the week. In this case prices during the week may work out cheaper.
4. The longer rental, the more economical it is
You will generally find that the longer the rental length, the cheaper the price works out per day. This is because having a car out on a longer rental length reduces the risk of having it sitting around idly making no money and so we can pass on the savings to our customers. For this reason many of our advertised prices are based on a 7 day rental.
I hope this helps. If I can think of any other tips I’ll post them as a comment.