If you need to rent a car in the UK either because your own vehicle is out of action or you don’t own a car and don’t want to use public transport, then there are a few important points to consider.

Firstly, do you have the correct insurance to cover you for driving a rental car. If you own your own car you will need to check on your insurance documents whether you are covered. The car rental company can usually arrange insurance for you if not, but you will need to show your driver’s license. Read the insurance documents carefully to check what the excess amount is should you have an accident as this is sometimes set quite high but can be reduced by paying more initially.

Make sure that someone from the rental company inspects the car before you drive away and makes a note of any bumps and scratches that are already on the vehicle so that you will not be held responsible for this damage when you return the car. It is also a good idea to photograph these yourself at the same time.

Find out whether the agreement is that the car is collected and returned with a full tank of fuel or an empty tank and that the oil and coolant levels have been checked recently so that the car is ready for the road.