Ecovia Car Hire

Ecovia advertise themselves as the car rental company with a “green soul” whose mission is to promote "sustainable mobility solutions". As part of their parent Autovia group, Ecovia benefits from being part of one of the fastest growing companies in Europe and can be found at over 80 locations across Italy.

All Ecovia vehicles are well serviced and no more than 2 years old. If you can only drive an automatic you’ll have to look elsewhere – all Ecovia vehicles come with a manual transmission only.

Making a car rental booking with Ecovia on our website

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

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

Booking a holiday, let alone renting a car, can be a stressful, costly, ordeal which is why our clever car hire matching technology will find you your dream hire car at your dream price.

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

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

When searching on our website for your rental, information you'll need:

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

Car hire terms

Car Rental excess

Rental car excess
For rentals outside of the US and Canada there is usually an insurance excess held on your card* - this is similar to the excess on your own car in the UK. However, the excess on rental cars is high. It's often in the region of £1,200 to £3,000. If you decide not to insure the excess amount you will be liable to pay for any damage up to the excess amount. Take a look at our Premium Cover hire car options if you'd like to avoid having the excess amount blocked on your card when you collect the car.

Theft liability cover (theft protection)

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

If you choose to insure your excess with an excess reimbursement policy, however, you'll be reimbursed for the of the excess you have to pay (See essential cover). With Premium Cover your excess amount is often reduced.
Theft liability insurance (theft protection)

CDW (Collision damage waiver)

Collision damage waiver (CDW)
CDW provides insurance protection for damage in a similar way the insurance cover you have on your own car does. CDW includes an excess which you can choose to cover with an additional policy (See Excess reimbursement insurance). We also include rental cars that include CDW with no excess amount

Third party liability insurance

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

Third party liability is usually subject to an excess, which means you would need to pay the first part of any claim (usually between £900 to £1,600, varying dependent on the car, the deal and the country). When you insure your excess , you'll be refunded for all of the excess amount you have to pay. If you decide to take out Premium Cover, the excess is often reduced .
Third party liability cover

Fuel policy (full to full vs full to empty)

Fuel policy (full to full vs full to empty)
The hire cars on the site include a fair full to fuel fuel policy.

When you collect you rental you'll be required to pay a deposit for fuel on your credit card when you collect the hire car. Fill the rental up and drop it off full and there will be no additional fees for fuel.

You might see full to empty fuel policies on some other websites that seem to be offering better deals. Be sure to check the terms and conditions for full to empty rentals as the admin and refuelling charges included with full to empty fuel policies always make it more expensive than full to full fuel policies.

Additional driver charges

Car rental contracts is between the car hire company and the person who signs the agreement and will be the main driver. This means you will have to ask for other drivers to be added, and this usually means an additional cost ( can be up to £11a day or even more). However, there are occasional special offers where extra drivers are free. Beware of being asked if you'd like to include a driver without being told the cost.
Additional driver costs

Excess reimbursement insurance

Essential Cover
Buying this policy ensures you'll be refunded for any of the excess you have to pay to the car rental company when you drop off the car.

Excess insurance also usually covers other possible costs, such as towing, cleaning or admin fees, or misfuelling fees.

Ecovia Car Hire with Cross Border Fees Included

Ecovia Car Hire with Cross Border Fees Included

If you want to pick up your rental and take it over the border , you should always review the terms and conditions. Many car rental providers require that you let them know on collection; and will charge extra fees to top up the insurance. If you do not let them know, you might find that the rental car will not be insured when you cross over into a different country.

You'll find the details of cross border charges and fees by clicking Rental terms and viewing the Cross Border Rules section.

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

Ecovia 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.

Ecovia Car Hire without a credit card

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

Hiring a car with Ecovia 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 on hire cars can be high. It's often between £800 to £2,000. If the car is returned damaged, or it's stolen or written off, you will be required to pay some or all of the excess.

On collection of the vehicle, the insurance excess is held on your credit card as a 'pre-auth' transaction. This means that the money isn't charged to your card as a regular transaction, it's held as a pending transaction until you drop off the car. You don't usually 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 without anything further to pay.

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

To view rental options with a £0 or reduced excess take a look at our Premium Cover options.

Renting a Car With Ecovia including Free Cancellation

All the car rentals we list on our website include free cancellation. Free Cancellation means that you can cancel your car hire with a refund at any point up until 48 hours before picking up the vehicle.

If you've purchased our Essential Cover product to cover your car hire excess, you're able to cancel this with a refund anytime up until the booking start time( as printed on your rental confirmation email).

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

Renting a Car With Ecovia including Free Cancellation

How to rent a car with Ecovia including Unlimited Mileage

How to rent a car with Ecovia including Unlimited Mileage

Our website offers limited and unlimited mileage rentals.

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

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

Hiring a Car with Ecovia including Child Seats

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

You'll also have the opportunity to add them to your car rental when making a booking on our website. Child seats are paid for in the 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

Hiring a Car with Ecovia including Child Seats

Hiring a car with Ecovia including One Way Fees

Hiring a car with Ecovia including One Way Fees

Many of the vehicle rental providers we include permit you to collect the car 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 on the website include all extra charges for this. You'll also find a full breakdown of all additional fees on the payment page.

How to find Ecovia Car Hire including a Free Additional Driver

Look out for offers on our website which include a free extra driver bundled into 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.

How to find Ecovia Car Hire including a Free Additional Driver

How to Hire with Ecovia with a Low Security Deposit

How to Hire with Ecovia with a Low Security Deposit

When you pick up the car, you'll be asked to leave a security deposit on your debit card or credit card. The security deposit can vary significantly dependent on the make and model of the car and the excess . Car hire Security deposits can range between £100 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. When you decide to reserve a rental with Premium Cover included, you're often able to reduce the deposit to cover only the cost of a full tank of fuel (usually less than £100), which is refunded when the rental is returned with a full tank.

Ecovia frequently asked questions

What's the best fuel policy for car rental with Ecovia?

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.

Can I cancel my rental with Ecovia 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 do I need when I collect the car from Ecovia?

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.

For my car rental with Ecovia, how can I reduce the insurance excess?

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

Is the car hire fully insured?

Car rentals with SUPPLIER are usually fully insured with an excess amount. You can either purchase Essential cover for the excess or choose Premium cover to reduce the excess amount to zero. We clearly explain all of the insurance details every step of the way.

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