If you’ve not done it before, hiring a car can be quite daunting. That’s why we’ve put together this car hire checklist to help you know what information you need when hiring your vehicle. We’ll also highlight what you need to do before your bring the car back.
There are a few things you need to do before you book yourself in to a hire car.
Before you confirm your booking, you need to do your homework. Car hire companies vary massively in price and you want to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible. Shop around, visit different sites and find different quotes for your journey.
At Meashams Self Drive, we offer the lowest prices in the area. If you happen to find a cheaper deal, we’ll match it.
Car hire companies are going to ask you for a lot of information. We need to make sure you’re allowed to drive our vehicles and we need to get you insured. If you can have all the documentation together before you get in touch, the car hiring process will be much easier.
Typically, a car hire company will ask for:
All car hire companies take a deposit. What that price is will vary with your age, occupation and licence endorsements.
Typically, you can expect to pay a deposit of £200 for cars and vans, and £500 for trucks and minibuses. You’ll of course get that back when you return the vehicle in the same condition you received it in.
You’re not expecting the worst to happen, but it’s handy to be informed just in case it does. Make sure you understand what’s covered by your hire insurance and breakdown cover, what the excesses could be, and what you need to do if an accident does occur.
You can find out all this information for Meashams Self Drive on our FAQ page. We can also talk you through it if you’d like to give us a call on 0208 578 6858.
Some car hire companies charge more for last minute bookings. When you know you’ve got to travel, get the hire confirmed as soon as possible and you could save.
When you come to collect your car, make sure you note down anything you notice about the vehicle that is not 100% perfect. It should all be written down in your hire paperwork, but checking before you drive away can save you any conflict later down the line.
Take dated pictures of:
To make returning your car simple and to ensure you get your full deposit back, make sure you follow the steps in our post car hire checklist.
You’ll have driven your car away with a full tank, and all car hire companies expect a full tank when it’s returned. Of course, we do allow for the drive from the petrol station to the return point!
If you don’t return the vehicle with a full tank, you’ll have to pay a refuelling charge.
Take a look at our tips for getting the best fuel economy from your vehicle.
When you drop the car off, take the same pictures you did when you picked the vehicle up. That way you can match the two and be sure you’ll get your full deposit back.
Vehicle hires are charged per 24 hours. That means if you’re over on your return time by just half an hour, you could have to pay for a full day. If you hit traffic, make sure you let us know early and we’ll see what we can do.
If you can, hand the keys over to a representative. They can help you check over the car and fill out your return paperwork. Out of hours return options are usually available, but it’s best to speak to one of the team if possible.
Depending on the company you use will factor in how quickly you get your deposit back. It can often take up to 15 working days to see the money reappear in your account. However, if 30 days go by and you still haven’t received your money, you’ll need to get in touch and find out what’s causing the delay.
We hope that makes the hiring process a little clearer for you. If you have any questions about any part of your hire, don’t hesitate to get in touch. At Meashams Self Drive, we want to make your hire as straightforward and hassle-free as possible.