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Sunday, 29 December 2013 11:34

On the 5th day of Christmas my true love said to me:

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On the 5th day of Christmas my true love said to me: "What is a winterisation charge?"

  • Winter comes around every year, but for car rental companies this is another opportunity to make money out of their long-suffering customers. 
  • If you’re travelling somewhere with wintry conditions make sure you’re up to speed on whether you need winter tyres and snow chains on your hire car. 
  • In Austria, for instance, driving without winter tyres between 1 November and 15 April could leave the driver liable for a fine of around 5,000 Euros as well as losing your car to the impound lot.  Despite this, Sixt still charges an additional £45 for winter tyres and snow chains when hiring from Innsbruck.
  • Then in Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria, for instance, winter tyres are not compulsory but if local signs indicate that snow chains should be carried in the vehicle, you are required to do so and if an accident were to occur a motorist without winter tyres would have a far greater chance of receiving the responsibility of any damage incurred from the collision.  
  • Expect to pay around £50 for the ‘winterisation’ charge.
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