Many travellers use a car rental Spain for transportation on their trip. A rental gives you the freedom to tour the countryside. You won’t have to plan your activities or rely on the schedule for the train or bus service with your own vehicle.
Renting a vehicle is not as expensive as you may think. In many cases, a weekly rental can cost just a little more than a rail pass for one person. If you are travelling with two or more people, renting a vehicle will actually save you money compared to rail passes for each person in your group. This is true even when the cost of fuel is included.
Getting the Best Deal on a Car Rental Spain
Compare rental companies on the internet. The cost of the same car can vary widely according to the company you choose. You can pick up your car at the airport for the best convenience. Return it prior to your flight home. It’s often cheaper to pick up and return at the same location. Some companies charge high fees for returning at a different location.
Choose a smaller vehicle to save money. The rental rate on a smaller car is less than a larger, luxury model. In addition, you will save money on gas. Compact cars are more fuel efficient than larger cars. To save even more on fuel, consider renting a diesel car. The price of gas in Spain is higher than in North America. You will want a vehicle that is as fuel efficient as possible, especially if you plan to travel a distance.
Other ways to save:
o Pick up and return your vehicle on weekend days.
o The longer the length of the rental, the more you will save on the daily rate.
o Return the vehicle with a full tank of gas to avoid the additional fees charged for re fueling.
o Compare the cost of renting in town or at the airport; sometimes there is a difference
o Book early to get the best price
Things to Consider in a Car Rental Spain
Consider the size of the car you need. The car you will need depends on the number of people in your group. A couple can do fine with a compact size car and save money. If you are travelling with your family, you may need a larger vehicle.
You will need to choose between an automatic or manual transmission. A manual transmission has a cheaper rental rate. They also get better gas mileage. If you want to save money, go for the manual. If you can’t drive a manual or don’t like to, then you will need the automatic.
Does the car have air conditioning? This feature may cost extra money. If you are travelling in the summer, the additional cost will be well worth the money. The summers get very hot and you will appreciate the air.
When you reserve your car, you will be asked for a deposit. The amount can vary by company, but 30% is not unusual. Get confirmation in writing when you pay your deposit. Make sure to get a copy of your rental agreement in your language. Most large companies have multi lingual personnel that can do this for you.
Ask about the company’s cancellation policy. Some allow you to cancel without a penalty, as long as you cancel before the deadline. Some will make you pay a penalty if you don’t cancel at least twenty four hours in advance. This is generally the price of one day’s rental. Ask about the time required for cancellation without penalty when you reserve the car.