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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

Find Affordable Car Hire with Free Cancellation

All the rentals we list on our website include free cancellation. This means that you're able to cancel the car hire with a refund at any point up until 48 hours before picking up the vehicle.

If you have purchased our Essential Cover product to insure the car hire excess, you're able to cancel this and receive a refund anytime up until the booking start time.

We process all refunds in less than 24 hours. If you decide to cancel your booking, the refund will be back in your bank account within 7 days.

Discover Affordable Car Hire with Cross Border Fees Included

If you want to pick up your rental and take it across the border into a different country, be sure to check the terms and conditions. Many car rental brands insist that you let them know when you collect the car; and usually charge additional fees to top up the insurance. If you fail to do so, it's possible that the rental car will not be insured when you cross over into a different country.

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

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

Discover Affordable Car Hire with Cross Border Fees Included

How to find Affordable Car Hire with Child Seats

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, so long as they meet all of the legal safety requirements for use in your car hire location.

You will also be offered the opportunity to add them to your rental when making a booking on our website. Child seats and booster seats are paid in local currency when collecting the rental. Although it's highly unusual for them to be unavailable, their availability is not guaranteed by most car rental companies

Affordable Car Hire with a Low Security Deposit

When you collect the car, you'll usually be required to leave a security deposit on a debit card or credit card. The security deposit can vary significantly subject to the size of the car and the insurance excess . Car rental Security deposits can be anywhere between £50 and £2,100.

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 (often less than £100), this is fully refunded to your card when the car is returned with a full tank.

Affordable Car Hire with a Low Security Deposit

Affordable Car Hire with One Way Fees included

Affordable Car Hire with One Way Fees included

Many of the car rental providers we work with allow you to pick up your car in one location and return the car at a different location. If you've chosen a different drop off location for your rental, the prices you'll see displayed on the website include all extra charges for this. You can also find a breakdown of the additional fees on the payment page.

How to find Affordable Car Hire with Unlimited Mileage

We offer limited and unlimited mileage rentals.

Limited mileage rentals can often be a cheaper option than unlimited. For limited mileage rentals, the daily mileage limit will always be clearly visibile. If you choose a rental including limited mileage, you'll be charged a per mile additional fee if you exceed the daily allowance. The mileage allowance for the whole rental duration is calculated as (the number of hire days multiplied by the daily mileage allowance). You don't have to stay within the daily allowance on every day, provided that the total miles used throughout the rental does not go over the number of days X the daily allowance.

If you decide to book a limited mileage car hire, it's receommended to check the charges for excess mileage. You can find these in our term and conditions. It's also possible to use the search filters on our website to display rental cars including unlimited mileage which will save you money if you're planning a longer journey

How to find Affordable Car Hire with Unlimited Mileage

Affordable Car Hire with no Excess Held on Your Card

Affordable Car Hire without an Insurance Excess Held on Your Card

The insurance excess is the amount you'd be liable to pay if the vehicle is stolen, written off or severely damaged. However, the excess amount on rental cars can be very high. It's normally between £950 to £3,000. If you return the car damaged, or it's stolen or written off, you will have to pay some or all of the excess.

On collection of the rental car, the insurance excess is held on your credit card as something called a 'pre-auth' transaction. This means that the money is not charged to your credit card as a regular transaction, it's held as a pending payment until you drop off the vehicle. You don't usually pay currency fees on credit cards for pre authorised payments. As long as the vehicle is dropped off in the same condition as when you collected it, this excess amount will be fully refunded to your card without anything additional to pay.

If you intend to pay for your rental by debit card, the excess is taken from your account and fully refunded when the car is returned. If you plan to use debit card on collection, as the excess is often high, we recommend to either buy Premium Cover when you book or to pay for top up insurance at the rental desk.

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

Affordable Car Hire without a credit card

How to find affordable Car Hire with a Free Additional Driver

How to find affordable Car Hire with a Free Additional Driver

You can find deals on our website including a free additional driver bundled into the price. Use the filters on the search results page to find bundled deals. It's also possible to add an additional driver on the extras page before you complete your booking.

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.

Premium cover

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 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.

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.

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.

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).

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Insurance excess and security deposits

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

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 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.

Car hire terminology

Third party liability insurance

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

Third party liability is usually subject to an excess, which means you'll need to pay the first part of any claim (normally between £750 to £1,500, varying dependent on the car, the country and the deal). If you choose to insure the excess amount, you will be reimbursed for any or all of the excess you have to pay. Or if you take out Premium Cover, your excess can be reduced to zero.

Collision damage waiver (CDW)

CDW insures the car for damage in the same way the insurance cover you usually have on your own car does. CDW includes an excess amount which you can choose to insure with an additional policy (See Excess reimbursement insurance). Stress Free Car Rental also include car hire on the site that include CDW with a zero excess
CDW (Collision damage waiver)

Essential Cover

Excess reimbursement insurance
Choosing excess cover means you'll be reimbursed for any of the excess you have to pay to the hire car company when you drop off the car.

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

Theft liability insurance (theft protection)

Theft liability insures the amount due if the rental car is stolen. It is subject to an excess , which means you'll need to pay the first part of any claim (usually between £950 to £2,500, depending on the car, the country and the deal.

When you insure your excess with an excess reimbursement policy, however, you'll be refunded for any of of the excess you pay (See our essential cover). Or with Premium Cover your excess amount can be reduced to zero.
Theft liability insurance (theft protection)

Car hire excess

Car Rental excess
For rentals outside of the US and Canada there's almost always an excess held on your card* - just like on your own car in the UK. The excess on hire cars is high. It's normally in the region of £1,200 to £2,500. If you fail to insure the excess amount you could be liable to pay for any damage up to the excess amount. Check out our Premium Cover rental car options if you'd prefer not to have the excess amount held on your card when you pick up the car.

Fuel policy (full to full vs full to empty)

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

When you collect you rental you'll be asked to pay a deposit for fuel on a credit card when you collect the car. Ensure that you fill the rental up and drop it off full and there will be no additional fees for fuel.

You will see full to empty fuel policies on some other websites that seem to be offering cheaper deals. Always check the terms and conditions for full to empty rentals as usually the refuelling and admin costs included with full to empty fuel policies make it more expensive than full to full fuel policies.
Fuel policy (full to full vs full to empty)

Extra driver fees

Extra driver fees
Car hire agreements is between the hire car company and the individual who signs the contract and will be the named driver. This requires that you need to ask for any other drivers to be added, this usually comes with a cost (which can be up to £13a day ). We often list promotions where extra drivers are free. Beware of being asked if you'd like to add a driver without being told the cost.

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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