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Monday, 07 January 2013 13:09

Sunday Times Travel Magazine Recommends an Policy

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The new issue of the glossy Sunday Times Travel Magazine (February 2013) has a great feature on cutting car hire costs, which recommends us. 

It describes the "insurance rip-off" that hire car customers face when they pick up their hire car and are quoted between £10 and £15 a day, by the rental company, to reduce the excess to £0.

As it says, this amount is often more than was paid in the first place for the car! "Don't fall for it," the article advises, "it's far cheaper and the cover usually better - if you arrange the top-up insurance with a standalone provider before you pick up the car." iCarhireinsurance are one of the companies mentioned in the piece which also advises that if you are travelling and renting cars regularly, our annual policy might be an even better option. 

The article also gives some other great tips on keeping costs low when renting a car:

Gas Guzzle Hustle

Always opt for the 'pick up full, return full' vehicle option which means you will only pay for the fuel used. Avoid the 'pick up full, drop off empty' option as few people use a whole tank and you could end up with a hefty bill.

Early-Bird Penalty

The Times checked the price of hiring a rental car tent imes in the run up to the trip to see how the cost of hire varied. Surprisingly it found that, in the case it looked at, it was cheaper to hire at the last minute. Its clever solution is to make a booking well in advance which you could then cancel (either for free or a nominal fee) and to book again if it's much cheaper just before the trip. 

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