Purchasing excess car hire insurance (at £179), extra driver's cover (at £31), a child's car seat (at £31) and a Sat Nav (at £77) from the rental desk pushed up the overall cost to almost the price paid for the week's hire.
iCarhireinsurance.com, the leading stand-alone provider of excess car hire insurance, has compared the prices of four rental companies at seven popular destinations for 3 - 10 August 2013 to reveal the hidden costs at the rental desk.
Looking at the destinations of Barcelona, Faro, Malaga, Milan, Nice, Tenerife and Corfu, iCarhireinsurance.com found great variations in the costs the travellers would be paying at each destination.
Car Hire Excess Insurance - The most expensive place to purchase excess insurance was in Corfu where travellers can expect to pay up to £178 for the week or £25 a day - this is over eight times the cost of an iCarhireinsurance.com policy at £21 for the week (at £2.99 a day).
If excess waiver insurance is not purchased by a hire car customer they could be liable for up to £2,000 if the car gets damaged or even stolen, even if it's not their fault.
Tyre & Windscreen Excess - Travellers should be aware that rental companies' policies will usually not include damage to the hire car's tyres and windscreens. AN additional policy to cover these can cost up to £42 in Malaga with Sixt and this is on top of the rental company's basis excess policy. This level of protection is already included in an iCarhireinsurance.com policy.
A Child's Car Seat - This could set you back up to £83 in Milan, £69 in Barcelona or £65 in Faro. Always take your own if you can.
An Extra Driver - Costing up to £76 in Malaga and Barcelona this can be a costly addition to a holiday budget. More reasonable destinations to add an extra driver were Nice, where the average cost was £30, while in Faro it was £34 and Tenerife, £40.
If the driver in under 25 however the cost can go through the roof, e.g., hiring in Nice it would cost on average £192 to add a young driver - six times more than a driver over 25 yrs!
Sat Nav - Expect to pay at least £60 for a week's Sat Nav hire, e.g., in Faro the average cost was £63 and in Malaga it is £70. Travellers could be asked, however, for a staggering £91 if they are hiring in Milan with Avis.
"Protect yourself from hidden extras at the rental desk by planning ahead and bringing your own sat, child's seat and of course always buy your car hire excess insurance before you fly," said Ernesto Suarez, founder and CEO of iCarhireinsurance.com.