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      10-21-2018, 10:18 AM   #1
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Hiring a car abroad

What's the crack with hiring a car abroad?
I've never done it before but I'm looking to go to the Spanish Motogp in May next year and was going to fly to Seville and get a car from the airport. I've done a bit of research but it just looks like a complete mine field! I going to need a car for four days and I've looked online through various different sites and seen prices varying wildly - 45 up to around 150 for the same type of small car! What's that all about?
When it comes to insurance I seem to be reading everywhere to avoid the enhanced policy offered by the hire firm and sort my own out, which can be had for around 2-3 per day.
Also when booking a car what do you put for the pick up time if your flight is due in at say 15:00? Would you put the time of flight or put it at around half an hour later?
Same thing when dropping it off. If your flight is due to leave at say 17:00 would you put the time at 17:00 or would you put it a few hours before due to the fact you have to be at the airport 2-3 hours before your flight is due to depart?

I've probably put some very stupid questions in here, but like I've said, I've never done it before and as it seems like a complete and utter mine field with endless potential hidden charges, its all a little daunting and I don't want to get it wrong!

I have been reading up on this but any help and advice from any of you who have actually done it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance, Nick.
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I live in the USA and travel extensively to Africa and rent cars when I go. Here are some pointers I have learned through diligence and sometimes through hard knocks.

1) Stick with the major rental agencies and avoid the budget brands. Even EuroCar tended to be spotty at best. I had the best results with AVIS and HERTZ. You pay a little more, but avoid all the scams by the independently owned agencies.

2) I never buy the extra insurance, except when I go abroad. I know that I am likely flushing money down the toilet, but after being dinged $160 USD for a crappy plastic hubcap that fell off of a VW Polo I was renting, I now just suck it up and add the full coverage.

3) Top off the petrol tank just before returning the car and take a photo with a time stamp of the gas gauge. On more than one occasion, I have had the attendants fill up the tank after I left by just filling up another car and then hitting my credit card with the bill saying I returned the car empty. By having photo proof that it was full when returned, I was able to combat this.

4) Regarding pick up and return times, I always setup the pick up time for about the exact time I am landing, this way I know the car will be ready when I make it to the rental counter a few minutes later. Upon return, I just back into it. If the plane leaves at 12:00 noon, then I say to myself that I need to be at the airport by 10:30am, so I make the rental return time at 10:00.
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Renting cars in Spain/Portugal is a ball ache. Most of the cheaper companies (Gold car etc) will insist you take out their insurance or they will put a hold for 1k on your cc and deduct any damages they see. There have been cases where they take out money for damage that was already there!

My advice is to research the rental companies first and check their terms and conditions.
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