LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - March 26, 2014) - A family hiring a car in Tenerife, over the Easter week, could hand over an additional £315* at the rental desk almost tripling their original hire car cost of £109.
Purchasing excess car hire insurance (at £132), extra driver's cover (at £62), a child's car seat (at £56) and a Sat Nav (at £65) from the rental desk will push the overall cost up by an additional 189%.
iCarhireinsurance.com, the leading stand alone provider of excess car hire insurance, compared the prices of five rental companies at five destinations (Larnaca, Nice, Tenerife, Milan and Barcelona) for the Easter week, 14 - 21 April 2014, to reveal the hidden 'extra' costs at the rental desk.
Milan is the most expensive place to hire a car with the average week's rental across all five providers costing £457, and the cheapest is Tenerife costing £175, but travellers are warned to factor in extra costs bought from the rental desk.
Hiring with Hertz in Milan, the car rental cost is £520, the car hire excess insurance, bought from the rental company, is £190, adding an extra driver is £60, a child's car seat is £101 and hiring a sat nav costs £90 - totalling £961.
"Extras at the rental desk can add hundreds to your holiday budget," said Ernesto Suarez, CEO, iCarhireinsurance.com. "Make sure you plan in advance buying your excess insurance from a specialist provider, like iCarhireinsurance.com (saving up to £170), take your own car seat, sat nav and don't add additional drivers to the policy - all saving approximately £350 at the rental desk."
If excess waiver insurance is not purchased a traveller could be liable for up to £1500 if the car gets damaged or stolen. The highest cost for excess insurance was with Hertz in Milan costing £190 - over nine times an iCarhireinsurance.com policy at £21 for the week (£2.99 a day).
iCarhireinsurance.com also cover vulnerable vehicle parts which are frequently excluded from rental companies' policies.
- Expect to pay £40 - £70 for an extra driver, but more for under 25s (e.g., £189 in Nice)
- A child's car seat ranges from £140 in Milan to £20 in Tenerife, but expect to pay between £50 - £60.
- Hiring a sat nav in Larnaca, Barcelona or Milan could cost over £90!
*See iCarhireinsurance.com for full information.