Seven tips to drive down soaring car rental costs

Holiday car hire fees are rising at a worrying pace, with many fees doubling in just a few years – so what is the best way to get a good deal on motor rentals?

Analysis by experts at Which? found that average weekly car rental costs have risen by more than £100 in seven of nine popular holiday destinations.

The average increase in vehicle rental prices was 72 per cent, while charges have even doubled in some regions – just as the February half term starts.

Car hire costs have been rising as rental firms struggle with a shortage of new vehicles and rising repair costs.

Here are seven tips to help drive down the cost of car hire

Car costs: pay attention to car hire firm sneaky tricks and think about the best time to book to bring down the cost of vehicle rental

Car costs: pay attention to car hire firm sneaky tricks and think about the best time to book to bring down the cost of vehicle rental

1) Book at the right time

It might seem smart to sort out a hire car long before your trip – and in many ways it is. But you can actually save money by booking, or rebooking, a hire car just before you need it.

In a test run by This Is Money, booking a small three-door car at Geneva airport the next working day cost £366 for a week, despite it being February half-term, a time of high demand.

Being diligent and giving car hire firms more notice can sometimes lead to paying more. The price of the same sized car booked a week out from a trip rose by £57 to £423. 

However, with two months’ notice the price for this size of car dropped to £287.69, showing how

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