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The Hire Car Conundrum

One way is sometimes the wrong way

How convenient it is to hire a car in the city centre and then to return it at the airport on the way out ! But this does not conform to the hire car companies wants and needs. If you fly into a big city, often you want to spend a couple of days sightseeing where a car is no advantage, and then hire a car for a tour of the surrounding area.

Hiring in the city and returning at the airport is a no-no unless you are willing to pay a 30% one way fee. Maybe it can work out though, as often renting at the airport leads to a government imposed airport tax which on a long rental can add significantly to the cost.

What to do; every car hire company has different policies which tend to not work with the big car hire comparison engines like Kayak, so all one can do is run a comparison and then individually visit each site in turn and see if any has a decent rate. Perhaps you will get lucky and they need to move a car to a different location and it will be free :)

Tags : carrentals

Written : 2013-04-03

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