Thrifty Car Hire

The Thrifty brand is another well-established name in the rental car industry. In many countries the brand is part of and operated by Hertz which means you benefit from high levels of customer service, convenient locations and modern, well-maintained vehicles.

As Thrifty's vehicles are usually a little cheaper than the premium brands, they are a favourite amongst leisure customers who want a safe choice and good value for money and don't require premium or luxury vehicles.

Find answers to common questions about Thrifty car rental

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.

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

We work diligently to ensure 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

Can I cancel my rental with Thrifty 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 best car hire price at Malaga Spain?

The cheapest price for a week in Malaga Spain for November is GBP134.82 with car rental company Thrifty. We compare prices from all of the leading car hire companies. Order your search results by price to find the best price

What do I need when I collect the car from Thrifty?

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.

Prices for car rental at Malaga

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

Thrifty availability at MALAGA

A6 FIAT 500 AUT.

4-seat MiniElite
or similar

A6 FIAT 500 AUT.
Passengers: 4
Large bags: 0
Small bags: 2
Number of doors: 2
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1022
Damage excess: £1022
Theft excess: £1022
More info
Thrifty

£148.35

SEAT IBIZA

5-seat Economy
or similar

SEAT IBIZA
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1050
Damage excess: £1050
Theft excess: £1050
More info
Thrifty

£156.28

FIAT 500

4-seat Mini
or similar

FIAT 500
Passengers: 4
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1021
Damage excess: £1021
Theft excess: £1021
More info
Thrifty

£134.82

SEAT LEON

5-seat Compact
or similar

SEAT LEON
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1107
Damage excess: £1107
Theft excess: £1107
More info
Thrifty

£180.77

OPEL MOKKA

5-seat Compact
or similar

OPEL MOKKA
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1192
Damage excess: £1192
Theft excess: £1192
More info
Thrifty

£314.75

OPEL ZAFIRA

5-seat Intermediate
or similar

OPEL ZAFIRA
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1192
Damage excess: £1192
Theft excess: £1192
More info
Thrifty

£188.87

D1 OPEL ZAFIRA AUT.

5-seat Intermediate
or similar

D1 OPEL ZAFIRA AUT.
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1192
Damage excess: £1192
Theft excess: £1192
More info
Thrifty

£215.49

OPEL INSIGNIA

5-seat Standard
or similar

OPEL INSIGNIA
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1311
Damage excess: £1311
Theft excess: £1311
More info
Thrifty

£256.84

OPEL VIVARO

9-seat Luxury
or similar

OPEL VIVARO
Passengers: 9
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1550
Damage excess: £1550
Theft excess: £1550
More info
Thrifty

£378.04

SEAT ALHAMBRA

7-seat Fullsize
or similar

SEAT ALHAMBRA
Passengers: 7
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1370
Damage excess: £1370
Theft excess: £1370
More info
Thrifty

£314.52

H6 RENAULT KADJAR ZEN ENERGY

5-seat Intermediate
or similar

H6 RENAULT KADJAR ZEN ENERGY
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1304
Damage excess: £1304
Theft excess: £1304
More info
Thrifty

£262.05

U6 OPEL MOKKA

5-seat Intermediate
or similar

U6 OPEL MOKKA
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1278
Damage excess: £1278
Theft excess: £1278
More info
Thrifty

£198.99

Hire car jargon

Third party liability cover

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

Third party liability is subject to an excess, which means you would have to pay the first part of any claim (normally between £900 to £2,000, varying dependent on the car, the deal and the country). When you cover your excess , you'll be reimbursed for any or all of the excess you have to pay. Or if you take out Premium Cover, your excess amount is often reduced to zero.

Essential Cover

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

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

Theft liability insurance (theft protection)

It insures the amount due if the rental car is stolen. Theft liability usually includes an excess , this means you would need to pay the first part of any claim (normally between £700 to £3,000, depending on the car, the country and the deal.

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

Fuel policy (full to full vs full to empty)

The rentals on our site include a full to fuel fuel policy.

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

You will see full to empty fuel policies on some other websites that seem to be offering cheaper deals. Always check the terms and conditions for full to empty rentals as usually the refuelling and admin charges associated with full to empty fuel policies make it much more expensive than full to full fuel policies.

Hire car excess

For rentals outside of the US and Canada there is usually an insurance excess to pay* - this is similar to the excess on domestic car insurance in the UK. However, the excess on hire cars can be very high. It's usually between £1,100 to £3,000. If you fail to cover the excess amount you could be liable to pay for any damage up to the value of the excess amount. Take a look at our Premium Cover rental car options if you'd prefer not to have the excess amount held on your card .

Extra driver charges

A rental contract is between the hire car company and the one individual who signs the agreement and will be the main driver. This means you will 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). We often list promotions where extra drivers are free. Always be cautious of being asked if you'd like to include a driver without being told the cost.

Collision damage waiver (CDW)

It covers the car for accident damage in the same way the insurance cover you usually have on your personal vehicle does. It includes an excess amount which you can cover separately (See Excess reimbursement insurance). We also include cars on the site that include CDW with no excess amount

Making a car rental booking with Thrifty on our website

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

Booking a holiday, let alone renting a car, can be a stressful, 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 extra fees including anything that you're required to pay on collection, including (but not limited to) one way fees, extras and young driver fees.

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

Once your booking has been made, managing it couldn't be simpler, 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.

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 drivers age

Thrifty Car Hire with Cross Border Fees Included;

If you plan to collect your car hire and drive it across the border , be sure to check the terms and conditions. Many car hire providers require that you let them know when you collect the car; and will charge extra fees to top up your insurance. If you do not let them know, you might find that your rental will not be insured if you take the rental into a different country.

You'll find the information relating to cross border policies by checking the Rental terms and viewing the Cross Border Rules section.

If you're struggling to find the cross border terms and conditions please get in touch with our car rental advisors and they'll be happy to help.

Hiring a car with Thrifty including One Way Fees

Most of the vehicle rental brands we include allow you to pick up your vehicle in one location and return the vehicle at a different location. If you've chosen a different drop off location for the rental, the prices displayed on the website include all additional charges for this. You will also find a breakdown of the additional fees on the payment page.

How to rent a car with Thrifty including Unlimited Mileage;

We offer both limited and unlimited mileage rental.

Limited mileage rentals can often be less expensive than unlimited. When considering limited mileage rentals, the mileage limit is always clearly visibile. If you choose a rental with limited mileage, you will be charged a per mile additional fee if you exceed the daily allowance. The mileage allowance for the whole rental duration is calculated as (the number of rental days multiplied by the daily mileage allowance). You do not have to stay within the daily allowance on every day, provided that the total miles used during the rental does not go over the number of days multiplied by the daily limit.

When you choose a limited mileage car hire, it's receommended to check the fees for excess mileage. These can be found in our T&Cs section.

Hiring a Car with Thrifty including Child Seats

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

You'll be offered the opportunity to include them with your car rental when you make a booking on our website. Child seats are paid in local currency when picking up the rental.

Renting a Car With Thrifty including Free Cancellation;

All of the rentals we list on our website include free cancellation. This means that you're able to cancel the car hire and receive a refund at any point up until 48 hours before you collect the car.

If you've purchased our Essential Cover product to insure the car rental excess, you can cancel this with a refund up until the booking collection time( as printed on your rental confirmation email).

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

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

The insurance excess is the total amount you would be liable to pay if the vehicle is written off, severely damaged or stolen. The excess on hire cars can be high. It's often between £1,000 to £2,000, depending on the car, the country and the deal. If the car is returned damaged, or it's stolen or written off, you will have to pay some or all of the excess.

When you pick up the hire car, the insurance excess is held on your credit card as a 'pre-auth' transaction. Pre Auth means that the amount isn't charged to your card as a regular payment, it's held as a pending payment until you return the car. You won't normally have to pay foreign currency fees on credit cards for pre authorised transactions, so provided the rental car is returned in the same condition as when you collected it, this excess amount is fully refunded to your credit card without anything further to pay.

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

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

Thrifty 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 Hire with Thrifty with a Low Security Deposit

When you collect the car, you'll often be required to leave a security deposit on your credit card or debit card. Security deposits can vary significantly dependent on the size of the car and the insurance excess amount. Car rental Security deposits can vary 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. If you choose to reserve a rental with Premium Cover included, you're often able to reduce your deposit to cover only the cost of a full tank of fuel (often less than £100), which is refunded when the rental is dropped off with a full tank.

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