When hiring a car
abroad it is a good idea to shop around and book your vehicle before you travel as prices can vary widely. One of the easiest ways to do this is by using a car hire comparison site, you will get a list of car hire companies, prices and types of cars available and you should be able to get a competitive rate. For example if you are looking for Malaga car hire using a car hire comparison service will be faster, easier and usually cheaper. Another option is to hire a car through your tour operator or airline, many offer exclusive deals to their customers.
Many international car hire companies operate car hire services from the airport, meaning you can pick up your vehicle when you arrive at your destination. This can save you a lot of time and unnecessary hassle. You will usually be asked to pay a deposit before your rental car is given to you, which will be credited back to you once the hire vehicle is returned. Check your hire car for any damage and make a note of any scratches or dents before you leave, otherwise you could be held liable upon your return.
Before you hire a car abroad it is advisable to familiarise yourself with the destination country's driving laws and regulations. You need to be aware of a number of things including which side of the road to drive on, local speed limits, parking restrictions and other road rules. Check that your driving license is valid for the country you will be driving in, you may need to apply for an international license or permit.
It is advisable to purchase comprehensive car insurance
to cover you in the event of an accident or theft. Keep your vehicle and personal belongings safe by parking in well lit areas and ensure you lock the doors and boot, and close the windows and sunroof. Never leave valuables inside your hire car and take your car keys with you when you go to pay at a gas station. It is probably a good idea to research breakdown recovery services before you travel, if your hire car does breakdown it may be difficult to arrange assistance, especially if you don't speak the language.
Be aware that some car hire companies have different age requirements, usually between the ages of twenty one and twenty five. Find out what the drink drive limit is in the country you will be visiting, while some countries may have a set amount, for example one or two units of alcohol, others may ban any alcohol intake at all. If you are unsure it is best not to drink any alcohol before you drive.
And finally, ensure that your drivers' licence
is current and accepted in the country you intend to hire the car in.