Car hire extras ‘make costs soar’

Print Friendly

Car hire costs abroad can go through the roof when extras are taken into account, it has been revealed.

In some cases, charges for extras can mean rental prices for a one-week hire can more than double, a survey by Post Office Travel Money showed.

Of 10 popular car hire spots, Alicante in Spain was the cheapest at £94.09 for one week’s basic hire. But if the costs of paying for an extra driver and excess waiver insurance (EWI) were thrown in, the cost in Alicante rocketed to £216.61.

However in Orlando, Florida, the total cost was only £177.18 as EWI is automatically included without charge in the car rental packages and holidaymakers only have to pay for an additional driver.

When these two extras were added for those hiring a car in Rome or the Italian city of Pisa, the cost rose from £97.59 to £287.53. Total costs also soared in Tenerife, in Malaga in southern Spain, in Faro in Portugal, in the French city of Nice and in Majorca.

Of the 2,060 UK adults surveyed by Post Office Travel Money, 568 had hired a car abroad in the last five years.

As many as 30% said they had opted for basic car rental without paying for extras such as EWI.

Post Office Travel Money head Andrew Brown said: “It is tempting for holidaymakers to keep costs low by sticking to the basic headline cost when they book car rental online but this is a false economy.

“Although many rental companies do not show the cost of EWI online, you can establish the price by calling them. There are also companies who will provide this cover before you leave home.”

The following two tabs change content below.
Hello ... I am the Creative Director and Website Editor for Silversurfers and manage all the social media too. I hope you find the features and articles we have shared with you of interest and relevance. Please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts with us ... I hope you enjoy Silversurfers and all that we offer ...

Not a member?

Join the silversurfers community today! It's free, easy to do, and is packed full of features and amazing offers!

Join the community!
Click here if you have forgotten your password

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!

More Motoring

Best British Road Trips for 2016 Silversurfers - Image 1
In recent years, the British staycation has grown dramatically in popularity – with...
Buying or selling your car online – a beginner’s guide Miniature Colorful Cars Standing In Line On Road Sale Concept. D
Buying a new car or selling your old car can be a confusing process at the best of times, but...
The Best Current Car Innovations transportation and vehicle concept - man using car control panel
As every new car drives off of the assembly line they come loaded with more new and advanced...
Tips for driving in snowy conditions HA0484 Severe Weather images. Driving on the network in difficult weather conditions. The images were taken in February 2009 on the M4 near Bristol and A46 near Dyrham, Wiltshire.
STOPPING distances can be up to ten times longer in ice and snow. That is one of the nuggets...
Be aware: do you know the new drink driving laws? One For The Road?
New drink drive rules in Scotland are a good reminder for all UK residents to brush up on the laws...
Prepare your car for winter Winter Driving
As you stock up on wooly jumpers and thick scarves, don’t forget that your car needs to be...
New Tax Disc Rules British Car Tax Disc
Are you aware of the new tax disc rules? From 1st October 2014  you will no longer get a paper...
Old But Gold 1
A new television programme focussing on elderly drivers is missing the point entirely, says Matt...
First drive: Chevron GT3 GT3 Chevron Car
Matt Joy acts like a kid in a sweet shop as he tries out Chevron's mighty V8-powered GT3 racer...
Are finance deals driving up the cost of your car? car finance
How much did you pay for your car? No, how much did you really pay, after interest on any...
Wheely big issue MOTORING Motoring Column 1
Matt Joy reveals the importance of looking after your tyres The weather's turning and leaves...
Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition 2012 Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition
PAYING homage to the past without being enslaved by it is no easy task. All car manufacturers...