Holiday Car Hire

Looking for the best deal for holiday car hire? We compare car hire deals at 1,000s of holiday destinations including Spain, Portugal, South Africa, Australia and the USA. Our website always includes full explanations of all of the insurance options and information about how much the security deposit will be. Wherever available, we also include the option to book with no deposit. So, wherever you're going on holiday, you're sure to find the best deal for your car hire on our website.

Comparing Holiday Car Hire with Free Cancellation

All of the car rentals we offer include free cancellation. Free Cancellation means that you can cancel the car hire and receive a refund at any point up until 48 hours before picking up the vehicle.

If you have purchased the Essential Cover product to cover your car hire excess, you can cancel this with a refund anytime up until the booking collection time.

All refunds are processed by us in less than 24 hours. If you have to cancel the booking, this means that the money will be back in your bank account in 7 days.

Holiday 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.

Holiday Car Hire with Unlimited Mileage

Our website offers both limited and unlimited mileage rental.

Limited mileage rentals are often cheaper than unlimited. For limited mileage rentals, the daily mileage limit is always clearly visibile. If you choose a rental with limited mileage, you'll be charged a per mile additional fee if you exceed the daily allowance. The total mileage allowance for the rental is calculated as (the number of hire days multiplied by the daily allowance). You don't have to remain within the daily allowance on every day, as long as the total miles used during the rental does not exceed the number of days multiplied by the daily limit.

If you opt for a limited mileage rental, it's receommended to check the fees for excess mileage. You'll find these in our T&Cs. It's also possible to use the filters on our website to display car hire including unlimited mileage which can save you money if you're planning a longer journey

How to Compare Holiday Car Hire with Child Seats

You're allowed to take along your own child seats and booster seats for your car rental, provided that they meet the legal safety requirements for use in your car hire location.

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

How to find Holiday Car Hire with a Low Security Deposit

When you collect the car, you'll usually be asked to leave a security deposit on a credit card or debit card. Deposits vary significantly dependent on the make and model of the vehicle and the insurance excess . Car hire Security deposits can vary between £0 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. When you decide to book 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), this is fully refunded to your card when the vehicle is dropped off with a full tank.

How to Discover Holiday Car Hire with One Way Fees included

Most of the car rental brands we work with allow you to collect the vehicle in one location and return the vehicle at a different location. If you've chosen a different drop off location for your rental, the prices on our website will include any extra charges for this. You can also find a breakdown of the additional fees on the payment page.

Holiday Car Hire without an Excess Held on Your Credit Card

The excess is the total amount you would be liable to pay if the car is severely damaged, written off or stolen. The excess amount on rental cars can be very expensive. It's normally between £950 to £2,000. If the car is returned damaged, or it's stolen or written off, you'll be required to pay some or all of the excess.

When you pick up the rental car, the excess is held on your card as something called a 'pre-auth' transaction. Pre Auth means that the money is not charged to your card as a normal payment, it's held as a pending transaction until you drop off the vehicle. You don't usually pay foreign currency charges on credit cards for pre authorised payments. As long as the vehicle is dropped off in the same condition as when it was collected, this excess amount is fully refunded to your credit card without anything further to pay.

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

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

How to find Holiday Car Hire including a Free Additional Driver

Look out for deals on our website including a free additional driver bundled into the price. You can use the filters on the search results page to find bundled deals. You can also add an additional driver on the extras page before you complete your booking.

Comparing Holiday Car Hire with Cross Border Fees Included

If you want to pick up your car hire and take it over the border into a different country, be sure to review the terms and conditions. Many car hire providers require that you inform them 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 can find the details of cross border policies by checking the Rental terms and checking the Cross Border Rules section.

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

Our Essential insurance options

Along with being easy to use, friendly and of course, stress free, we offer two additional levels of insurance when you hire a vehicle with us.

Essential Cover includes key cover, flushing the engine after misfuelling, damage caused to the vehicle, theft, weather and fire and more.

Our essential cover, offered at the same time as you make your car hire booking, is a car hire excess reimbursement policy which covers you on a range of additional costs that standard insurance does not.

Paying for Car rental with no credit card and other payment options.

Pay with American Express, Visa or a Mastercard debit card or credit card issued by your bank or credit card company when renting a car on our website.

It's incredibly simple on the website to filter which car rental brands will accept a debit card. Just use the filters on the second page to compare which car hire partners will accept your preferred card type on collection.

It's important to consider when deciding if you'd prefer to use a debit card at the collection desk, car hire companies frequently block an insurance excess on the lead drivers credit card, the credit card hold is often a considerable amount of money , if you choose to pay with a debit card this might be debited from your bank account and not returned until a couple of weeks after you've returned the car.

Don't forget that frequently car rental brands that will allow debit card at the desk are more expensive than car hire companies that accept credit card only.

Very often, rentals that include our Premium Cover option allow you to use a debit card when you pick up the car without any additional fees. You can compare if a debit card is accepted, along with all of the different car hire security deposit and insurance options on the extras page of the booking process.

Most of the car hire partners we include on the website accept a debit card when you arrive at the collection desk to pick up the car; but often these do have special T&Cs related to them. Always be sure to check the terms if you plan to pick up the car using a debit card.

What are Stress Free Car Rental all about?

We work hard to ensure that vehicle hire on holiday is easy!

If plans alter you can cancel or edit your rental agreement free of charge for up to 48 hours before you collect.

To be included on our website, all rentals have to include a fair full to full fuel policy and total clarity regarding credit card hold amounts.

We only work with the most trusted and highly rated car rental companies, including Alamo, Hertz and Enterprise.

Our team spend days examining detailed T&Cs so that you don't have to. All of the key points of the hire contract are clearly visible on every page of our website

Hire your vehicle today with no hidden payments or credit card fees.

Our Premium cover option

Premium cover is the highest option for car hire insurance we provide.

You can buy Premium Cover along with your car rental, so that you understand the full cost of everything before completing your booking.

So that you can understand all of the options relating to which car rental insurance product is right for you, we work closely with our car rental partners to give you the option to purchase a Premium cover product.

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Why we're different

There's a huge amount of reasons why we are different from our competitors but to start, it's important to recognise that Stress Free Car Rental exists because of our own frustration with the process of renting a car.

Pricing includes added fees that other websites don't usually include - this ensures that our process is as straightforward as possible.

Our technology compares millions of prices at 1000s of car rental locations to hunt down low cost deals and ensure that booking them on our website as easy, quick and Stress Free as possible

So, the reason we do things differently is because we got frustrated with seeing people having trips ruined by a bad car rental experience and knew we could provide a more transparent service.

Car rental companies we list on the website include big car hire companies like Hertz and Enterprise there are some firms we know will not give you the price or experience that you deserve - so we do not list these on the website.

We work to deliver customers with all of the best car hire deals in with no unexpected charges.

Why should you choose us?

We're not called Stress Free Car Rental for nothing! Our mission is to make the car hire procedure as easy as we can.

Need to pay by debit card? Require an extra driver? Not a problem. You'll find all of the options on our website including great deals for add ons such as child seats and Toll pay devices. We also offer options to pay with a debit card wherever possible. You can use the filters on the website to easily and quickly find these options

Just get in touch and we'll sort everything out - it really is that, well, stress free!

Save money on your car hire in by booking your car in advance. Take time to review the various different deals.

Free Cancellation! You can cancel your vehicle rental and receive a refund until 48 hours before collecting your car.

Collecting at the airport but not sure what your flight number is? No Problem - you can complete your booking now and add the flight number to your rental later on. Adding your flight number will help the car rental company to wait for you if the flight is late. You should review the T&Cs to understand what you need to do if your flight is delayed or cancelled.

Car hire terminology explained

Collision damage waiver (CDW)

CDW insures the car for damage in a similar way the insurance cover you usually have on your personal vehicle does. CDW usually includes an excess which you can choose to cover separately (See Excess reimbursement insurance). We also include rental cars on the site that include CDW with no excess amount

Theft liability insurance (theft protection)

Theft liability covers the amount due if the rental car is stolen. It is subject to an excess , which means you would have to pay the first part of any claim (normally between £950 to £3,000, depending on the car, the country and the deal.

If you choose to insure your excess with us, however, you'll be refunded for any or all of of the excess you have to pay (See our essential cover). With Premium Cover the excess can be reduced to zero.

Excess Insurance

Buying excess cover means you'll be refunded for the excess that's held on your credit card by the hire car company when you drop off the car.

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

Fuel policy (full to full vs full to empty)

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

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

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

Car Rental excess

For rentals outside of the US and Canada there's usually an insurance excess to pay* - just like on domestic car insurance in the UK. However, the excess on hire cars is very high. It's usually between £1,000 to £2,500. If you decide not to cover the insurance excess amount you could be liable to pay for damage to the car up to the excess amount. Take a look at the Premium Cover car rental options if you'd prefer not to have a large amount blocked on your credit card when you pick up the car.

Extra driver fees

Car rental contracts is between the hire car company and the person who signs the agreement and will be the named 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 £12a 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 told the cost.

Third party liability insurance

Third party liability insurance insures 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 their property (their vehicle, house or possessions, for example). As legally they need to be protected, you'd be responsible any claim, or treating injuries or financially covering their 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, this means you would need to pay the first part of any claim (usually between £1,000 to £3,000, depending on the value of the car, the deal and the country). If you choose to insure your excess amount, you'll be refunded for all of the excess you have to pay. Or if you take out Premium Cover, the excess can be reduced to zero.

Top tips before picking up your car hire

You will have received car hire pick up location details with the booking confirmation email. Spend some time to understand how to find the vehicle hire pick up location before you set off

Beside the exterior, we also recommend documenting all damage to the inside of the vehicle and informing the vehicle rental company before starting your trip

Remember to inspect alloy wheels and locks for issues as well. These are easy to miss when you're in a rush to begin your journey

Whether you've bought Premium excess cover on the web site or you have a different insurance policy, we recommend to make time to inspect the car for damage. We advise taking photos with your phone of each part of the car. If there is damage on the vehicle that is not highlighted in your hire contract you must report this to the car rental provider

Ensure you double check the fuel type for the vehicle and inspect which side of the vehicle the filler cap is on

All of the vehicles displayed on the web site include a full to full fuel policy. Always check that the tank is full prior to setting off. If it is not you must report this to the rental company immediately

The car rental booking process

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

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

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

Once your bookings 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 payments and prices.

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

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

Car hire in made easy are based in Manchester UK and we are on a mission to make renting a car a Stress Free experience

Stress Free Car Rental only offer car hire that includes a full to full fuel policy. Full to full is always better value compared with other car rental fuel policies.

Vehicle Makes at each car rental location are variable. The car rental company will always provide you with a car that’s the same size in terms of body style, passengers and luggage capacity but the exact type may vary from the one displayed. If you require a particular model, at most car hire locations we provide options to book guaranteed models . Use the filters on the website to find guaranteed model deals.

You can use the filters on our search page to find your ideal rental, including rentals with an automatic gearbox, diesel fuel and low insurance excess options.

Car hire prices can vary greatly at different times of the year. peak holiday times are an important factor to consider that affects car rental prices. Factor this in when considering your rental.

FAQs about car hire

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

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

Can I cancel my booking 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.

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

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

What's the cheapest fuel policy for car rental?

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

Car hire insurance, excess and security deposits

We appreciate how frightening picking a rental car excess cover product can be. The additional charges that make up the price of hiring a vehicle are often very confusing, these can include:

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

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Why choose 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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