Look out for 'full-to-empty' car hire policy

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J Roger Clifford-Banks

And be sure to make a RIGOROUS inspection of the car's bodywork before driving off. Any 'dent' you missed will be charged TO YOU... you can guarantee it.


Rented twice in Southern Spain under these conditions. Wasn't advised until I collected the car. A clear rip-off. Better use only the reputable companies and check when making the reservation. Regarding damage, I found a policy offered out of the UK (only applies to EU citizens), which covers for worldwide excess insurance damage. Cost is £107 p.a. to eliminate the excess on all rentals worlwide for two family members for one year. Unfortunately I managed to break the windscreen on one vehicle at Avignon TGV. Cost 700 Euros. The insurance paid the full amount directly into my French bank account within three weeks.

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