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 company: Avis

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Reasons we like them:
  • They're a very reputable supplier, with over 5,000 locations in 165 countries
  • Almost all are "on site" within the airport, so no shuttling around to collect your car
  • They have a full-to-full fuel policy (you collect and return it full), which we think is the best
  • Or you can return it empty if you prefer (and they charge at below local pump price).
  • If you have questions during the booking process, their live chat is quick to help
  • We've used them regularly since 2005 and have never had 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 premium car rentals require 2 credit cards
  • The cost of reducing the damage / theft excess is not always clear during the booking process

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

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 (i-escape readers get 20% discount through that link) 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.