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The perils of car hire

Hiring a car in Spain can be great. They’re relatively cheap, they get you around and they’re small cars which fit nicely in Spains tiny car parking places.

This should be a relatively straight forward process. However, prepare yourself for when you get to the front desk of the said car hire company in Spain. The look on your Chevy chase will go from a holiday mode broad smile to a grimace, confused, even punch drunk new look in a matter of seconds.


Do car hire companies rip you off?

Yes and no basically. Okay, this is how it works. The car hire companies offer cheap prices to compete with each other. Ever had a few euros price given to you for a few days car rental?

Well, that’s what they do. Advertise prices that anyone sane would understand that they couldn’t make a bean in profit at that price, let alone pay for car repairs, depreciation, staff, computer systems on so on.

So why advertise that price?

To get you hooked that’s why. Wow, check out the bargain I just got. No intended sarcasm I fell for it too. So, they’re all trying to break each other’s ridiculous prices for car hire online.


So can you still get cheap car hire?

Yes, and you can do it without falling foul of the wolf of wall street agents in the car hire places. I’ll come to that later, please keep reading.

What addon fees with car hire?

Okay, this is where it gets interesting. You have waited in the queue since the early 1700s and you finally get the attention of the car agent. ” Hey we hired a car, we have our insurance waiver and we are going to pay for excess from our credit card” (Smile on the face – I’m on my jollies face still intact)

The agent looks at you and replies “hey, that insurance does not cover you for our cars. HUH? on the policy, it says it does, on the website it said it did, and I’m disputing fact you’re telling me different.

Car hire option at the desk

  1. With holiday smile now soundly removed you pay for their car hire insurance after they insisted your insurance does not cover the car.
  2. You insist with several come back arguments from the car hire agent that your insurance is valid then relent after several minutes and pay their car insurance excess waiver.
  3. You argue long enough that said car hire agent gets fed up and says okay then the next steps are……..
  4. You stand firm, puff out your chest like Superman, hands on hips with your superhero cape flowing and say, “I don’t think so pal” or “lady pal”.
  5. You tell them to clear off and go to the next desk.

Let’s go through each scenario

  • With holiday smile now soundly removed you pay for their car hire insurance after they insisted your insurance does not cover the car.

You just met the wolf of wall street. You got suckered. However, we totally understand people taking this insurance. They’re very good at making you feel uncomfortable. It is completely untrue it’s not insured, your car is fully covered simple as that. (Please make sure that you did pay for a full waiver insurance policy.

  • You insist with several come back arguments from the car hire agent that your insurance is valid then relent after several minutes and pay their car insurance excess waiver.

You have now been a victim to the scam. You’ve paid over the odds for insurance that you could get from the UK post office for a year for less than those few days. The Car hire agent is grinning, probably (do not know for sure) got a commission for selling it and your holiday just started with that holiday smile wiped clean off your face. You go on Facebook and tell your friends you just got suckered.

  • You argue long enough that said car hire agent gets fed up and says okay then the next steps are……..

Yehaaa, good for you, however, please make sure you check the car and your insurance policy thoroughly. We will not be responsible for taking this article as otherwise without checking your policy) You tell them this and you tell them to ‘hop it’. This now means you’re on the radar for them to do several things. This is now what’s going to happen.

  • You stand firm, puff out your chest like Superman, hands on hips with your superhero cape flowing and say, “I don’t think so pal” or “lady pal”.

Same applies as above you are now on the radar – Solution coming below.

  1. They will take a higher deposit. They will tell you that they will take 100 euros or so off your credit card if you take their excess waiver insurance. Without their insurance, this might be up-to 1500 euros. But don’t panic, your VALID insurance covers you anyway so the figure is a scare tactic to get you to take their insurance.
  2. They will now check your car with a microscope when you take it back and if they find the slightest scratch, scuff, imperfection they’ll be charging you for that and charge you they will.
  • You tell them to clear off and go to the next desk.

The next desk could do and probably will do exactly the same

Fact: Whatever they charge you can claim back with all valid full excess waiver insurance policies. In my case 240 euros for a lock that was apparently broken before I picked up the car. DOH!

Fact: They will check, under the car too, the locks, the spare tyre, everything. I myself got ripped off with this when they said the door key in the lock didn’t work. An oversight by me as I used the remote locking and forgot to check the door lock with the key.

Solution Video around the hire car

Solution: Check the car within an inch of its life, How? Video it. They will not walk around the car with you, they will not tell you of the imperfections is has already, they will not wave you goodbye out the gate with your own waiver your cards marked type grin on their face.

Video the car within an inch of its life. Over it, under it, check the locks (remotely and with the key#) Check the spare tyre, film the alloys (that’s a popular one) scratches on the glass, the rubber on the washers. The whole shebang. When they then tell you that your car has an imperfection, Bosch, you say 2check this out amigo/amiga it was like that already”.


That sounds all a bit of a faff what about the other options?

Pay the excess insurance and have done with it. 100 euro or so off your credit card and full excess insurance. You will probably not get back your insurance policy you paid for when you booked, however.


Anyone who knows of car hire companies that may be better than most please comment below.

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