Looking for cheap holiday car hire? The internet is a great place to look, especially as a number of holiday car hire companies offer discount if you book online.
Read the advice on booking your holiday car hire and on 'things to do when you get there', then click on the links to find cheap holiday car hire.
Finding cheap holiday car hire
Holiday car hire prices change constantly and are very different for different destinations. Because of this, we can't give you a comparison table as we have done on the travel insurance page. Different companies offer better holiday car hire deals for different destinations, and these change depending on the time of year. So our main advice is to shop around and don't just accept the first quote.
The first place to look for cheap holiday car hire is at the 'consolidators' or 'brokers', such as Holiday Autos and Autos Europe. These companies don't actually own a single car, nor operate a holiday car hire desk at many airports. They have arrangements with local or international holiday hire car companies, and use their buying power to negotiate better deals than you or I would be able to get if you went direct.
Airlines, car hire companies and travel agents sometimes offer discounted car hire, often for a short period or as an incentive to book a flight or holiday. Outside these times, it is almost always cheaper to book your holiday car hire via the consolidators.
If you have used a company to book your holiday car hire before and would like to use them for this trip, but they are more expensive, don't be afraid to contact them and ask if they 'can do any better'. Companies often have the ability to do this and, if they can at least narrow the gap, it may be worth paying a little extra for the peace of mind.
Finally, if you only want a car for part of the holiday you may find cheaper holiday car hire at your destination. Before you take this route, be aware that it will be more difficult to claim from a local holiday car hire company if anything goes wrong.
So lets get started. Click on one of the holiday car hire companies below and begin collecting your comparative quotes:
Holiday car hire consolidators
Holiday Autos is usually the cheapest of the holiday car hire consolidators. They also offer a price match. However, in order to ensure you get the cheapest price on your holiday car hire, we recommend that you check two other consolidators and the UK's number one online travel agent first - onairportcarhire, Auto-Europe, Expedia and then check with Holiday Autos.
If Holiday Autos offer the cheapest price for your holiday car hire book with them. If not either go back to the other car hire company or take advantage of Holidays Autos price match promise. Bottom line, you get the cheapest price.
Autos-europe - owned by MyTravel (the renamed Airtours)
onairportcarhire - formerly suncars, owned by First Choice.
Holiday Autos - often already cheapest, book online and save at least £10
Expedia - the UK's number 1 online travel agent uses it's buying power to offer cheap car hire from a number of holiday car hire companies.
Holiday Car Hire Companies
Alamo - an American site. There is no .co.uk site.
Europcar - worth a look, especially within Europe
Things to do before you go