Affordable Car Hire

Whatever your car hire budget, our website includes all of the options to make your car hire affordable. We compare prices for all of the products on offer from the cheapest which usually include a higher security deposit and excess, to more expensive options that often come with zero excess and no deposit, except for a tank of fuel - which is refunded when the car is returned full. Booking a rental with zero excess on our site is usually a more affordable option than paying at the collection desk.

Find Affordable Car Hire with Free Cancellation

All the rentals we offer include a free cancellation policy. Free Cancellation means that you can cancel your booking and receive a full refund anytime until 48 hours before picking up the vehicle.

When you purchase our Essential Cover product to cover the car rental excess, you can cancel this with a full refund anytime up until the booking collection time( as printed on your rental confirmation email).

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

Discover Affordable Car Hire and Cross Border Fees

If you plan to collect your car hire and drive it across the border into a different country, be sure to check the terms and conditions. Most car hire brands require that you inform them on collection; and usually charge extra fees to top up the insurance. If you do not let them know, you might find that the rental car will not be insured if you take the rental into a different country.

You can find the details of cross border policies by checking the Rental terms and viewing the Cross Border Rules section.

If you cant find the cross border information for your car hire please get in touch with our car rental advisors and they'll be happy to help.

How to find Affordable Car Hire with Child Seats or booster seats

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

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

Affordable Car Hire with a Low Security Deposit

When you collect the car, you'll usually be asked to leave a security deposit on your credit card or debit card. The security deposit vary significantly subject to the make and model of the vehicle and the excess amount. Car hire Security deposits can be anywhere between £100 and £2,300.

We compare all of the car hire options with a low security deposit and in some instances no deposit at all except for fuel. If you decide to reserve a rental with Premium Cover included, you can reduce the deposit to cover only the cost of a full tank of fuel (usually less than £100), this is refunded when the car is dropped off with a full tank.

Affordable Car Hire with One Way Fees included

Most of the car rental brands we work with permit you to pick up your car in one location and return the vehicle at a different location. If you've selected a different drop off location for the rental, the prices on the website will include all extra charges for this. You can also find a full breakdown of all additional charges on the payment page.

How to find Affordable Car Hire with Unlimited Mileage

We offer both limited and unlimited mileage rentals.

Limited mileage rentals can often be a cheaper option than unlimited. When considering limited mileage rentals, the mileage limit is always clearly visibile. If you choose a rental with limited mileage, you will be liable to pay an additional fee if you exceed the daily mileage allowance. The total mileage allowance for the rental is calculated as (the number of rental days multiplied by the daily mileage allowance). You do not have to remain within the daily allowance on every day, provided that the total miles used during the rental doesn't exceed the number of days X the daily limit.

When you decide to book a limited mileage rental, we recommend checking the costs for excess mileage. You'll find these in our T&Cs section. You can also use the filters on our website to display car hire including unlimited mileage which can save you money if you're planning a longer trip

Affordable Car Hire without an Insurance Excess

The insurance excess is the amount you would be liable to pay if the car is written off, severely damaged or stolen. The excess amount on hire cars can be very expensive. It's normally between £950 to £2,000. If the car is returned damaged, or it's stolen or written off, you'll be required to pay up to the total amount of the excess.

When you pick up the vehicle, the insurance excess is held on your card as a 'pre-auth' transaction. Pre Auth means that the amount isn't taken from your card as a normal transaction, it's held as a pending transaction until you return the car. You don't normally have to pay currency fees on credit cards for pre authorised transactions. As long as the car is returned in the same condition as when it was collected, the amount is fully refunded to your card without anything further to pay.

If you're paying by debit card, the insurance excess amount is taken from your bank account and fully refunded when the car is returned. If you intend to use a debit card on collection, as the excess amount is often very high, we recommend to either buy Premium Cover when you book or to buy top up cover at the collection desk.

To view rental options with a £0 or reduced excess review our Premium Cover rental options.

Affordable Car Hire without a credit card

You can pay for your car hire on our website using any credit or debit card, including Visa, Mastercard or American Express. We also compare car hire deals at 1000s of locations that accept a debit card on collection. You can quickly and easily find these by using the filters on the search results page or taking a look at our Premium Cover options on the extras page.

How to find affordable Car Hire including a Free Additional Driver

Look out for deals on our website including a free additional driver bundled with the price. Use the filters on the search results page to find bundled deals. You can also add an additional driver on the extras page before you enter your driver details.

What are Stress Free Car Rental all about?

We work hard to ensure that car hire on your trip is stress free!

If plans alter you can cancel or edit your rental for free for up to 48 hours before you collect.

We offer a wide range of family cars to twelve-seater MPVs along with convertibles and hatchbacks.

Our team spend weeks examining terms and conditions so that you don't need to. All of the key points of the rental agreement are clearly visible on every page of our website

Hire your vehicle today with no credit card fees or hidden payments.

Our range of cars have cover for damage, theft and third party claims.

Why should you choose us?

We don't call ourselves Stress Free Car Rental for nothing! We aim to make the vehicle hire procedure as simple as possible.

Need to pay by debit card? Need an extra driver? No problem. We have all of the options on our website including the best prices for add ons such as additional drivers and Toll pay devices. We provide options to pay with a debit card at most locations. You can use the filters on the website to quickly and easily find them

As soon as you complete your booking with us you will receive a confirmation email with all of your rental details included. Confirmation emails include directions to the car rental collection desk and opening hours. If your rental includes car hire insurance, all of the documentation will be included with the email

Free Cancellation! You can cancel your vehicle rental and get a refund up until 48 hours prior to collecting your car.

Collecting at the airport but not sure what your flight number is? It's ok! - you can complete your booking now and add the flight number to your booking later on. Including your flight number will help the car rental company to wait for you if your flight is delayed. You should check the T&Cs to understand what you need to do if your flight is cancelled or delayed.

When you book a hire car with Stress Free Car Rental you'll always know how much you're paying beforehand - no hidden costs, no scary fees.

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Car hire terminology

Third party liability insurance

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

Third party liability is usually subject to an excess, this means you'll have to pay the first part of any claim (usually between £750 to £1,500, depending on the car, the deal and the country). When you cover your excess amount, you will be refunded for any or all of the excess amount you have to pay. If you decide to take out Premium Cover, your excess amount is often reduced to zero.

Collision damage waiver (CDW)

CDW covers the car for accident damage in a similar way the insurance you usually have on your personal vehicle does. It includes an excess which you can choose to cover separately (See Excess reimbursement insurance). Our website also include cars on the site that include CDW with no excess amount

Excess reimbursement insurance

Choosing this policy means you'll be refunded for any of the excess you have to pay to the car hire company .

Excess reimbursement insurance also usually covers other possible costs, like cleaning, towing, admin fees and misfuelling costs.

Theft liability cover (theft protection)

Theft liability insures the amount due if the hire car is stolen. Theft liability usually includes an excess amount, this means you'll have to pay the first part of any claim (normally between £1,000 to £2,000, depending on the car, the country and the deal.

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

Car Rental excess

For rentals outside of the US and Canada there's usually an insurance excess held on your card* - this is similar to the excess on your own car in the UK. However, the excess on rental cars can be high. It's normally in the region of £1,200 to £3,000. If you fail to insure the excess you could be liable to pay for damage up to the excess . Check out our Premium Cover car rental options if you'd like to avoid having a large amount held on your card .

Fuel policy (full to full vs full to empty)

The rentals on the site come with a fair full to fuel fuel policy.

When you collect you rental you'll be required to hold a deposit for fuel on your credit card when you collect the rental. Fill the car up and return it full and there's no additional fees for fuel.

You will see full to empty fuel policies on other sites that seem to be better deals. Always check the terms and conditions for full to empty rentals as the refuelling and admin charges included with full to empty fuel policies always make it more expensive than full to full fuel policies.

Extra driver fees

Car rental contracts is between the hire car company and the one person who signs the agreement and will be the named driver. This means you have to ask for any other drivers to be added, and this usually means an additional cost ( can be up to £13a day or even more). However, there are occasional promotions that include extra drivers are free. Beware of being asked if you'd like to include a driver without being told the price.

The car rental booking process

We aim to be the best car rental agency around so that you know when you hire through us you're getting the best value, service and price.

Renting a car, let along booking a holiday, can be a stressful, costly, experience which is why our clever matching technology will find you your dream hire car at your dream price.

When searching for your rental, information you'll need includes:

  1. Car hire & pickup location
  2. Pick-up & drop-off date
  3. Pick-up time and drop-off time
  4. The drivers age

To start your stress free booking process, simply head to our homepage and input your desired rental location and dates then in just seconds we'll bring up some brilliant deals based on your information.

All of the rentals on our website include all charges including anything that you're required to pay on collection, including (but not limited to) local taxes, extras and senior driver fees.

Why we're different

There's a huge amount of reasons why we're different from our competitors but to start, it's important to understand that Stress Free Car Rental was born out of our own frustration with the process of hiring a car.

We do not work with just any car rental providers. We're careful to only work with brands you can trust.

Pricing includes added fees that other websites don't usually display - this makes sure that our process is as straightforward as possible.

So, the reason we do things differently to other car rental websites is because we got annoyed with seeing customers getting shortchanged and felt like we could provide a better service.

Our technology compares millions of car hire deals at 1000s of car hire locations to source amazing offers and make booking them on our website as fast, simple, simple, fast and Stress Free as it should be

We provide you with all of the best car rental deals in with no hidden fees.

Car hire in made easy

We are based in Manchester UK and we are on a mission to make hiring a car Stress Free for our customers

Car hire prices can vary significantly at different times of the year. School holidays are an important thing to consider that affects car hire prices. Take this into account when considering your rental.

Stress Free Car Rental only offer car hire that includes a full to full fuel policy. Full to full is always better value compared to the alternatives.

You can use the filters on our search page to find your ideal car rental, including rentals with an automatic transmission, diesel engine and low insurance excess options.

Additional drivers are available to reserve on our website on step two of our booking process. In most cases you will pay for extra drivers when you collect the car.

Our Premium cover option

Premium cover is the highest level of car hire insurance we offer.

You can buy Premium Cover bundled with your car rental, so that you know the price of everything before you pay.

So that you can understand all of the options regarding which car rental insurance product is right for you, we work closely with our car rental partners to provide you the ability to purchase a Premium cover product.

Car hire insurance, excess and security deposits

We understand how frightening picking a hire car excess cover product can be. The charges that make up the price of hiring a car can be very confusing, these can include:

  • The cost of hiring the vehicle
  • Any extras (e.g. child car seats & sat nav)
  • Insurance costs

Top tips when collecting your vehicle hire

You will have been provided with car rental pick up location details with your booking confirmation email. Take time to understand how to find the car rental pick up location before you set off

Taking a little time to take photos and report any damage, whether internal or external, will help to prevent any issues with the car rental company when you return the vehicle

Beside the exterior, we also recommend documenting all damage to the inside of the car and informing the car hire company before driving away

Whether you've bought Essential excess cover on the website or have your own policy, you should still make some time to inspect the car for pre existing damage. We also recommend taking photos on your phone of each panel of the car. If there is damage on the vehicle that isn't highlighted in your rental agreement you must report this to the vehicle rental provider

Remember to inspect the wheels and locks for damage as well. Locks and wheels are easy to miss when you're in a hurry to start your journey

All of the vehicles listed on the website include a full to full fuel policy. You should double check that the fuel tank is full prior to setting off. if you find that it isn't you must report this to the car hire company immediately

Paying for Car rental using a debit card.

You can pay with Visa, American Express or a Mastercard debit card or credit card issued by a bank or credit card company when hiring a car on our website.

It's ridiculously simple on the website to view which car rental partners can accept a debit card. Just use the filters on the second page to compare the car hire companies can accept your card type on collection.

If you've included Essential or Basic Cover for your rental, it usually means that you will be required to present a credit card in the name of the lead driver when you collect the car. You will more often than not be given the option to buy a top up policy by the rental partner when you collect the car, which then allows you to use a debit card in the name of the lead driver.

Frequently, rentals that include the Premium Cover option will allow you to use a debit card when you pick up the car with no extra fees. You can view if a debit card is allowed, along with all of the different car rental security deposit and insurance options on the second step of the booking process.

Most of the car rental partners we include on the website accept a debit card when you pick up the car; but sometimes these do have different T&Cs associated to them. Ensure that you check the terms and conditions if you intend to pick up the car using a debit card.

You can book using a number of different currencies including US Dollars (USD), British Pounds (GBP), Euros (EUR), South African Rand (ZAR) and Canadian Dollars (CAD).

Our Essential insurance options

Along with being friendly, easy to use and of course, stress free, we offer two different levels of insurance when you book a vehicle with us.

Essential Cover includes key cover, flushing the engine after misfuelling, damage caused to the vehicle, theft, weather and fire and more.

Our essential cover, offered at the same time as you make your car hire booking, is a car hire excess reimbursement policy which covers you on a range of extra charges that standard insurance does not.

FAQs about car hire

What's the cheapest fuel policy for car rental?

All of our rentals include a full to full fuel policy. You'll pick the car up with a full tank of fuel and be asked to leave a small deposit for fuel when you collect the car. The deposit is refunded when you return the car with a full tank.

Are there any hidden charges in your prices for car hire?

We work hard to ensure that the prices you see on our website for your car rental include all costs. Including anything you need to pay when you collect the car

For my car hire, how can I reduce the security deposit?

Insurance excess amounts vary for each car rental supplier and location. You can easily find the lowest security deposit options using our search filters

What should I take with me when I collect the car?

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 Booking confirmation email. Any other requirements at collection will be clearly explained in your booking confirmation email.

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Why choose during the Covid pandemic?

If your plans change we'll process your refund in under 24 hours. All rentals booked with us can be cancelled up until 48 hours before collecting the vehicle

All car hire brands on our website are following local government guidelines re vehicle sterilisation and social distancing at the collection desk.


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