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Looking for car hire over the Christmas period? Some people choose to hire a car to visit family, loved ones or just to get away for a few days.  But do you get a good deal at Christmas or do the car hire firms deliberately inflate their prices at this time of year?  If your own car, or train or coach are not practical options then shop around for the best deal.  Maybe you need a 4x4 to get to a cosy Scottish cottage in the wilds of the Highlands to escape from it all.

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Best prices for car hire at Christmas

You will find that the best prices can usually be found on brokers and specialist search websites. Car hire comparison sites can also check your requirements (some of them list up to 40 rental companies) to guide you towards the best prices.

Thrifty Car and Van Rentals (http://www.thrifty.co.uk/christmas-car-hire.htm) have deals on during this Christmas break so why not take advantage of this?  If you are at one of their specified airport locations during 16 Dec to the 26 Dec you could receive special rates and the dates can be extended.  They also have some more deals for worldwide travel.

National Car Hire currently have a pre-pay option so you can book ahead to hire your vehicle and they claim that by doing so you can save time and money.  Visit: http://www.nationalcar.co.uk/Hotdeals/630/uk/christmas

To find more information check out these car hire comparison sites:

  • Carwow
  • Holiday Autos
  • Rentalcars.com
  • Travel Supermarket.com
  • Skyscanner
  • Kayak

Watch out for the rogues

Some companies may use the Christmas period as a time to prey on stressed Christmas travellers so do check out any deals that you see in case they are scams.  About four years ago a company called Rentmac advertised cars for hire at "Christmas special" bargain rates. Unsuspecting customers handed over lots of money for cars that never turned up.

So how will you know that the car hire firm you use are safe?  Firstly, you can check them out with The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) for advice. Also, reputable car hire firms should ask all the right questions and check your age as many car hire firms don't hire vehicles to drivers under 25. They should also only want to accept your payment via a credit or debit card, never hand over cash or pay by bank transfer. Check the company's location is genuine and not just a front, avoid anything with a virtual office or PO box address. It's unlikely that these addresses have fleets of vehicles nearby.  Visit Companies House on the website to get some idea of the firm's background.  Finally, you could ensure that you only use a BVRLA member.  Once you have chosen the firm, ensure that you check the fuel policy before you return the car in case you incur extra charges.

Happy Christmas to you all and safe driving.

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