If you have booked a holiday in the UK and you will be driving to get there then you may have to hire a car. It may be that you have a licence but do not own a car or that your car is off the road. Some people do not feel that their car is reliable enough to make the long journey so instead decide to hire one.

When hiring a car you do need to shop around for the best price. You may find that larger companies can offer the cars at a better discount. You need to think about what size car you need as hire cars are often priced according to size. Try and hire the smallest car you can get away with to keep the costs low.

All hire cars have an excess which will need to be paid should the car get damaged. Most hire companies will offer you an excess wavier which allows you to pay a higher charge per day or a one off fee to scrap the excess. This can often be a good thing to take out but you may find it cheaper online than doing it through the car hire company.

When collecting your hire car, ensure that all the existing marks, scuffs or dents are recorded so you cannot get blamed for them when you return it.