Many tourists love the freedom offered by the rental of a holiday car.
But the cost of renting a car can be expensive, as many companies charge extra for insurance, fuel, satellite navigation systems and car seats.
Here, the consumer champions What? Give five tips on how to "stop spending" when hiring a vacation car. He managed to save £ 322 on the rental of a week in Mallorca by deploying some of these strategies …
Consumer Champions What? has revealed his advice on how to save money when renting a car on vacation
Book early and use a trusted operator
Which? It says that to get the best car rental deal, the key is to book early, as that's when there are more discounts available.
Starting to look for offers at least two months before the trip will allow tourists to access the best offers.
The consumer group also recommends using a What? Trusted car rental broker like Zest, to help compare prices and access special offers.
Verify the recharge policy
Almost all car rental companies have a policy on the amount of fuel that customers should have in the vehicle when they return it.
And what? suggests that reviewing the fuel policy carefully will help customers save money.
Experts also say that a full-to-empty fuel policy, sometimes known as a prior purchase, can also raise prices.
Which? He says that it is promoted as convenient, because customers will not have to find a gas station before returning the car.
But they add that people will end up paying for a full tank through the nose and, sometimes, up to double the rate on the pumps.
Find your own insurance
Car rental companies will often convince customers to buy an excess of insurance when buying their vehicle.
But which? He says he can find an independent insurance for less than £ 2 a day on the Moneymaxim comparison site.
Which? It says that to get the best car rental deal, the key is to book early, as that's when there are more discounts available
However, he warns that if customers buy independent insurance, the rental company will insist on a revealing deposit and they will still have to pay the excess if they have an accident, but you can claim it from your insurer later.
Alternatively, if driving holidays are frequent, experts say it's worth considering an excess of annual coverage: around £ 40 for Europe or £ 50 worldwide.
Choose a rental outside the airport
Picking up your vehicle from the airport is convenient, but which one? It says that car rental companies pay taxes to be there, which increases the rental price.
Experts suggest picking up and leaving cars at off-site offices, which are cheaper, and many offer a free shuttle service.
Avoid the extras
Most tourists know that adding extras in the payment process can raise car rental costs.
However, which one? He says there are several things that customers can do to keep down the additional costs.
Tourists who intend to spend a lot of time on the road should verify that their car rental contract includes unlimited mileage, depending on which one?
LIKE WHICH? SAVED £ 322 IN THE RENTAL OF VEHICLES OF WEEK
Which? Hertz charged £ 611 for a week's rental in Mallorca, including zero insurance surplus and a satellite navigator.
But he reduced the price by £ 322 by paying in advance (saving £ 44), using Navmii instead of hiring a satellite navigator (saving £ 108) and buying his own independent insurance for £ 12 instead of buying Hertz super coverage. from £ 182 & # 39;
Instead of hiring a satellite browser, experts suggest downloading free applications like Navmii or Here WeGo, which can access offline maps in over a hundred countries.
When it comes to car seats, which one? reports that tourists traveling with easyJet or British Airways can carry one as baggage for free or, alternatively, parents can hire one at the airport for a fraction of the price.
Adding additional drivers can also cost more money, and the consumer group suggests consulting with the companies before registering.
Meanwhile, tourists who intend to spend a lot of time on the road should verify that their car rental contract includes unlimited mileage.