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What is the age required to rent a car?
To rent a car from a rental company, you must be between 21 and 70 years old. Note that if you are under 25 or over 70, you may have to pay an extra fee.
What is the cost of adding one or more additional drivers?
Driving for many hours can be tiring. Your attention decreases with fatigue, which increases the risk of an accident. It is therefore advisable to add a driver on the contract so that someone can take over when you feel the need. Though some car rental companies offer to add a driver for free, you will generally have to pay for all additional drivers. Be sure to plan between €5 and €10 per day (depending on the company) per additional driver. All age and license conditions also apply to additional drivers.
Which credit card should I use for car rental?
Nowadays, renting a car on the Internet anywhere in the world is easy. The reservation is simple and only a few clicks away. However, when you collect your vehicle, the rental company will require a credit card (or rather a “deferred debit card”): it allows the company to charge the amount of the rental and also serves as a security deposit which will be charged in the event of damage to the car. Each type of bank card is not equivalent: a debit card (“immediate debit card”), to be used solely for withdrawals and purchases, will not be accepted. A credit card (“deferred debit card”) is required.
All payment cards issued since June 9, 2016 feature either the words “DEBIT” or “CREDIT.” A deferred debit card is always marked “CREDIT.”
While planning for your trip, make sure you book your rental car online and well in advance to optimize your savings. The walk-in rates at the airport and downtown are much higher. Not only can you save significantly online, but you will also have access to a wide range of options. You can browse at your own pace, and take your time to compare the rates: something which you may not be able to do in the face of the seller’s insistent selling arguments at the counter.
Generally, car rental contracts include a minimum car insurance formula: civil liability. This third party car insurance covers property damage and bodily injury caused to others for which you would otherwise be liable. To avoid unpleasant surprises, it is important to read the general conditions of the rental contract carefully. You then have two options:
– The insurance offered is suitable for you, taking into account your planned routes and the risks you will take.
– The car insurance policy seems insufficient to you. In this case, the rental company offers additional premiums covering, for example, theft, glass breakage, breakdown service, punctures…
If you are traveling by plane, and with one or more children, most airlines will let you take a child car seat for free (remember to check the conditions of each company beforehand). Taking your car seat with you is a great way to avoid the rental fees charged by the car rental company.
Taking a GPS included in your rented car can quickly become expensive, so avoid it if you can. Instead, check if your GPS can be used abroad, bring a good old printed map or just use your smartphone. For example, the Google Maps app allows you to download the data you need to use satellite navigation from your phone while offline: convenient!