From time to time many of us have to rent a car. It may be that yours in in for repairs, you need a bigger vehicle such as van for a house move or that you have a period of time after you have sold yours when you will be without transport.

Renting a car is made to look easy, you can often book online and some companies will even deliver the car to you, but often the process is a little more complicated. Most rental companies will ask to see your driving licence, two forms of ID such as bank statements / utility bills and a credit or debit card. Once you have paid the rental you will often also have to pay a deposit for the booking this can range from £250 upwards. Some companies just reserve the money and then release it when the car is bought back whilst other companies will take the money and then refund it. These refunds can take up to 10 working days meaning you may be out of pocket for a while even on a one day rental.