Normally, the deductible can be reduced on site at the rental company for an extra charge. The cost is usually between 18€ to 25€ per day.😮
Whether it's worth it depends on the situation: Where am I going? Where do I park the rental car?🚗 Can I afford the excess if damage occurs?🙈 Can I afford the liability reduction?💰
Some credit cards 💳 offer coverage for damage to rental cars as an additional service if the rental is paid for with the credit card. However, you often have to pay the excess in advance and then apply for a refund from the credit card company. It is worth reading the small print carefully.
As a rule, you need a valid driving licence, a passport or identity card and a valid means of payment 💳 to rent a car. 🚗 If one of these documents is missing, the rental company can refuse to rent the vehicle.👎
You do not need an international driving licence within the EU. Both the EU driving licence and the old paper driving licence are valid in EU countries.🚗
In principle, there is no obligation to carry an international driving licence👍 even in European countries that are not members of the EU. The ADAC recommends an international driving licence for easier communication in some countries, e.g. Albania, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
Especially when it comes to means of payment, you should read the booking documents carefully 🧐 to be on the safe side.
The credit card 💳 is the most common means of payment when booking a rental car. However, there are also car rental companies that rent out their cars without a credit car and instead allow customers to pay by direct debit or EC card. In most cases, however, a credit card must be deposited for the deposit when picking up the car credit card for the deposit when picking up the rental car. Important: the credit card must be in the name of the renter. 🚗
Cash and debit cards:
It is only possible to pay the deposit in cash💰 or by EC card💳 in exceptional cases. This depends on the country of rental🌍 and the vehicle class. Whether a cash deposit is possible can be found in the rental terms and conditions of the rental company. If the rental company does not explicitly state that the deposit must be paid in cash, it must be paid by credit card.
Prepaid credit cards: Cardholders must first transfer money to the credit card in order to use it. This means they only work on a credit basis. Prepaid-credit cards are usually not accepted by car rental companies as a deposit. 😲
Depending on the provider, there is usually a goodwill allowance of 30 to 59 minutes ⏰ after the agreed drop-off time. After that, an additional day may be charged. 😲
Some car rental companies 🚘 make exceptions - provided you inform the station in good time about the delay. This is no guarantee that they won't charge you you won't be charged, but it increases the chances of an accommodating arrangement. Keeping to the return times is important for rental companies in order to plan the utilisation and availability availability of their fleet.
Many car rental companies have key safes for drop-off after closing time. It is important to know that the customer is liable for the condition of the rental car 🚘 until it has been checked in by an employee of the car rental company. If there is no key safe, you should never simply throw the key into the letterbox. If the rental car is lost, the car rental company could hold you liable for the damage. 😲
If a return outside the opening hours is unavoidable, we recommend that you arrange this directly with the drop-off station in advance..📞
Renting a car at the airport🛫 can be significantly more expensive 💰 than at a city branch. Surcharges of up to 25% 😲 as a "premium location charge" are not uncommon. The background to this is higher costs for operating the airport stations.
Not only higher parking space and counter rents, but also higher personnel costs due to extended opening hours 🕚 as well as a levy to the airport company are part of the costs that you, as a customer, help to finance through the surcharges.
There are three types of providers for the search:
If you have an accident with your rental car🆘, you should secure the scene of the accident with a warning triangle, put on a warning vest and switch on the hazard warning lights, administer first aid if necessary and in any case notify the police - even if it's only a fender bender.
The terms and conditions of the respective car rental company often stipulate that the police must be notified 👮. If you do not notify the police after an accident, your insurance cover could lapse 😲 It is irrelevant whether the accident involves personal injury or only whether the injured party only suffered damage to the bodywork.
Rental cars have liability insurance that covers damage caused by the other party involved in the accident. In the case of accidents that are not the fault of the driver, the liability insurance of the person who caused the accident takes effect.
You are responsible for damage to the rental car up to the amount of the agreed excess. Of course, it depends on whether you have taken out comprehensive cover with or without an excess.
You only have to pay in full for damage after an accident if you caused the accident intentionally or negligently. In that case, insurance companies usually do not pay.
Whether or not a trip abroad is permitted depends on the country to which you want to travel. The main issue here is insurance cover. Cross-border journeys within the EU are usually no problem. The situation is often different for journeys from Western to Eastern Europe, because there are different insurance conditions. Usually there is a fee for crossing the border with the rental car. The amount varies from rental company to rental company. Sometimes the deposit is also increased when driving abroad.
By the way: one-way rentals between countries are usually not possible. If it is possible to return the rental car in another country, you should clarify the costs in advance. the costs in advance, as very high repatriation fees may be incurred for the vehicle. If you plan to travel abroad with your rental car you should always inform the rental company in advance and read the rental conditions for your offer carefully.