One-way rental cars for 1 euro - how is that possible?
The Movacar offers are so-called transfer trips of renowned car rental providers. Background: Car rental companies constantly have to optimally align their fleet with the car rental stations and move the cars from A to B. As a rule, paid driving services are commissioned for the transfer journeys, which is very time-consuming and expensive. With Movacar, you take on a one-way trip with the rental car from A to B and receive your rental car almost for free - for a simple euro!
Who can take advantage of this offer?
The following conditions apply to use the 1-euro rental car:
- Minimum age 18 years (with some providers only from 21 years)
- Valid driving licence for at least one year
- Credit card in the name of the driver for the deposit (with some providers an ec-card is sufficient)
Some rental companies have special conditions for young drivers under 23 years of age, such as a higher excess or a young driver fee. You will find the exact conditions in the respective offer.
How do I search and find a €1 rental car on Movacar?
In the Movacar app and on the website, enter the desired pick-up location and click on "Find". You will then receive a list of all the car rentals available there.
n the app, you can click on "Show all €1 rides" and select the desired starting point on the map. If you want to narrow down the search, you can enter a date and the desired destination. Please note that our trips are often only available for a short period of time, as our offer depends on the transfer trips that are posted by the rental companies.
If your preferred route is not listed, simply activate a route alert. As soon as offers are available for you, we will notify you by email or push message in the Movacar app.
What do I do if I have not found a suitable ride?
The Movacar route alert notifies you when your route is available.
How to activate the Movacar route alert:
- Click on the link „Set up route alert“ or on the bell symbol - e.g. at the top right of the website
- Enter the desired departure point (preferably without time restrictions and drop-off point)
- Click Save
- Click on the link in the confirmation email to confirm your email address and activate the route alert.
Done! You will be notified as soon as rides are available for you.
How do I set up a Movacar user account?
Click on "Log in" and then on „Register“. You enter your data, create your account and click on the link in the confirmation email. That's it! After logging in again, you will see your account, you can set up route alerts and you will no longer have to enter data twice when making your booking! Tip: to see your booking in the app, you need to create an account before booking.
Book & Pay
How exactly does the booking of the 1-Euro rental car work?
- Select the desired offer and click on "Book".
- Enter your booking details and the desired payment method. Tip: If you create a Movacar user account, you do not have to re-enter the data for your next booking.
- A credit card is required to pay the Movacar agency fee, but it does not have to be in your name. We are working on offering other payment options such as Paypal soon.
- After a successful booking, you will receive a booking confirmation from us by e-mail to present to the car rental company (please check your spam folder!).😉
- Bring the booking confirmation, your ID, driving licence and credit card with you at the agreed time of rental. With some rental companies, the deposit can also be paid by debit or credit card.
- Please remember to return the rental vehicle to the destination on time and with the same fuel level as agreed, because the next customer is already waiting.
How do I pay?
A credit card is required to pay the 1€ Movacar agency fee, but it does not necessarily have to be in the name of the renter. Your credit card details will not be stored by Movacar and will only be used for the one-time payment process.
For the deposit, most providers require a credit or debit card in the name of the renter, which must be presented at pick-up. For particularly high-value rental cars, you may be asked to bring two credit cards as security. Further information can be found on the website of the respective provider.
Extras and services that are not included in the Movacar offer are paid for directly by the car rental company.
For some one-way rental offers at regular rates, payment is only made directly to the rental company upon collection. This is indicated in the booking process.
In all other respects, the General Rental Terms and Conditions of the Rental car Company shall apply..
What extras can I choose when booking with Movacar?
Movacar Carefree Package: includes a deductible insurance (SBÜV) and a passenger accident insurance (IUV) through our insurance partner Berlin Direkt Versicherung. With the SBÜV, you will be reimbursed by the insurance company for the excess in the event of a claim and with the IUV, all passengers receive insurance cover in the event of something happening. With the booking confirmation you will receive the insurance policy and all information about the insurance cover.
Free cancellation: for a one-time surcharge of 5 euros, you can book the "Free Cancellation" extra. Cancellation is then free of charge in any case, the cancellation fee of 50€ is waived.
Background: In case of cancellation of a 1€ booking within 24 hours before rental, we charge a cancellation fee of 50€, as in this case a short-term alternative for the vehicle transfer would have to be found. Non-collection of the rental car is also considered a cancellation.
What happens if I have to cancel a trip?
Don't worry: Cancellation is free of charge for all reservations up to 24 hours before rental. Please use the cancellation link in your booking confirmation. We will then notify the car rental company for you.
If a booking is cancelled within 24 hours of the rental date, we charge a cancellation fee of 50€, as in this case a short-term alternative must be found for the vehicle transfer. Non-collection of the rental car is also considered a cancellation.
Tip: When booking, you can book the extra "Free cancellation" for a one-time surcharge of €5. Cancellation is then free of charge in any case, the cancellation fee of 50€ is waived.
Important: The cancellation fee does not apply to bookings at the normal rate.
Overview of costs
All costs and possible extra costs transparent at a glance
Movacar: The Movacar agency fee for your rental car is usually a single euro and not a cent more.
Deposit: The car rental company requires a deposit, the amount of which may vary from offer to offer. The amount is blocked on the driver's credit card and released after the car is returned. With some rental companies, it is also possible to pay the deposit using an EC or debit card. Please inform yourself about this possibility on the website of the provider. A cash deposit is not possible with any rental company.
Insurance - The rental offers include liability insurance and basic insurance cover with an excess in the event of damage. With some providers, you can reduce the excess at collection for an additional charge. Alternatively, you can book the Movacar Carefree Package with many offers. This includes excess insurance and passenger accident insurance.
Additional driver: Many offers include an additional driver free of charge. If you do not find any information about additional drivers, ask the rental company when you pick up your car.
Child seat, navigation etc.: Special equipment can be booked with many providers for an additional charge. For availability, please contact the provider directly.
Fuel: Depending on the refuelling regulations, fuel costs are reimbursed in full or in part for some offers. You can find out whether and to what extent fuel costs are reimbursed in the section "Refuelling regulations".
Over kilometres: Additional kilometres beyond the free kilometres included in the offer will be charged at the valid rate of the car rental company.
Late return: If the rental car is returned late and/or not at the agreed drop-off location, the car rental company will incur additional costs. If the car is not returned as agreed, the rental company may charge you additional fees.
Other costs: Fines, tolls or ferry fees and related handling charges must be paid by the hirer.The rental period is usually 24 hours. In the event of deviations, this is shown in the specific vehicle offer.
Pick up and drive
What do I have to pay attention to when picking up and dropping off the rental car?
Make sure that the condition of the rental car is correctly noted on the rental contract. A mobile phone photo of any damage, fuel level and mileage will help you to document the condition of the car when you rent it.
How much time do I have for my trip?
The maximum rental period is shown in each offer. As a rule, it is at least 24 hours within Germany. For longer distances, the maximum rental period is extended to 48 or 72 hours.
How many kilometres am I allowed to drive?
All 1€ offers include free kilometres depending on the distance from A to B and are displayed in every offer. The free kilometres are generously calculated so that you can comfortably reach your destination even with a small diversions.
The costs for any additional kilometres must be borne by you. They are shown in each offer.
What happens if the rental car is damaged?
The rental offers include basic insurance cover with an excess in the event of damage. With some providers, you can reduce the excess at collection for an additional charge. The amount of the excess varies depending on the vehicle class and provider and is shown in the respective offer. The exact regulation in the event of damage depends on the rental conditions of the provider.
Tip: Alternatively, you can book the Movacar Carefree Package with many offers. This includes a deductible insurance (SBÜV) and a passenger accident insurance (IUV), which we offer in cooperation with our insurance partner Berlin Direkt Versicherung. With the SBÜV, you will be reimbursed by the insurance company for the excess in the event of a claim and with the IUV, all passengers receive insurance cover in the event of something happening.
Who pays for the fuel?
Depending on the provider, there are different refuelling regulations, which are displayed in each offer. You will also find the detailed regulations that apply to you in your booking confirmation.
The three most common refuelling rules are:
- Fuel included: The fuel costs for the transfer distance* will be reimbursed. For a fuel refund, please upload the fuel receipts via the link in your booking confirmation. With some providers, the reimbursement is also made directly via the rental company.
- First tank included: The cost of the first tank of fuel for your transfer* will be reimbursed by Movacar. For a fuel refund, please upload your fuel receipt via the link in your Movacar booking confirmation.
- Fuel not included: Fuel costs are not covered and the fuel used must be refilled. This includes, for example, the "full/full" regulation. You then receive the car with a full tank when you hand it over and must also return it with a full tank.
*Fuel costs are reimbursed depending on the length of the transfer distance and consumption guidelines. The latter vary between 10l and 15l/100km depending on the provider and vehicle type. If you have a question about the refuelling regulations of a specific offer, please contact our chat.
Can I return the rental car to the drop-off station outside opening hours?
Experience has shown that it is always safer to hand over a rental car to a member of staff within opening hours, as you as the customer are usually responsible for the condition of the vehicle until a member of staff from the car rental company has checked it in.
Most car rental companies have key safes at their stations for out-of-hours drop-off. If your planned drop-off date is outside opening hours, we recommend that you call the rental company beforehand to check whether this is possible. You will find the telephone numbers of the drop-off stations in your booking confirmation.
Please note: Some providers do not have stations. With these, pick-up and drop-off is usually done by a phone call within certain times or via the provider's app.
What happens if I do not return the rental car to the agreed destination on time?
We can only offer the one-way rental for 1€ because it is advantageous for all parties. If the rental car is not returned to the agreed destination on time, the car rental company will incur additional costs, which is why a deposit is reserved on your credit card by the provider when you rent the car. If everything goes as agreed, the deposit is usually released by the rental company a few days after the car has been delivered.
If there are any delays in the drop-off, we recommend that you inform the provider in a timely manner. You will find the contact numbers in your booking confirmation.