Discover your Car Hire

We've made discovering your perfect car hire incredibly easy. Whether you're looking to find the cheapest rental, a rental including full insurance or a rental with zero excess and no deposit, you can use the filters on our search results page to discover car hire that meets your requirements and budget.

How to Discover Car Hire with One Way Fees included

Many of the vehicle rental brands we include allow you to collect your car in one location and drop off the vehicle at a different location. If you have chosen a different drop off location for the rental, the prices displayed on our website will include any additional charges for this. You can also see a full breakdown of all additional charges on the payment page.

How to Discover Car Hire with a Free Additional Driver

We include all of the deals on our website which include 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.

How to Discover Car Hire without an Insurance Excess Held on Your Credit Card

The excess is the total amount you'd be required to pay if the vehicle is written off, severely damaged or stolen. The excess amount on rental cars can be very expensive. It's normally between £900 to £2,200. If you return the car damaged, or it's stolen or written off, you'll have to pay up to the total amount of the excess.

When you pick up the car, the insurance excess is held on your credit card as something called a 'pre authorised' transaction. This means that the amount isn't charged to your card as a normal payment, it's held as a pending transaction until you return the vehicle. You don't normally have to pay currency charges on credit cards for pre authorised payments, so provided the rental car is returned in the same condition as when it was collected, the excess amount will be fully refunded to your credit card with nothing additional to pay.

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

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

How to Discover Car Hire with a Reduced Security Deposit

At the collection desk, you'll be required to leave a security deposit on a credit card or debit card. The security deposit vary significantly subject to the make and model of the car and the excess amount. Car rental Security deposits can range between £100 and £2,000.

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 choose to book a rental with Premium Cover included, you can reduce the deposit to cover only fuel (often less than £100), this is fully refunded to your card when the vehicle is returned with a full tank.

Discovering Car Hire and Cross Border Fees

If you'd like to collect your vehicle and take it over the border into a different country, you should always check the terms and conditions. Many car hire brands require that you inform them when you collect the car; and will charge extra fees to top up your insurance. If you do not let them know, it's possible that your rental will not be insured if you take the rental into a different country.

You'll 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 information for your car hire get in touch with one of our car rental advisors and they'll be happy to help.

Discover Car Hire with Unlimited Mileage

Our website offers both limited and unlimited mileage rental.

Limited mileage rentals are often cheaper than unlimited. When considering limited mileage rentals, the daily mileage limit is always 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 total mileage allowance for the whole rental is calculated as (the number of hire days X the daily allowance). You do not have to stay within the daily allowance on every day, provided that the total miles used during the rental doesn't go over the number of days X the daily limit.

When you choose a limited mileage rental, it's receommended to check the fees for excess mileage. You can find these in our T&Cs section. You can also use the filters on our website to display hire cars including unlimited mileage which will save money if you're planning a longer trip

How to Discover Car Hire with Child Seats or booster seats

You're allowed to use your own child seats for your vehicle rental, provided that they meet all of the legal safety requirements for use in your car hire location.

You'll have the option to add them to your car rental when making a booking on the website. Child seats are paid in local currency when picking up the car.

Discover 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.

Discovering Car Hire with Free Cancellation

All the car rentals we offer include a free cancellation policy. Free Cancellation means that you can cancel the rental and receive a full refund anytime until 48 hours before you collect the car.

When you purchase our Essential Cover product to insure the car rental excess, you're able to cancel this and receive a refund up until the booking start time.

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

Why choose Stress Free Car Rental?

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

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

Booking couldn't be easier, there are filtering options and everything possible has been explained with key information explained in each section.

We don't hide any charges, from the get-go, we are completely transparent.

Picking up at the airport but not sure of your flight number? It's ok! - you can book your rental now and add the flight number to your booking later on. Including your flight number will help the car hire company to wait for you if your flight is delayed. We recommend that you check the terms and conditions to understand what to do if your flight is cancelled or delayed.

Things to check when collecting your vehicle rental

You will have been provided with car rental pick up location instructions with your confirmation email. Take time to read through how to get to the car hire pick up location before you begin your trip

All the cars listed on our website include a full to full fuel policy. We recommend that you double check that the fuel tank is full prior to setting off. If it isn't you should inform the car hire company before driving away

If you've purchased Essential excess cover on our website or you've your own policy, we recommend to take some time to check the vehicle for pre existing damage. Also spend some time taking photographs on your phone of each part of the vehicle. If there is damage on the vehicle that isn't mentioned in your hire contract you must inform the car hire company

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

If you haven't done so already ,check the carrental terms. There may be extra fees for crossing borders etc so make sure you understand these.

Why Stress Free Car Rental is different

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

We work hard to ensure that we provide you with all of the best car rental prices in with no hidden fees.

So, the reason we do things a bit differently is because we got annoyed with seeing customers being hit with unexpected fees and knew we could do a better job.

Our technology checks millions of car rental prices at 1000s of car hire locations to hunt down great offers and ensure that booking them on the website as quick, easy and Stress Free as possible

We won't be beaten on price. Our car hire price match guarantee means that if you find the same hire car at a lower price, we'll match it.

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Hire car excess

For rentals outside of the US and Canada there's usually an insurance excess to pay* - just like on your own car in the UK. The excess on rental cars can be very high. It's normally between £1,200 to £2,700. If you fail to cover the excess you will be liable to pay for any damage up to the value of the excess amount. Check out the Premium Cover hire car options if you'd like to avoid having the excess amount held on your credit card when you pick up the car.

Essential Cover

Purchasing essential cover ensures you'll be refunded for the excess you have to pay to the car hire company when you drop off the car.

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

Theft liability cover (theft protection)

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

When you insure your excess , however, you will be refunded for any of of the excess you pay (See our essential cover). Or with Premium Cover your excess can be reduced to zero.

Additional driver costs

Car rental contracts is between the car hire company and the one individual that signs the agreement and will be the main driver. This requires that you need to ask for any other drivers to be added, and this usually comes with a cost ( can be up to £13a day or even more). We often list promotions where extra drivers are free. Beware of being asked if you'd like to add a driver without being informed of the price.

Third party liability cover

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

Third party liability is usually subject to an excess, this means you would have to pay the first part of any claim (usually between £900 to £1,500, varying dependent 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 you have to pay. If you decide to take out Premium Cover, the excess is often reduced .

Fuel policy (full to full vs full to empty)

The hire cars on the site always come with a fair full to fuel fuel policy.

You'll be asked to pay a small deposit for fuel on a credit card when you collect the rental. Ensure that you fill the car up and drop it off full and there will be nothing further to pay for fuel.

You might find full to empty policies on other websites that seem to be cheaper deals. Be sure to check the terms and conditions for full to empty rentals as usually the admin and refuelling fees included with full to empty fuel policies always make it more expensive than full to full fuel policies.

CDW (Collision damage waiver)

It provides insurance protection for damage in a similar way the insurance cover you have on your personal vehicle does. It usually includes an excess which you can insure with an additional policy (See Excess reimbursement insurance). We also include cars that include CDW with a zero excess

Frequently asked questions about car hire

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

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

Can I cancel my rental if I change my mind?

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

What's the cheapest fuel policy for car hire?

All of our rentals include a full to full fuel policy. You'll pick the car up 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 do I need 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.

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

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

Making a booking

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

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

Once your booking has 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 the status of your booking including prices and payments.

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

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

When searching on our website 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

Car rental insurance, excess and security deposits

We get how frightening and daunting picking a hire car excess cover product can be. The extra fees that are included in the price of hiring a car are often very confusing, these include:

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

What are Stress Free Car Rental all about?

We work hard to make sure that car rental on your trip is simple!

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

Confused by security deposits? Stress Free Car Rental is here to guide you every step of the way. We work hard to deliver complete clarity when it comes to insurance excess and all of the other fees involved.

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Stress Free Car Rental's Premium cover option

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

So that you can make an informed decision regarding which car rental insurance product is best for you, we work closely with our car rental partners to provide you the ability to rent a car including a Premium cover product.

A lot of our clients decide to choose the Premium Cover option when they're are hiring a car because it usually lowers the security deposit for the excess to zero meaning that the customer has no large security deposit or car hire insurance excess risk. You can also often pay with debit cards with Premium Cover if using a credit card is a problem.

Our Essential insurance options

As well as being friendly, easy to use and of course, stress free, we also offer two different levels of insurance when you book a car with us.

Essential cover, offered at the same time as you make your vehicle booking, is a car hire excess reimbursement policy which covers you on a wide-range of extra charges that standard insurance doesn't.

Essential cover doesn't cover things like loss of theft/damage to content in the car, third party injury mechanical repairs, cleaning fees. For more details see the terms and conditions on the extras page of the website

Car rental in made easy

Stress Free Car Rental are based in Manchester UK and we're on a mission to make hiring a car Stress Free for our customers

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

Vehicle Makes at each car hire location can vary. You will always be provided with a car in the same vehicle class but the exact make may vary from the one listed. If you require a particular make, at most car rental locations we offer options to reserve guaranteed models from selected suppliers . Use the filters on the site to find guaranteed model options.

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

Extra drivers are available to pre book on our website on the extras page. In most cases you will pay for extra drivers when you pick up your rental.

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

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Paying for Car hire using a debit card and other ways to pay.

Pay with Visa, Mastercard or an American Express credit card or a debit card provided by a bank or credit card company when hiring through us.

Stress Free Car Rental accepts a huge number of different currencies including British Pounds (GBP),US Dollars (USD) and South African Rand (ZAR).

Would you prefer us to accept payments using something other than credit card or debit card? Feel free to contact us and let us know. We're always open to new ideas about how to enhance our service to make booking your car hire a Stress Free experience.

It can be useful to know the payment options for your car rental in , as some payments for add ons (such as Sat Nav and child seats) might have to be paid for in local currency (by credit card or debit card) at the rental car collection desk.

Lots of the car rental brands we include on the website will accept a debit card when you collect the car; sometimes these do have different T&Cs related to them. Ensure that you check the terms if you plan to pick up the car using a debit card.

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Why choose StressFreeCarRental.com 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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