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Why compare car hire with us?

No one likes to collect a hire car at the start of a trip and immediately face issues and extra costs at the rental desk. We founded Stress Free Car Rental due to our own frustration with the lack of transparency in the car hire booking process. Now we're on a mission to take the stress out of hiring a car, that's why we strip those hassles out from the very start. Just book, collect and go – no hidden costs, no nasty surprises. We make it faster and easier to get on the road with your smile intact.

Our team are committed to providing car hire with no hidden fees and complete transparency. We also ensure that our customers are offered all of the different car hire excess insurance options, along with a full, easy to understand, explanation of the security deposit and excess deposit requirements.

All of the prices for car hire you see on our website include everything you'll have to pay. If you've added an extra driver or a child booster seat the pricing is clearly explained, including a breakdown of what you need to pay now and the amount that's left to pay when you collect the car. No hidden fees, no surprises – that's our commitment.

If your car hire journey takes you cross border into a different country our website clearly explains any cross border fees that will apply, so you won't have any nasty surprises when you collect the car.

There are some car rental brands that you might see on other websites but not ours. Our goal is to deliver a Stress Free Car Rental experience, so we only compare car hire prices from brands that can support our customers as much as we do.

Looking for a particular vehicle?

We compare prices for Small Cars, SUVs, Minibuses, People Carriers and convertible cars at 1000s of car rental locations all over the world.

Looking for vans? Our website also compares van hire prices on a range of different sized vans, from small VW Caddys to mid sized / large Ford Transits and Luton vans.

Want to wizz around town in small car like a Fiat 500 or a Ford Fiesta? Or need more space for passengers and luggage? We find the best rental deals for cars of all sizes, including cars with more than enough space for 5 people and luggage.

Travelling in a group? Whether it's a golf trip or a holiday with the extended family, we have a huge selection of people carriers and minibuses to choose from. If you're sharing the driving on your trip, we also have lots of rental options that include a free additional driver.

Our great deals on SUVs include all different shapes and sizes from Jeep Renegades to Ford Expeditions and Range Rovers.

Want to let the top down on your road trip? Stress Free Car Rental compares all of the cheap deals for convertible car hire from all of the car rental brands you can trust.

Look out for special promotions for car rental including free additional drivers, cars with automatic transmission and guaranteed model deals. Our promotional prices can save you money when you book in advance versus upgrading at the collection desk.

Can't find what you're looking for? No problem, get in touch with one of our car rental advisors and we can help you to your perfect rental.

We compare all of the car hire insurance options

Car hire insurance can be a minefield of jargon with terms like ‘CDW', ‘SLI', security deposit, excess amount etc. At Stress Free Car Rental we work hard to translate the jargon every step of the way – so that you don't have to.

Of course, you're always free to source your own car rental insurance product. However, if you'd like to bundle your insurance with your car hire, all of the rentals we compare in the USA includes zero excess and a full to full fuel policy. It's worth keeping this in mind when you compare our prices to those on some other websites.

For rentals in the USA, we also offer a top up policy that covers you for unexpected mishaps like lost keys and misfuelling. This is entirely optional and you will be offered alternatives at the car rental collection desk (which are also optional).

If you're hiring a car in outside of the USA, it's best to either select a rental with zero excess or purchase a car rental insurance excess policy. These are easy to find on our website using the filters on our search results page. In many countries, large security deposits are taken to cover the insurance excess on the hire car. It's worth taking some time to understand how this works.

Confused already? Don't be – just get in touch with one of our car hire advisors and everything will be crystal clear.

Frequently Asked Questions

We compare car rental prices with zero excess or reduced excess at 1000s of locations all over the world. To find these use the ‘no excess’ filters on our website once you’ve hit the search button.

All of the prices on our website include all of the additional fees, including a clear breakdown of what you’ll need to pay when you pick up the car. This includes things like local taxes which aren’t always clearly displayed on some other websites.

A security deposit is usually held on a credit card until you return the car. The amount held is often a deposit for a full tank of fuel and an amount to cover the insurance excess (where applicable). The security deposit is refunded when you return the car without damage and a full tank of fuel. You can find options with reduced security deposits on our search results page.

Payment on our website can be made using any valid debit or credit card. However, many of the car rental companies we compare require that you produce a credit card when you pick up the car. If you have no credit card, you can filter the options that allow a debit card on collection once you’ve clicked the search button.

A fuel policy is the agreement for how your car hire fuel will be paid for. All of the rentals on our website include a full to full fuel policy. This is the best option as it means there are no extra fuel related fees so long as you return the car with a full tank.

To collect your car the lead driver should present a valid driver's license, passport or National Identity Card, Credit or debit card in the lead driver's name, Home and local (hotel, villa etc) address and a rental Booking confirmation email. Any other requirements at collection are clearly explained in your booking confirmation email.

You can find options including extra drivers on the search results page of our website. You can also choose to pay for an extra driver when you collect the car. The additional driver will need their drivers licence and passport so that the car rental company can add them to the insurance.

Yes, you can cancel your booking with a full refund anytime up until 48 hours before you collect the car.

Renting a Car with a Low Security Deposit

When you pick up the car, you'll usually be required to leave a security deposit on your credit card or debit card. Security deposits vary significantly dependent on the make and model of the car and the excess . Car hire Security deposits can be anywhere between £50 and £2,200.

If you decide to book a rental with Premium Cover included, you're often able to reduce the deposit to cover only the cost of a full tank of fuel (usually less than £100), this is refunded when the rental is returned with a full tank.

Hiring a Car with Child Seats

You can use your own child seats for your car rental, provided that they meet the legal safety requirements for use in your car hire location.

You will have the opportunity to include them with your car rental when you make a booking on our website. Child seats and booster seats are paid for in local currency when you collect the car.

Car Hire with Free Cancellation

All of the car rentals we offer include free cancellation. Free Cancellation means that you're able to cancel your booking and receive a full refund anytime until 48 hours before picking up the car.

If you've purchased our Essential Cover product to cover the car rental excess, you're able to cancel this and receive a refund anytime up until the rental collection time( as printed on your rental confirmation email).

We process all refunds in less than 24 hours. If you cancel the booking, this means that the money will be back in your bank account in 7 days.

How to Rent a Car with One Way Fees included

Many of the car rental brands we work with allow you to collect the vehicle in one location and return the car at a different location. If you have selected a different drop off location for your rental, the prices you'll see on our website include any additional charges for this. You will also see a breakdown of the additional charges on the payment page.

How to Hire a Car and Cross Border Fees

If you want to pick up your vehicle and drive it over the border , be sure to review the terms and conditions. Many car hire brands require that you let them know on collection; and usually charge additional fees to top up the insurance. If you do not let them know, you might find that the rental car will not be insured when you cross over into a different country.

You'll find the information relating to cross border policies by clicking Rental terms and viewing the Cross Border Rules section.

If you're struggling to find the cross border information get in touch with one of our car rental advisors and they'll be happy to help.

How to Hire a Car with Unlimited Mileage

We offer unlimited and limited mileage rentals.

Limited mileage rentals can often be cheaper than unlimited. When considering limited mileage rentals, the mileage limit is always clearly displayed. If you choose a rental including limited mileage, you will be charged a per mile additional fee if you exceed the daily allowance. The mileage allowance for the whole rental period is calculated as (the number of rental days multiplied by the daily mileage allowance). You don't have to remain within the daily limit on every day, provided that the total miles used during the rental doesn't exceed the number of days X the daily allowance.

When you choose a limited mileage car hire, we recommend checking the fees for excess mileage. These can be found in our T&Cs section.

Renting a Car with no Insurance Excess Held on Your Card

The insurance excess is the amount you would be liable to pay if the vehicle is stolen, written off or severely damaged. However, the excess on rental cars can be high. It's often between £950 to £3,000, depending on the car, the country and the deal. If you return the car damaged, or it's stolen or written off, you'll be required to pay up to the total amount of the excess.

When you arrive to collect the rental car, the excess is held on your credit card as a 'pre authorised' transaction. This means that the amount isn't charged to your card as a regular transaction, it's held as a pending transaction until you drop off the car. You don't usually pay currency charges on credit cards for pre authorised transactions, so provided the car is returned in the same condition as when it was collected, the excess amount is fully refunded to your card without anything further to pay.

If you're paying by debit card, the insurance excess amount will be taken from your account and refunded when the car is dropped off. If you plan to use a debit card on collection, as the excess amount can be very high, we recommend to either buy Premium Cover when you book or to buy top up cover at the rental desk.

If you'd like to hire a car with a £0 or reduced excess check out our Premium Cover rental options.

Rental car terms explained

Collision damage waiver (CDW)

It covers the car for accident damage in the same way the insurance cover you have on your own vehicle does. It usually includes an excess which you can choose to cover with an additional policy (See Excess reimbursement insurance). We also list cars on the site that include CDW with a zero excess

Additional driver charges

Car hire agreements is between the car hire company and the person that signs the agreement and will be the main driver. This requires that you will have to ask for other drivers to be added, and this usually means an additional cost (which can be up to £11a day ). However, there are occasional promotions where extra drivers are free. Always be cautious of being asked if you'd like to add a driver without being told the price.

Theft liability cover (theft protection)

It insures the amount due if the hire car is stolen. Theft liability is subject to an excess , which means you would have to pay the first part of an insurance claim (usually between £900 to £2,750, depending on the deal, the car rental company and the location.

When you insure your excess with us, however, you will be reimbursed for any or all of of the excess amount you have to pay (See our essential cover). Or with Premium Cover your excess amount can be reduced.

Essential Cover

Buying excess cover means you'll be reimbursed for any of the excess that's held on your credit card by the hire car company .

Excess insurance also usually covers other possible costs, such as towing, cleaning or admin fees, or misfuelling costs.

Fuel policy (full to full vs full to empty)

The rentals on the site include a full to fuel fuel policy.

When you collect you rental you'll be required to pay a small deposit for fuel on a credit card when you pick up the hire car. Fill the rental up and drop it off full and there will be nothing further to pay for fuel.

You might see full to empty policies on other websites that seem to be lower cost deals. Always check the small print for full to empty rentals as the refuelling and admin charges included with full to empty fuel policies make it more expensive than full to full fuel policies.

Third party liability insurance

Third party liability insurance provides protection in case you cause an accident. If you do, it could kill or injure others (for instance your passengers, people in other vehicles or pedestrians), or damage their property (their vehicle, house or possessions, for example). Since they need to be protected, you could be responsible the cost of any damage, or treating injuries or covering loss of earnings, as well as the third party's legal fees and any court costs.

Third party liability is subject to an excess, this means you would need to pay the first part of any claim (usually between £800 to £1,600, varying dependent on the value of the car, the country and the deal). If you choose to cover your excess , you'll be refunded for all of the excess you have to pay. If you decide to take out Premium Cover, your excess can be reduced .

Car hire excess

For rentals outside of the US and Canada there's usually an excess held on your card* - this is similar to the excess on domestic car insurance in the UK. However, the excess on rental cars is very high. It's normally in the region of £1,100 to £3,000. If you decide not to cover the excess amount you will be liable to pay for damage to the car up to the value of the excess . Take a look at the Premium Cover rental car options if you'd like to avoid having a large amount blocked on your card when you collect the car.

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