Car Hire Abroad (how to get it right)

Driving in South Africa

Hiring a car abroad can be a bit of a minefield, and certainly isn’t for everyone. There’s the obvious potential for language barrier issues to arise when arranging the rental. There’s the fact you will have to get to grips with the make and model of the car pretty quickly (does every fuel cap come with a new and interesting hidden release lever these days?). You will also perhaps have to drive on the other side of the road for the first time.

Yet for those of who enjoy returning to favourite travel destinations time after time, the local road knowledge isn’t an issue and car rental becomes a time saving option that can help to avoid the long waits for public transport. If you’ve been tempted by the benefits of car rental whilst abroad, there are some top tips that could help you to avoid some common pitfalls.

Foreign Travel – Car Hire Tips

Check out the tips in the infographic below, but in a nutshell, here’s some advice on how to make sure you get the best possible outcome from your car rental whilst abroad.

  • Choose your car in advance

This sounds obvious, but don’t wait until you’ve already arrived in a foreign country before attempting to make car rental arrangements. Know what you’re getting in to well ahead of time so that you avoid the stress of shopping around against the clock. The more planning you put in, the cheaper the deal you could get, which brings us to the second point…

  • Avoid airport-based companies

Again, this one is obvious with a moment’s thought, but it’s worth mentioning. Airport car rentals are super convenient. You land, collect your luggage, and you pick up the keys to your car waiting outside. Simple. But you’ll pay for the convenience. Avoid the loftier fees by using public transport from the airport into town – car rental from here is usually cheaper.

The list goes on. Take sat-navs, for example. If a sat-nav is offered as an add-on feature complete with extra charges (and if there’s no way to barter the company down into throwing in the sat-nav as a freebie), simply remember to pack an in-car phone mount and use your smart phone instead. But that’s enough for now. Enjoy the infographic, and happy travels.


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