Alamo Car Hire

Alamo is the budget brand from the Enterprise group of companies. Like all the Enterprise fleet, Alamo vehicles are usually less than 2 years old and, as you’ll be served from the same office, you also benefit from Enterprise’s award-winning levels of customer service.

In comparison to the sister Enterprise and National brands, you will find that Alamo’s vehicles are cheaper and the range of vehicles is usually more basic. In some countries, Alamo vehicles also come with a slightly higher insurance excess and/or deposit amount.

Alamo is easily one of our most popular brands, especially for leisure travellers to North America, and is recommended for those customers who want to book with a well-known and trusted brand but are still looking for good value for money.

Example car hire terms at Faro with Alamo

At a glance

Driver Requirements

When collecting the vehicle, the lead driver must present the following:

  • Photo driver's license
  • Passport
  • Credit card in the lead driver's name
  • Booking confirmation email

Security Deposit

When collecting your vehicle you will be required to leave a security deposit ( €300 including €100 for fuel ) on your credit card. This will be refunded on return so long as your vehicle is not stolen or damaged.

The supplier accepts all major credit cards. No other form of payment will be accepted.

Fuel Policy

Full to full - Your vehicle will be provided with a full fuel tank at the start of your rental. You are responsible for returning the vehicle with a full fuel tank. If the vehicle is returned with less fuel you will be required to pay for the fuel needed to return the fuel level to full at the per liter rate stated on your rental agreement plus a refueling charge of €30.

If you may be unwilling or unable to refuel prior to returning the vehicle, you can enquire about pre-paying a tank of fuel at the collection desk.

Mileage Policy

Unlimited

Your vehicle includes unlimited mileage.

Fees and Taxes

All taxes are included in this rate.

Vehicle Collection

Directions

In Terminal: The collection desk is located within the airport terminal building. Follow the signs after passport control and baggage collection

Driver's License

When collecting the car, the lead and any additional drivers must present their full, valid driver's license. Photocopies are not accepted.

Each driver must have had this license for at least 1 year.

All driver's must be at least 18 years of age and no older than 80.

If your driver's license contains characters which are not in the Roman Alphabet, you will also require an International Driver's License.

Credit/Debit Card

When you collect your vehicle you must present a valid credit card in the lead driver's name on which a security deposit will be charged. This is held on your card (meaning the funds are unavailable) until the vehicle is returned.

The supplier accepts all major credit cards.

No other forms of payment (including debit cards, cash, cheque and prepaid cards) will be accepted.

Rental Agreement

Once your paperwork has been inspected, you will be asked to sign a Rental Agreement. This is a contract between you and the car hire company and contains the terms and conditions for your rental. The agreement may include some location-specific conditions as well as setting out the limitations of any cover you have and the extra costs you may be liable for. You will be given the keys once you and any additional drivers have signed the agreement but don't rush, once you've signed you are legally bound to the terms of that document.

Cross Border Rules

From mainland Portugal you must inform staff at the collection desk if you will be taking the vehicle to another country so that breakdown cover and insurance can be extended. This cross border fee (Green Card) will cost €73.80 (inclusive of VAT) and allows travel to any country in the European Economic Community (incl. Switzerland).

Ferry travel is not permitted and rentals originating on the islands of Madeira and Azores must remain on the island on which the vehicle was collected.

Insurance and Cover

Included in the price

This product includes Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) with Theft Protection and Third Party Liability Cover. This means that you are insured for damage to or theft of the vehicle and also against any third party claims. Should there be a claim, you will be liable up to the value of the excess payment unless additional insurance is taken out.

Roadside Assistance is provided but you may be liable for the costs should you deemed to be at fault.

Exclusions

The standard insurance included in this product does not cover you damage to the wheels/tyres, lost keys, optional accessories, mis-fueling or towing charges where driver at fault.

You are not covered for death or injury to yourself or any passengers and nor are your own personal belongings covered. You will be offered Personal Accident Insurance and Personal Effects Insurance at the collection desk.

Insurance Excess

This vehicle comes with basic cover for theft or damage to the vehicle.

Should there be any damage, you will be liable for up to €1180.80 inclusive of taxes.

You will be offered excess protection cover at the colleciton desk

Please pay attention to the procedure for reporting an incident which will be explained in your rental agreement at the collection desk. Failing to follow this procedure could result in you being liable for the full value of the claim.

Additional Info

Fuel Options

Depending on the supplier, you will typically have two choices when it comes to paying for fuel.

  • Full to Full: This is usually the most cost effective option. The vehicle will be fuill when you collect and you must fill it up again just prior to return. If you select this policy and do not re-fill the vehicle, the supplier will charge you for the fuel you have used at a price that is often higher than would be charged at a local service station.
  • Pre-paid: This is the most convenient option. You pre-pay your tank of fuel (including a service charge) which means you collect the vehicle full and can return it empty at no extra charge. Note that you will not be refunded for fuel you do not use. Some suppliers give us the "pre-paid" rate where we include this in your price but usually we offer "Full to Full" and you would ask to pre-pay your tank at the collection desk.
XXX Your fuel policy options will be explained at the collection desk.

Additional Drivers

Additional drivers are added at the time of collection. The additional driver fee is €5 per day to a maximum charge of €50.

As with the main driver, the additional drivers must be at least 18 (depending on vehicle class). Be aware that larger or more expensive vehicles require all drivers to be 21 or, in some cases, 25 or older.

Other Extras

When driving in Portugal, children who are less than 12 years old or 135 cm (4 ft, 5 in) must use appropriate child restraints. The supplier provides Child Seats for €7.65 per day (max €80) and Booster Seats for €6.45 per day (max €60).

Toll Pass Device - You must pay tolls to use the Portuguese "autoestrada" (motorway) system. By renting this device, you can drive through the tolls without stopping and your rental company will bill your credit card for any tolls after you return the vehicle.

GPS units are charged at €11.07 per day to a maximum of €110.70.. A Wifi data hotspot is available for €6.15 per day (max €61.50). Both these items are available only at airport locations.

We recommend requesting any extras in advance as part of your booking to help ensure availability (especially GPS and Wifi). All prices include VAT and all extras are paid for on collection.

Changes to length of rental

Customers are always advised to contact their rental office should they be late for collection. The supplier reserves the right to cancel your booking should you be more than 1 hour late unless agreed otherwise.

On returning the vehicle you will have a 29 minute grace period for late returns before you will be charged for a whole, additional day's rental.

It may be possible to extend your rental subject to vehicle availability. You must return in person with the vehicle to one of the supplier's offices to do this.

General Terms

Cancellations
It is free to cancel your booking at any time until 48 hours before collecting the vehicle. Once within 48 hours of collection, you will not be able to cancel your booking and any payments made cannot be refunded.

Amendments
If you wish to make changes to your booking, you will most likely be required to cancel and rebook. There is no cost for cancellations. If you only wish to change your flight or phone number, you can email our customer services team on help@stressfreecarrental.com.

Refunds after vehicle collection
The suppler may refuse collection of your vehicle for reasons such as not being fit to drive, missing required identification or not having the correc type of payment card in the lead driver's name with sufficient funds available. In the event of such a refusal, no payments made will be refunded.

The supplier does not offer credit or refunds for early returns of the vehicle.

In the event of "Delayed Charges" (fines, motorway tolls, failing to refuel, extra days, damages, loss and any associated admin charges), your Security Deposit may only be part-refunded.

Vehicle Types
Unless we indicate a "guaranteed model", vehicles are reserved by class of vehicle and not by make and model. The vehicles displayed are the commonly used models for our partners in your chosen country. If that particular vehicle is not available, the supplier will typically offer another vehicle of the same or higher class at no additional cost.

Disabled Passengers
If you are travelling with disabled passengers, be sure to forward your confirmation email to help@stressfreecarrental.com with any special requirements and we will forward these to the supplier for you. We can't offer any guarantees that they will be able to help but we're happy to try. If you're collecting from an airport, providing your flight number will help.

Disclaimer
The Rental Terms displayed on stressfreecarrental.com are a summary of the rental company's own terms and conditions. We take every care to present the important details from these legal documents in a way that is easier for our customers to understand but, in so doing, some of the finer details may have been omitted. The rental company's terms are also subject to change; all efforts are made to keep our information up to date but there will inevitably be a small delay before we can do so. The full terms and conditions will be supplied as part of your Rental Agreement that you will receive and must sign before your rental can begin. If any customer would like to read the full terms and conditions prior to collecting their vehicle, please contact our customer support team.

Making a car rental booking with Alamo on our website

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

Once your bookings been made, managing it couldn't be easier, you'll receive a booking reference which can be used, along with your email address, to check your booking including prices and payments.

To start your stress free booking process, simply head over to our homepage and type in the required details then in just a few seconds we'll bring up some brilliant deals based on your details.

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

  1. Pickup location & car hire
  2. Pick-up & drop-off date
  3. Pick-up time and drop-off time
  4. The age of the driver

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

Car hire during the COVID pandemic

As always ensuring safety remains our highest priority. As before the crisis and throughout Stress Free Car Rental provide free cancellation with a full refund on all car rental including insurance. Whilst the current situation is ongoing, we have reduced the amount of time it takes to process refunds, we process all refunds within 1 business day of receiving the customer cancellation request - with the refund clearing to the customer's credit card in less than a week.

Enhanced car rental cleaning procedures

All of our car rental providers are carrying out additional cleaning procedures, following the applicable local regulations, during the ongoing COVID pandemic. The following is an summary of some of the extra steps being carried out.

Enterprise, Alamo and National locations in are providing a complete clean pledge. Involving the deep cleaning every vehicle between each rental ,including disinfecting the car keys.

We will continue to update this information as soon as new information becomes available.

FAQs about Alamocar hire

What's the cheapest fuel policy for car hire with Alamo?

All of our rentals with SUPPLIER include a full to full fuel policy. You'll collect the car with a full tank 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.

What's the cheapest car rental price in Faro Portugal?

The cheapest price for a week in Faro Portugal for November is GBP192.51 with car rental supplier Alamo. We compare prices from all of the leading car rental companies. Order your search results by price to find the best deal

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

Security deposit amounts vary for each car rental supplier. You can easily find the lowest insurance excess options using our search filters

Which car rental brands are available in Faro Portugal?

The following car rental suppliers are available in Faro Portugal: Alamo.

Renting a Car With Alamo including Free Cancellation

Renting a Car With Alamo including Free Cancellation

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

When you purchase our Essential Cover product to cover your car rental excess, you're able to cancel this and receive a refund anytime up until the rental collection time.

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

How to Hire with Alamo with a Low Security Deposit

At the collection desk, you will usually be asked to leave a security deposit on a credit card or debit card. Security deposits can vary significantly dependent on the make and model of the vehicle and the excess amount. Car hire Security deposits can range between £0 and £2,200.

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

How to Hire with Alamo with a Low Security Deposit

Alamo Car Hire with Cross Border Fees Included

Alamo Car Hire with Cross Border Fees Included

If you plan to collect your vehicle and take it over the border , we strongly recommend to check the terms and conditions. Almost all car hire brands insist that you let them know when you collect the car; and usually charge extra fees to top up your 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 policies by clicking Rental terms and viewing the Cross Border Rules section.

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

Hiring a car with Alamo without an Excess Held on Your Credit Card

The insurance excess is the total amount you'd be required to pay if the car is severely damaged, written off or stolen. However, the excess amount on hire cars can be high. It's normally between £1,000 to £3,000, depending on the car, the country and the deal. If the car is returned damaged, or it's stolen or written off, you'll have to pay some or all of the excess.

When you pick up the hire car, the excess is held on your credit card as something called a 'pre-auth' transaction. Pre Auth means that the money isn't taken from your credit card as a regular payment, it's held as a pending payment until you return the vehicle. You don't normally have to pay foreign currency charges on credit cards for pre authorised payments, so provided the vehicle is dropped off in the same condition as when you collected it, the amount will be fully refunded to your card without anything additional to pay.

If you plan to pay by debit card, the insurance excess will be taken from your account and refunded when the car is returned. If you intend to use a debit card on collection, as the excess can be very high, we recommend to either buy Premium Cover on our website or to buy top up cover at the collection desk.

If you'd like to hire a car with a £0 or reduced insurance excess take a look at our Premium Cover options.

Hiring a car with Alamo without an Excess Held on Your Credit Card

How to find Alamo Car Hire including a Free Additional Driver

How to find Alamo Car Hire including a Free Additional Driver

We include all of the offers on our website including a free extra driver bundled with the price. You can 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 enter your driver details.

Hiring a car with Alamo including One Way Fees

Most of the vehicle rental brands we work with allow you to pick up the vehicle in one location and drop off the vehicle 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 any additional charges for this. You can also see a full breakdown of all additional charges on the payment page.

Hiring a car with Alamo including One Way Fees

Alamo Car Hire without a credit card

Alamo 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 rent a car with Alamo including Unlimited Mileage

Our website offers unlimited and limited mileage rentals.

Limited mileage rentals can often be less expensive 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 liable to pay an additional fee if you go above the daily allowance. The mileage allowance for the whole rental is calculated as (the number of hire days multiplied by the daily mileage allowance). You don't have to remain within the daily limit on every day, as long as the total miles used during the rental doesn't exceed the number of days multiplied by the daily limit.

If you opt for a limited mileage car hire, 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 hire cars including unlimited mileage which can save you money if you're planning a longer journey

How to rent a car with Alamo including Unlimited Mileage

Hiring a Car with Alamo including Child Seats

Hiring a Car with Alamo including Child Seats

You're allowed to use your own child seats and booster seats for your vehicle 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 include them with your rental when making a booking on our website. Child seats are paid for in the local currency when collecting the car.

Example Alamo car hire prices at Faro

Pickup on 2020-11-09 at 10:00, dropoff on 2020-11-14 at 09:30 in Faro for a 35 year old lead driver

Alamo Small cars available at Faro

VOLKSWAGEN UP

4-seat Mini
or similar

VOLKSWAGEN UP
Passengers: 4
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £270
Damage excess: £1061
Theft excess: £1061
More info
Alamo

£192.51

RENAULT CLIO

5-seat Economy
or similar

RENAULT CLIO
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £270
Damage excess: £1061
Theft excess: £1061
More info
Alamo

£211.79

Alamo Medium cars available at Faro

RENAULT MEGANE

5-seat Compact
or similar

RENAULT MEGANE
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £270
Damage excess: £1771
Theft excess: £1771
More info
Alamo

£475.55

MERCEDES A CLASS

5-seat CompactElite
or similar

MERCEDES A CLASS
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
More info
Alamo

£490.58

RENAULT MEGANE

5-seat Compact
or similar

RENAULT MEGANE
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £270
Damage excess: £1771
Theft excess: £1771
More info
Alamo

£250.29

RENAULT CAPTUR

5-seat Compact
or similar

RENAULT CAPTUR
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £270
Damage excess: £1771
Theft excess: £1771
More info
Alamo

£327.28

FORD FOCUS STW

5-seat Compact
or similar

FORD FOCUS STW
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £270
Damage excess: £1771
Theft excess: £1771
More info
Alamo

£308.04

Alamo Large cars available at Faro

AUDI A3

5-seat Intermediate
or similar

AUDI A3
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £450
Damage excess: £2543
Theft excess: £2543
More info
Alamo

£346.56

AUDI A3

5-seat Intermediate
or similar

AUDI A3
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
More info
Alamo

£480.55

AUDI A4

5-seat Fullsize
or similar

AUDI A4
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £450
Damage excess: £2543
Theft excess: £2543
More info
Alamo

£485.56

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT

5-seat Standard
or similar

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
More info
Alamo

£485.56

AUDI A4

5-seat Fullsize
or similar

AUDI A4
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £450
Damage excess: £2543
Theft excess: £2543
More info
Alamo

£500.59

SEAT ALHAMBRA

7-seat Standard
or similar

SEAT ALHAMBRA
Passengers: 7
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £450
Damage excess: £2543
Theft excess: £2543
More info
Alamo

£924.15

FORD GALAXY

7-seat Intermediate
or similar

FORD GALAXY
Passengers: 7
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £450
Damage excess: £2543
Theft excess: £2543
More info
Alamo

£885.66

NISSAN QASHQAI

5-seat Intermediate
or similar

NISSAN QASHQAI
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 3
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £450
Damage excess: £2543
Theft excess: £2543
More info
Alamo

£342.70

Alamo Premium cars available at Faro

MERCEDES C CLASS

5-seat Premium
or similar

MERCEDES C CLASS
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
More info
Alamo

£550.64

BMW 5 SERIES

5-seat Luxury
or similar

BMW 5 SERIES
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 3
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
More info
Alamo

£616.11

MERCEDES C CLASS

5-seat Premium
or similar

MERCEDES C CLASS
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
More info
Alamo

£575.68

FORD GALAXY

7-seat Premium
or similar

FORD GALAXY
Passengers: 7
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £450
Damage excess: £2543
Theft excess: £2543
More info
Alamo

£729.20

MERCEDES C220

5-seat Premium
or similar

MERCEDES C220
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
More info
Alamo

£863.50

BMW 5 SERIES TOURING

5-seat Luxury
or similar

BMW 5 SERIES TOURING
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
More info
Alamo

£677.70

Alamo People Carrier cars available at Faro

SEAT ALHAMBRA

7-seat Standard
or similar

SEAT ALHAMBRA
Passengers: 7
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £450
Damage excess: £2543
Theft excess: £2543
More info
Alamo

£924.15

FORD GALAXY

7-seat Intermediate
or similar

FORD GALAXY
Passengers: 7
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £450
Damage excess: £2543
Theft excess: £2543
More info
Alamo

£885.66

Alamo SUV cars available at Faro

RENAULT CAPTUR

5-seat Compact
or similar

RENAULT CAPTUR
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £270
Damage excess: £1771
Theft excess: £1771
More info
Alamo

£327.28

NISSAN QASHQAI

5-seat Intermediate
or similar

NISSAN QASHQAI
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 3
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £450
Damage excess: £2543
Theft excess: £2543
More info
Alamo

£342.70

Alamo Estate cars available at Faro

FORD FOCUS STW

5-seat Compact
or similar

FORD FOCUS STW
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £270
Damage excess: £1771
Theft excess: £1771
More info
Alamo

£308.04

MERCEDES C220

5-seat Premium
or similar

MERCEDES C220
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
More info
Alamo

£863.50

BMW 5 SERIES TOURING

5-seat Luxury
or similar

BMW 5 SERIES TOURING
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
More info
Alamo

£677.70

Car rental terms explained

Third party liability cover

Third party liability cover
Third party liability insurance provides protection in case you cause an incident. If you do, it might kill or injure others (for instance your passengers, people in other vehicles or pedestrians), or damage property (their vehicle, house or possessions, for example). As legally they need to be covered, you'd be responsible any claim, or treating injuries or financially covering loss of earnings, as well as the third party's legal fees 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 £900 to £1,700, depending on the value of the car, the deal and the country). When you cover the excess amount, you will be refunded for any or all of the excess amount you have to pay. Or if you take out Premium Cover, your excess amount is often reduced .

Insurance excess

For rentals outside of the US and Canada there is usually an excess to pay* - this is similar to the excess on domestic car insurance in the UK. However, the excess on rental cars is very high. It's usually in the region of £1,100 to £3,000. If you decide not to insure the excess amount you could be liable to pay for damage up to the excess . Check out the Premium Cover car rental options if you'd prefer not to have the excess amount blocked on your credit card when you pick up the car.
Hire car excess

Collision damage waiver (CDW)

Collision damage waiver (CDW)
CDW provides insurance protection for damage in a similar way the insurance you have on your own vehicle does. CDW usually includes an excess which you can choose to cover separately (See Excess reimbursement insurance). Our website also list car hire that include CDW with a zero excess

Excess reimbursement insurance

Buying excess cover ensures you'll be reimbursed for any of the excess that's held on your credit card by the rental car company when you drop off the car.

This insurance also tends to cover other potential costs, such as towing, cleaning or admin fees, or misfuelling costs.
Excess reimbursement insurance

Extra driver fees

Extra driver costs
Car rental contracts is between the hire car company and the individual who signs the agreement and will be the named driver. This means you have to ask for any other drivers to be added, this usually comes with a cost (which can be up to £10a 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.

Theft liability insurance (theft protection)

Theft liability insures the amount due if the hire car is stolen. It is subject to an excess amount, this means you would have to pay the first part of any claim (normally between £800 to £1,500, depending on the car, the country and the deal.

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

Fuel policy (full to full vs full to empty)

Fuel policy (full to full vs full to empty)
The hire cars on our site come with a full to fuel fuel policy.

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

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