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.

Car rental terminology

Fuel policy (full to full vs full to empty)

The hire cars on our site always include a full to fuel fuel policy.

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's nothing further to pay for fuel.

You will see full to empty fuel policies on some other sites that seem to be cheaper deals. Be sure to check the small print for full to empty rentals as usually the refuelling and admin costs included with full to empty fuel policies always make it much more expensive than full to full .

Excess Insurance

Buying this policy ensures you'll be reimbursed for the excess you have to pay to the car hire company .

Excess insurance also tends to cover other possible costs, like cleaning, towing, admin fees and misfuelling costs.

Hire car excess

For rentals outside of the US and Canada there is usually an excess to pay* - just like on domestic car insurance in the UK. However, the excess on rental cars can be very high. It's often between £1,200 to £2,500. If you decide not to cover the insurance excess you will be liable to pay for any damage to the car up to the value of the excess . Check out our Premium Cover car rental options if you'd prefer not to have a large amount blocked on your card when you collect the car.

Theft liability insurance (theft protection)

It insures the amount due if the hire car is stolen. Theft liability usually includes an excess amount, which means you'll be required to pay the first part of an insurance claim (usually between £900 to £2,500, depending on the car, the country and the deal.

If you choose to insure your excess , however, you'll be refunded for the of the excess you pay (See our essential cover). With Premium Cover your excess amount is often reduced.

Collision damage waiver (CDW)

It insures the car for damage in a similar way the insurance cover you have on your personal car does. CDW includes an excess amount which you can insure with an additional policy (See Excess reimbursement insurance). Our website also include rental cars on the site that include CDW with a zero excess

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 their property (their vehicle, house or possessions, for example). As legally they need to be covered, 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 fees.

Third party liability is subject to an excess, which means you'll need to pay the first part of any claim (usually between £850 to £1,600, varying dependent on the value of the car, the deal and the country). When you insure your excess amount, you'll be reimbursed for any or all of the excess amount you have to pay. If you decide to take out Premium Cover, the excess amount can be reduced to zero.

Extra driver charges

A rental contract is between the car hire company and the one person that signs the agreement and will be the named driver. This requires that you have to ask for other drivers to be added, and this usually comes with a cost ( can be up to £11a day or even more). We often list promotions that include extra drivers are free. Beware of being asked if you'd like to add a driver without being informed of the cost.

FAQs about Alamo car hire

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

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

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 security deposit options using our search filters

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 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 with Alamo?

We work hard to make sure 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

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 rent through us you're getting the best price, value and service.

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

Renting a car, let along booking a holiday, can be a stressful, surprisingly 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. Pickup location & car hire
  2. Pick-up & drop-off date
  3. Pick-up time and drop-off time
  4. The drivers age

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

Example 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 availability at FARO INTL AIRPORT

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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.

Hiring a Car with Alamo including Child Seats;

You can use your own child seats and booster seats for your car rental, as long as they meet the legal safety requirements for use in your car hire location.

You'll have the opportunity to include them with your rental when you make a booking on the website. Child seats are paid in the local currency when collecting the rental.

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

The excess is the amount you would be required to pay if the vehicle is stolen, written off or severely damaged. However, the excess on hire cars can be expensive. It's normally between £800 to £2,200, depending on the car, the country and the deal. If you return the car damaged, or it's stolen or written off, you will have to pay some or all of the excess.

When you arrive to collect the car, the excess is held on your card as something called a 'pre-auth' transaction. Pre Auth means that the money is not taken from your credit card as a regular payment, it's held as a pending transaction until you drop off the car. You won't usually pay currency fees on credit cards for pre authorised payments, so provided the car is returned in the same condition as when you collected it, this amount is fully refunded to your credit card with nothing additional to pay.

If you're paying by debit card, the insurance excess amount is taken from your bank account and fully refunded when the vehicle is dropped off. If you intend to use debit card on collection, as the excess amount can be high, it's recommended to buy Premium Cover when you book or to buy top up cover at the rental desk.

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

How to Hire with Alamo with a Low Security Deposit;

At the collection desk, you'll usually be required to leave a security deposit on a credit card or debit card. The security deposit can vary significantly dependent on the size of the car and the excess . Car rental Security deposits can vary between £50 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. When you decide to book a rental with Premium Cover included, you're often able to reduce your deposit to cover only fuel (often less than £100), which is refunded when the rental is returned with a full tank.

Hiring a car with Alamo including One Way Fees

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

How to rent a car with Alamo including Unlimited Mileage;

We offer limited and unlimited mileage rental.

Limited mileage rentals are often a cheaper option than unlimited. For limited mileage rentals, the daily mileage allowance is always clearly displayed. If you decide to book a rental with limited mileage, you will be liable to pay a per mile additional fee if you go above the daily allowance. The mileage allowance for the rental duration is calculated as (the number of hire days X the daily allowance). You do not have to remain within the daily allowance on every day, provided that the total miles used throughout the rental doesn't go over the number of days multiplied by the daily allowance.

When you choose a limited mileage car hire, it's receommended to check the fees for excess mileage. You'll find these in our term and conditions section.

Renting a Car With Alamo including Free Cancellation

All the rentals we list on our website include free cancellation. This means that you're able to cancel your rental with a full refund anytime until 48 hours before picking up the vehicle.

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

All refunds are processed by us in less than 24 hours. If you have to cancel your booking, the refund will be in your bank account within 7 days.

Alamo Car Hire with Cross Border Fees Included;

If you plan to collect your rental and drive it across the border , be sure to review the terms and conditions. Most car rental providers require that you let them know on collection; and usually charge extra fees to top up your insurance. If you fail to do so, it's possible that your rental will not be insured when you cross over into a different country.

You can 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 terms and conditions get in touch with our car rental advisors and they'll be happy to help.

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.

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