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How to choose the right hire car?

Are you hiring a car for the first time? Or perhaps it’s been a while and you can’t quite remember how it all works? While your hire provider will be able to talk you through the process in detail, this quick guide to the most commonly asked questions - and their answers - will help you get prepared.

How much does car hire cost?

Simply put, car hire can cost as little or as much as you want it to. Obviously, a premium or luxury vehicle with lots of extras will cost more, but basic car hire for just one day can start from as little as £20.

Who can hire a car in the UK?

Although individual providers vary on the details of their policies, most will hire cars to drivers over the age of 18. However, some providers have an age limit of 25 and up. Similarly, the amount of years that you need to have been driving for will vary - while some request only a year of experience, others might want you to have been driving for as long as eight.

What documents do I need to hire a car?

Obviously, you will need your UK driving license in order to hire a car. However, many providers also request that you bring your passport and a proof of address. Additionally, you will need to request a DVLA code from the government. But don’t worry - you can do this quickly and easily online.

Can I hire a car for a one-way journey?

Yes, the majority of providers will allow you to hire a car for a one-way journey. In fact, many offer special deals if they have vehicles that they need to relocate.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

Yes, most companies will ask you to provide a deposit from a debit or credit card when hiring a car. However, these policies are beginning to change, and some providers will waive the charge if you have the right insurance. To be sure about all the costs up front, talk to your hire provider about their deposit scheme.

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