What to consider when comparing car hire companies. Many people come back to the Costa Del Sol year after year, often many times a year as it is truly a lovely part of the world with a lot to offer. These folks habitually use the same company for their car hire needs due to habit…, they have not taken the time to consider the benefits they are missing out on by trying a smaller more personable company like Libra Rent a Car.
Nowadays everything is made super simple via the internet and for car hire this is no exception there are many price comparison websites – bear in mind that these sites are essentially brokers operating on commission and therefore headline a super low daily rate. When you arrive at the actual hire company, the extras start being piled on. It is better to use a company like Libra Rent a Car, where the price you are quoted is the price that you pay – nothing more!
On the subject of extras
|CHARGES / POLICY||OTHER RENTAL COMPANIES||LIBRA RENT A CAR|
|FUEL CHARGES||Lots of confusing options which I don’t truly understand to be honest, but the upshot being that you probably have to pay something more||Level to Level. We are flexible as we want you to enjoy your hire experience and holiday, *If returned with significantly less fuel, a penalty of 20 euros per quarter tank may be charged|
|MILEAGE||Various rates structures adding to the cost and obliging one to keep an eye on the odometer and not on the scenery||Unlimited mileage within the Iberian peninsula|
|ADDITIONAL INSURANCE COVER FOR TYRES, MIRRORS ETC.||Charge added
*In addition to the “Collision Damage Waiver insurance”
|One-Off Fully Comprehensive Insurance|
|ADDITIONAL DRIVER||Charge added||Extra driver included|
|LOCAL TAXES||21% sales tax added||Our prices include sales tax|
WITH LIBRA RENT A CAR THERE ARE NO HIDDEN EXTRAS
Some driving recommendations:
- Pay traffic fines on the spot. You can pay the Guardia Civil Trafico directly on the spot and get a 50% discount. In the case of Parking fines, it is possible to pay the fine at the ticket machine or in the local government office / Ayuntamiento. If the fine is not paid, the hire car company will identify you as driver, the fine will come by post and your car supplier will charge you extra to handle the fine. The association of rent a car companies recommends administration charges in excess of 30 euros, Libra Rent a Car only charges 20 euros
- Do not leave personal belongings inside the car. This helps to avoid having the windows broken and from your perspective, losing your things. Personal belongings are not covered by the car insurance. However, they are normally or may be covered by your home, credit card or travel insurance.
- Take care when using traffic roundabouts, on the costa del sol, (especially in the summer / high season) there are many different nationalities using the roads with separate norms and customs, this can lead to misunderstandings particularly at the roundabouts. The advice is to take it slowly and expect the unexpected. Another thing to take care of is that in Spain, as is the case in the most of Europe and should be the case the world over in my opinion, non-motorised road users have priority, be aware of pedestrians, bicyclists, horse riders (anything without an engine)