Car Hire

Most of our local airports are small, so when hiring cars it is essential to do it before arrival: the car-hire companies rarely have spare vehicles. RyanAir has a partnership deal with Hertz which generally gives better deals than hiring from Hertz directly, but it is always best to double check with the car-hire comparison sites. The best of these are:

Auto Europe
Travel Supermarket
Holiday Autos

Interestingly, different sites give the best rates at different times, so it’s worth having a look every couple of weeks until you are ready to book. If you wait a while, you might get a better deal.

Car hire excess insurance

One way to cut car-hire costs is to organise excess insurance in advance. If you leave it until you get to the car hire desk, you can be faced with a choice between an excess of anything up to 1000€ or insurance against this costing as much as €25 a day – which usually does not cover damage to tyres or windscreens. Holiday Autos offers advance excess insurance through its website booking, but you should be able to get better deals by using one of the following:

Recently, we have used the last of these, which seems to be the cheapest. You have to book the insurance before you pick up your hire car, and if you have an accident, you pay the excess and reclaim it from the insurer. I have only ever had to claim once (but I claimed over 600€!) and got my money within ten days. These policies also include windscreens and tyres, and it’s the car that’s insured – all drivers are covered, providing they are on the car-hire booking.