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Car Rental - A Few Pointers

The major international Car rental companies have offices in most Andalucian cities and at the major airports.

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However the smaller local car rental companies tend to be less expensive. You may be approached at airports by representatives of local car hire companies, most of whom are reputable. If you're a visitor, it's advisable to reserve a rental car before arriving, particularly during peak periods.

More visitors rent cars in Spain than any other European country and a hefty percentage of these are in Andalucía. Car rental in Spain is the cheapest in Europe due to the strong competition.

When comparing rates, check that prices are fully inclusive of insurance and taxes. Standard Insurance cover does not usually cover the first 250€ of any damage. Check insurance cover for young drivers under 25.

Policy on payment for petrol varies - check the small print. Most companies issue cars with a full tank and ask you to return the car in the same condition. Check when hiring the vehicle if you intend to cross any borders.

To rent a car in Spain you must produce a valid licence (a copy is not acceptable). If more than one person will be driving, all the drivers' names must be included on the rental agreement.

Lastly check the car on collection for damage, recording any minor dents either by photos or on the contract. All hire cars are required by law to carry two warning triangles in the luggage compartment and two yellow vests in the glove compartment. Ensure these are present on collection.

Check out our section on Rules of the Road for some more helpful tips.



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