Guide to Car Rental with No Security Deposit

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Planning a holiday, considering renting a car or a campervan? Both the car rental and campervan rental process can be fraught with hidden fees and large security deposits. Here’s our guide to help you avoid these surprises and ensure a smooth experience.

  1. Book early to save money

Unlike booking a hotel when it is easier to get a cheaper deal the later you leave it, with car or campervan rental leaving it late will result in non-availability or likely higher prices. So always book early and make sure the company will provide a refund if you do need to cancel. Most companies will expect at leases 24 hours’ notice to get a full refund.

  1. Book car rental with zero security deposit

Nobody likes to leave a hefty security deposit and more rental companies are beginning to offer car rental with no deposit or a very low deposit. So, if you are off to Spain or Turley it is now easy to rent a car without leaving a large security deposit. Now thanks to Arnold Clark, it is also possible to rent a car with Arnold Clark in the UK with a zero security deposit and other car rental companies are beginning to offer car rental with reduced deposits.

  1. Check airport rental prices

Even if you’re not flying in, consider airport rental prices, as they can be cheaper due to competitive rates among car rental companies.

  1. Prepare the necessary documents

UK renters need more documentation than overseas renters. If you’re a UK licence holder, bring a utility bill with your home address, a credit card, your driving licence, and a DVLA check code to avoid any hiccups at the rental desk.

  1. Opt for a ‘Full to Full’ fuel policy

Avoid rentals with fuel policies that charge for fuel usage or refuelling fees. A full to full policy ensures you only pay a deposit for the fuel, which is refunded when you return the car with a full tank. Take a note of the nearest petrol station near the rental station so that you can return with the same amount of fuel.

  1. Choose rentals with free cancellation

Both car and campervan rental can be expensive, if possible, look for options with free cancellations. This is fairly standard for car rental, but less so for campervans. If you are hiring a campervan, consider travel insurance that will cover your costs should you need to cancel your booking.

  1. Use a price comparison website

Rental prices vary greatly across websites. Use price comparison tools but be cautious of sites that lack transparency about security deposits and insurance excess amounts. Ensure you understand the terms and conditions, especially regarding fuel policies.

By being aware of these potential pitfalls, you can secure a great deal on your car or campervan rental and enjoy exploring your destination.

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