Save money on car hire
1) Shop around
2) Check insurance and excesses
It can be a good idea to take out excess reimbursement insurance before you travel. This is because you can side-step the excess-waiver you'll be offered by your car hire company, which can cost as much as £10 a day.
Taking out your own insurance will work out much cheaper and will cover your excess if you damage the hire car. Carhireexcess.com offers comprehensive cover from as little as £1.99 per day in Europe, while insurance4carhire.com offers an annual European policy for £49.
3) Check the car for damage
When collecting your car, check there's no damage that hasn't already been noted. If there's even a tiny scratch, let the company know.
On returning the car, wait while staff inspect it, then ask for a copy of the final report. If there's nobody there to inspect it or they don't have time, note this on the rental agreement.
Find out more in Five ways to cut the cost of car hire.