When it comes to making your onward journey from the airport, hiring a car is by far the easiest option available and offers the convenience and flexibility that having your own transport provides. It’s not uncommon for the approach to many of our favourite fishing spots and accommodations to be along country lanes where hiring a 4×4 vehicle would be advantageous to a regular car. The good news is that hiring a 4×4 needn’t be significantly more expensive than a hatch back. You’ll find a wide range of 4×4 vehicles available from the arrival airports with prices for entry level vehicles such as the Nissan X-Trail and Landrover Defender / Freelander starting at little more than you’d pay for Volkswagon Golf. For the higher end of the market, you’ll be pleased to know that Range Rover Sport and Vogue models are widely available and other premium vehicles such the Audi Q5, BMW X5/6 and Mercedes ML. Exact make and model availability is subject to availability at your chosen arrival airport, the above vehicles are all available from Edinburgh airport, however you should check availability at your chosen arrival airport.
- Insurance – Most car rental policies include a basic level of insurance that covers you in the event of a claim, however much like a domestic car insurance policy, an excess is paid in the event of a claim. This is known as an excess deposit and can range from around £500 to £2,000 for higher value vehicles. There are options to protect yourself against this, either directly with the rental agent, known as a collision damage waiver (CDW) with daily prices ranging from £5-£15. Alternatively, you can opt for an excess reimbursement policy from a third party, whereby in the event of a claim, the rental agent would charge the excess deposit and you would counter claim this against your policy, these are typically cheaper and range from £3-6 per day, however you are still required to leave the deposit on your credit card with the rental agent.
- Fuel – It’s worth checking the fuel policy on the rental, most agents will offer a ‘full to full’ policy, meaning you collect the car with a full tank of fuel and as long as you return it full, there will be no fuel charge. Be wary of ‘pick up full, return empty’ policies as these can lead to higher fuel costs unless you use all the fuel provided.
- Credit Card – It’s common industry policy that the lead driver must produce a valid credit card in their name when collecting the car, so make sure you have yours available when travelling and it has the necessary funds to cover the excess deposit or the agent may refuse to release the vehicle.
- Extras – It’s recommended that you reserve optional extras when you book to ensure they are available when you arrive. Extras such as child and toddler seats and sat navs are all available. If you wish to add an additional driver to the policy, this can be done when you arrive and will incur a small daily fee.
- Book Early – Our most important advice is to book early for the best prices and to guarantee availability.
At Fishpal, we’re delighted to announce that we’ve arrange a discount on any car hire bookings for our customers. Enjoy savings of up to 10% on any vehicle when you book your next fishing trip and look to rent a vehicle. Simply visit www.rhinocarhire.com/fishpal for a quote and to claim your discount.