Advice for renters!
Before leaving home:
Check the traffic laws of the country you are traveling to. Such information can be requested from the embassy or consulate of the country you will visit. You will also find useful information in our Travel Guide (More Resources).
Be sure your driver’s licence is valid and check if you also need an international one.
Don’t forget the car rental voucher.
Make a brief plan for your first day of driving. Where and when will be your first stop?
Do you have a mobile phone? Does it work abroad? You may need to call your phone company to check how to make the changes for certain countries.
Remember that you also pay if somebody is calling you abroad.
Check the country code to use for calling home.
Please note that in many countries it is forbidden to use the mobile phone whilst driving.
Check and compare:
Prices: Many car rental companies show a low price on the internet, but is everything included? The prices from Economy Car Rentals are total with no hidden extras.
Conditions : Are taxes, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and other insurances included? How much is the excess/deductible amount?
With EconomyCarRentals you now have the choice of: All Inclusive Package including CDW with Excess or the All Inclusive Package offering you CDW (Collision Damage Waiver) with ZERO Deductible/ Excess.
Our car rental partners can deliver your car any time of the day, every day of the year, at most of our destinations.
Which car do you need:
In most of our destinations you will not NEED a 4WD, although it might be fun to drive one. It is also more comfortable and safer to take a car with air conditioning instead of one with an open top.
Do you need any extras:
Please check our extra services/equipment list and request them together with your car.
Please note that especially in the Mediterranean countries the standard of the child seats may differ from what you are used to. Bringing your own child seat might be better.
Consider renting a bigger car instead of a small one with roof rack as it is more comfortable to drive without roof rack and the risk of theft. No insurance covers damages caused by roof rack- or luggage on the roof.
At the delivery:
- damages on the car. Have it written down on your contract.
- where the spare tire and necessary tools for changing wheels are.
- DO NOT forget to take your copy of the contract!
- if you have local currency, for tolls etc. Not all petrol stations accept credit cards.
- you must find out exactly where to return the car when the rental is over.
- ask the representative for instructions for your first destination.
- check what kind of fuel the car needs. Diesel or petrol?
- ask what you have to do in case of accident/damage. At some destinations it is necessary to make a police report even for the smallest damage.
Tips for driving:
Have a skim over the map at home to decide how far you want to go and in how much time. Leave the detailed planning for later but make sure that you have your first day's route roughly in mind.
If you are sharing the driving, make sure that all co-drivers are authorized and that they all have a valid driving license and a passport.
No one is designed to sit still for hours on end neither in an office nor in a car.
Set a time limit to stop for a meal or a stroll.
Break up the journey into maximum 2-hour segments if you are traveling with children.
Ideally, choose your first overnight stop as near to the airport as possible, particularly if you have arrived after a long flight.
The idea is to enjoy your holiday, not get exhausted!
Traveling with children
Do your children get car sick? If so, you will want to avoid anything visual.
Is everyone happy to listen to the same nursery rhymes the whole way, or will you all go mad? If there is only one portable CD or iPod, will it cause more arguments than it's worth?
In case of accident:
In the unlucky event of an accident the most important advice is:
STAY CALM and try not to panic!
If anybody is injured, help them first and if needed call the ambulance.
Call the car rental company.
Also call the police and make a report of the accident/damage.
Obtain as much information as possible about the other vehicle and driver, like name, registration number etc.
In case of mechanical breakdown contact the car rental company or the Road Assistance.