Tips for hiring a car on holiday, and how to make injury claims if you have an accident
On some holidays you won’t need to think about driving, as everything will be easy enough to get to on public transport or by walking. However, on other holidays it may be necessary to have a car, if you are taking a road trip in a foreign country or are staying somewhere off the beaten track.
Hiring holiday cars is simple enough, and most destinations will have hire companies which can rent you a car for anything from a few hours to weeks at a time. However, you do still need to know what you are looking for and how to choose the best car for you, so that you can be safe throughout your break.
- Bring your own sat-nav. Although a hire car may be advertised as having its own sat-nav, this may not be the type of model you are used to, or you may just not get along with it. You want to have directions you can trust, so bring your own.
- Make a note of any damage. When you first pick up the car, take photographs of the entire vehicle and make a note of any damage that is already there. Hire companies have been known to try to charge people for damage that was already there when they picked the car up, and without proof you have no say in it.
- Book from a reputable firm. Look online to find a good, reputable firm before you book your car. If you go to a less reliable dealership then you can run into all sorts of trouble with the car, or with the payment at the end of the stay.
- Be aware of extra charges. Ask the company in advance what you are going to be paying for, and what extra charges may be put on top. You can then watch your credit card statement to make sure that you haven’t been charged for anything that you shouldn’t have.
Torridge claims for accidents
If you are involved in an accident on holiday, but feel that it was the result of another driver’s negligence rather than any fault of your own, you can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to the team about making Torridge claims and what happened in your accident.
The team will be able to talk you through the Torridge claims process, to ensure that you are sure that you want to make a claim, and then will pass you over to experienced personal injury lawyers who can make your claim on your behalf, so that you don’t have to go to court. Your lawyers will also work on a 100% no win no fee basis to make the process easier on you.
Date Published: 30th June 2014
Author: David Brown