Car Hire

As you can imagine, we travel rather a lot, and in the process we have tested out lots of different car rental companies and brokers. Here are our 2 favourites - and some tips when booking.

Our favourite car rental broker: Rhino

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Reasons we like them:
  • They offer great value, comparing prices from big rental companies and local suppliers alike
  • Most suppliers allow you to ‘book now and pay later’ with just a small deposit payable to confirm
  • They also have a helpful Live Chat facility during the booking process
  • Many of our staff use them for their own holidays, and have never reported any problems
  • When enquiring through our link, you'll see the name of the supplier, their fuel policy, and whether it is at the airport terminal or not
Things to be aware of:
  • Having 2 middlemen means less precision about what car you are getting (we booked a 'Golf or similar' and got a significantly smaller Lancia Ypsilon')
  • Different suppliers have different T&Cs, so be sure to read the small print
  • Some extras, like GPS and additional drivers, can be pricey
  • If you choose the 'Book now, Pay Later’ option, exchange rates may fluctuate before the final payment date

Our favourite car rental company: Hertz

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Reasons we like them:
  • They're a very reputable supplier, with over 10,000 locations in 150+ countries
  • Almost all are on site within the airport, so no shuttling around to collect your car
  • We like their Fun Collection: quirky upgrade vehicles (Fiat 124 Spider, Jeep Compass) at fair prices
  • There's also a Green Collection of hybrid cars, usually the Toyota C-HR
  • They also own the Dollar, Thrifty and Firefly brands, which increases the range
  • They generally offer a full-to-full fuel policy, which we think best (collect it full, return it full)
  • Our staff have used them regularly since 2005 and not reported any problems
  • If you do have any issues, it's easier taking them up with a direct supplier than if you've booked via a third-party consolidator
Things to be aware of:
  • They're a bit more expensive than the cheapest deals (but not a lot)
  • Some age restrictions apply (generally 23-25 years minimum, and 30 for some premium cars)
  • The damage/excess amount, and the cost of reducing it, are not always clear during booking
  • Extras such as additional drivers, child seats and damage excess reduction are, as always, pricey

And 5 quick tips on booking your car rental

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1. Check the fuel policy: we think 'full-to-full' is best i.e. you collect it full and return it full.
2. Check if the office is 'on site' (within the airport): it's a bore waiting for the minibus to shuttle you to rental offices
3. Check the excess amount, and the cost of reducing it: it's usually cheaper to buy a separate annual policy to cover the excess with a company like insurance4carhire
4. Check the cost of a child seat (if relevant): it might be cheaper buying a portable booster seat such as the inflatable Bubble Bum or the Trunki Boostapak
5. Get a good road map, satnav or app if you're going off the beaten track: car hire companies (surprise surprise) charge over the odds for satnav hire

NOTE: While we've made every effort to select the best fit, we cannot guarantee that every provider will meet your price and service expectations. Delivery of all services is the provider's responsibility and not i-escape's. In some cases, i-escape receives commissions for bookings using the links above, but we regularly evaluate our providers and are happy to hear about your experience. While we take no responsibility for the providers' services, your feedback will assist us in our ongoing assessment.