Car Rental in Spain is generally very cheap compared to other parts of the world, especially the UK. Depending on the time of year, you can find some excellent deals, especially if you’re coming over for a longer stay.
There are a few cautionary tales you need to be aware of, so that you don’t get ripped off though.
Some companies offer exceptional daily rates only to get you on the insurance and ‘extras’.
And some companies will tell you to bring the car back full, or empty, depending on their conditions, and charge you there rate for the fuel in the tank, plus a filling fee.
Another scam is charging you for damage to the vehicle that was there when you picked it up.
And, strangely, it would appear to be the ‘big boys’ at the airport that are doing this, not the smaller independent Nerja Car Rental companies.
So, here are some tips to get the best deals on Car Hire, during your stay in Nerja:
Personally, I have found priceline.com to be a very competitive site to rent through. I have heard that some people have had issues, but from personal experience the service was excellent.
Another area where you can save money is on car insurance. Generally the car hire companies will try and get you to insist you take their CDW (collision damage waiver), this can be from around € 6 plus a day. However for a small annual fee icarhireinsurance.com will cover any hire car you rent. Of course, there are a couple of things you need to be aware.
As stated above, the car hire companies at Malaga airport will try and get you to take their CDW, saying they don’t accept your own policy. In this situation you can still hire the car, just without their CDW and accepting to pay for any damage, which means they will take a swipe of your credit card for security. They will still try and scaremonger you into taking their insurance, but at the end of the day the choice is yours, and if you’re not using the car on unmade roads, then there little to be worried about.
If you do have an accident, or the car gets damaged, you will have to pay for the cost of repairs and possibly loss of use on your credit card. This could be up to the value of the vehicle. You will be able to claim though from icarhireinsurance.com in the normal manner.
Another point to consider is particularly during the summer months, there are areas that are a target for opportunist thieves. If you’re driving a hire Car from a rental company, then ask them to take the stickers off, or remove them yourselves and put them somewhere safe, where you put them back on when you return the car.
Also, it’s a good idea to take a few ‘photos of the car, at least one of each side, and make sure you make a notify the car hire company if you notice any damage that hasn’t been listed on the paperwork, before talking the vehicle away. There have been tales of people taking cars back and getting billed for things like an entire row of seats in the case of a people carrier, that were never there on collection, but without proof, you will be held liable.
Before you drive away, also check you have the necessary legal items in the car, these are reflective jackets in case you break down and 2 warning triangles.
For further information on driving in Spain, the RAC has a very useful guide:
Taking these precautions will hopefully negate any stressful experiences and ensure you have a stress free holiday.