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Unlimited Mileage Car Hire

Looking for car hire including unlimited mileage? We've made it really easy to find options including limited and unlimited mileage. Unlimited mileage car hire is usually slightly more expensive than limited but it can save money if you're taking a long road trip on your rental. You can use the filters on the search results page to find car hire with unlimited mileage.

Car Hire with a Free Additional Driver

How to hire a including a Free Additional Driver

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

Hiring a Car with Free Cancellation

All of the rentals we offer include free cancellation. This means that you're able to cancel your rental with a full refund at any point up until 48 hours before you collect the vehicle.

When you purchase the Essential Cover product to insure your car rental excess, you can cancel this with a full refund up until the booking collection time.

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

Hiring a Car with No Cancellation Fee

How to Rent a Car with a Low Security Deposit

Renting a Car with a Low Security Deposit

When you collect the car, you will usually be required to leave a security deposit on your credit card or debit card. The security deposit vary significantly subject to the size of the car and the insurance excess . Car rental Security deposits can vary between £0 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 choose 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), this is refunded when the vehicle is returned with a full tank.

Car Hire with Unlimited Mileage

Our website offers unlimited and limited mileage rentals.

Limited mileage rentals are often a cheaper option than unlimited. For limited mileage rentals, the daily mileage allowance will always be clearly displayed. If you choose a rental including limited mileage, you'll be liable to pay an additional fee if you exceed the daily allowance. The mileage allowance for the whole rental is calculated as (the number of hire days X the daily mileage 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 X the daily limit.

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

Car Hire with Unlimited Mileage

How to Hire a Car with One Way Fees included

Renting a Car with One Way Fees included

Many of the car rental providers we include permit you to pick up your car in one location and return the vehicle at a different location. If you have chosen a different drop off location for the rental, the prices you'll see displayed on the website include all extra charges for this. You will also find a breakdown of the additional fees on the payment page.

Renting a Car without an Excess Held on Your Credit Card

The excess is the amount you'd be required to pay if the vehicle is severely damaged, written off or stolen. However, the excess amount on hire cars can be expensive. It's normally between £1,000 to £2,100. 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 amount isn't charged to your card as a regular payment, it's held as a pending payment until you drop off the car. You don't usually have to pay foreign currency fees on credit cards for pre authorised payments, so provided the rental car is dropped off in the same condition as when it was collected, the amount will be fully refunded to your credit card with nothing additional to pay.

If you intend to pay for your rental by debit card, the insurance excess amount is taken from your account and refunded when the car is returned. If you intend to use a debit card on collection, as the excess is often high, it's recommended to 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 insurance excess take a look at our Premium Cover options.

How to Rent a Car without an Excess Held on Your Card

How to Rent a Car with Child Seats

How to Hire a Car with Child Seats

You're allowed to take along 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 also be offered the opportunity to add them to your car rental when making a booking on our website. Child seats are paid 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

How to hire a car 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 a car without a credit card

Renting a Car with Cross Border Fees Included

How to Rent a Car and Cross Border Fees

If you plan to pick up your car hire and take it over the border into a different country, you should always check the terms and conditions. Many car rental providers insist that you let them know on collection; and will charge additional 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 checking the Rental terms and checking the Cross Border Rules section.

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

Our Essential insurance options

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

Our 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 range of additional costs that standard insurance does not.

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

FAQs about car hire

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

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

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

Security deposit 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 hire?

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.

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.

Things to check before driving away your car hire

You'll have received car rental location collection instructions with your confirmation email. Spend some time to read through how to get to the vehicle hire collection location before you set off

Whether you've purchased Premium excess cover on the web site or you have a different insurance policy, always take some time to check the vehicle for pre existing damage. Also spend some time taking photographs with your phone of each section of the car. If there is damage on the vehicle that is not mentioned in your hire contract you must inform the vehicle rental company

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

Remember to check alloy wheels and locks for issues as well. These are easy to miss when you are in a rush to start your trip

All of the cars displayed on the web site include a full to full fuel policy. Always check that the fuel tank is full before you set off. If it isn't you should inform the rental company before driving away

Car hire in made easy

Stressfreecarrental.com 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 rental that includes a full to full fuel policy. Full to full is always better value compared with other car rental fuel policies.

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

Car hire prices can change greatly at different times of the year. Christmas is an important factor to consider that influences car rental prices. Take this into account when planning your rental in advance.

Vehicle Makes at each car hire 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 have a preference for a particular make, at most car rental locations we offer options to reserve guaranteed models from selected suppliers . Use the filters on our website to find guaranteed model deals.

Our Premium cover option

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

So that you can make an informed decision 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 buy a Premium cover product.

You can buy Premium Cover along with your car rental, so that you understand the total cost of everything before starting your trip.

Making a booking

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

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 age of the driver

To start your stress free booking process, simply head over to our homepage and type in the required details then in just a few seconds we'll bring up some great value deals based on your requirements.

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

Once your bookings 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 your booking including payments and prices.

Why should you choose Stress Free Car Rental?

We're not called Stress Free Car Rental for nothing! Our aim is to make the car hire process as easy as possible.

Booking your car hire couldn't be easier, there are filtering options and everything possible has been explained with key information explained on each page.

Need to pay with a debit card? Require an extra driver? Not a problem. You'll find all of the options on the website including great prices for extras such as additional drivers and GPS. We provide options to pay with a debit card wherever possible. Use the filters on our search results page to easily and quickly find these options

Collecting at the airport but not sure of your flight number? 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 provider to wait for you if the flight is delayed. Always check the terms and conditions to understand what to do if your flight is cancelled or delayed.

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

When you book a hire car with Stress Free Car Rental you will always know how much you are paying in advance - no scary fees, no hidden costs.

Why we're different

There's a wide variety 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 personal frustration with the process of renting a car.

So, the reason we do things differently is because we got fed up of seeing people having trips ruined by a bad car rental experience and thought we could do a better job.

All our pricing includes added fees that other car hire websites often don't include - this makes sure that your experience is as transparent as it can be.

Our technology compares millions of cheap car hire deals at 1000s of car rental locations to find you great offers and ensure that booking them on the website as fast, simple, simple, fast and Stress Free as it can be

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

Car rental terminology explained

Excess reimbursement insurance

Essential Cover
Buying this policy means you'll be refunded for the excess that's held on your credit card by the car rental company .

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

Damage Liability

It insures the car for damage in the same way the insurance cover you usually have on your own car does. CDW includes an excess which you can choose to insure with an additional policy (See Excess reimbursement insurance). Stress Free Car Rental also include rental cars on the site that include CDW with a zero excess
CDW (Collision damage waiver)

Theft liability cover (theft protection)

Theft liability cover (theft protection)
It covers the amount due if the hire car is stolen. Theft liability is subject to an excess , this means you would have to pay the first part of an insurance claim (normally between £950 to £3,000, depending on the car, the country and the deal.

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

Rental car excess

For rentals outside of the US and Canada there's almost always an insurance excess held on your card* - just like on domestic car insurance in the UK. However, the excess on rental cars can be very high. It's often in the region of £1,000 to £3,000. If you fail to insure the excess amount you will be liable to pay for damage up to the value of the excess . Take a look at 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.
Car Rental excess

Extra driver charges

Additional driver fees
Car hire agreements is between the hire car company and the person who signs the agreement and will be the main driver. This requires that you have to ask for other drivers to be added, this usually means an additional cost ( can be up to £10a day or even more). However, there are occasional special offers where extra drivers are free. Always be cautious of being asked if you'd like to include a driver without being told the price.

Fuel policy (full to full vs full to empty)

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

You'll be required to hold a small deposit for fuel on a credit card when you collect the car. Ensure that you fill the rental up and return it full and there's no additional fees for fuel.

You will see full to empty policies on other sites that seem to be better deals. Always check the small print for full to empty rentals as the admin and refuelling charges associated with full to empty fuel policies always make it much more expensive than full to full fuel policies.
Fuel policy (full to full vs full to empty)

Third party liability cover

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 (such as your passengers, people in other vehicles or pedestrians), or damage property (their vehicle, house or possessions, for example). As legally they need to be covered, you'd be responsible the cost of any damage, or treating 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, which means you would have to pay the first part of any claim (usually between £750 to £1,700, varying dependent on the value of the car, the deal and the country). If you choose to cover your excess amount, you will be reimbursed for all of the excess you have to pay. Or if you take out Premium Cover, the excess amount can be reduced .

What are Stress Free Car Rental all about?

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

Confused by insurance excess? Stress Free Car Rental is here to help you through the whole process. We endeavour to provide absolute clearness regarding insurance excess and all of the other charges involved.

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

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

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

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

Car hire insurance, excess and security deposits

We appreciate how daunting and frightening choosing a car insurance 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

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Paying for Car hire without a credit card and other payment card options.

We accept Visa, Mastercard or an American Express credit card or a debit card provided by a bank or credit card company when hiring a car on our website.

Would you like us to accept payments using something other than credit card or debit card? Do contact us and let us know. We are always open to ideas re how to improve our service to make booking your car hire as Stress Free as it can be.

We've made it really easy on our website to filter which car hire partners do accept a debit card. Just use the filters on the second page to compare which car rental brands do accept your card type at the counter.

Many of the car rental brands we include on the website will accept a debit card when you arrive at the collection desk to pick up the rental; but sometimes these do have special terms and conditions related to them. Be careful to understand the terms and conditions if you want to use a debit card at the desk when collecting the car.

It's worth bearing in mind that quite often car hire brands that do accept debit card at the desk are more expensive than car hire companies that accept credit card only.

We accept a huge number of different currencies including British Pounds (GBP),US Dollars (USD) and South African Rand (ZAR).

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