If you’re planning on saving cash by foregoing far-flung destinations and holidaying closer to home this year, you may be paying more than you bargained for due to drastically varying car-hire prices at popular destinations.

A new study by revealed that prices can vary by as much as £600 per week, effectively wiping out any savings in air fare made by flying to a more local destination.

For instance, the average cost to rent a compact family car at Orlando airport, Florida for a week is £289. Renting a similar car from Faro airport in Portugal will cost £965.

Holiday hire car prices for comparable cars can vary by as much as £600

In fact, Portugal topped the list of 13 popular destinations, including Italy, Spain, Greece and the US, for its outrageous car-hire rates. The difference in prices is largely made up by add-ons and insurance, with a week’s excess waiver cover, insurance for a second driver and options such as child seats and sat navs, adding hundreds to the basic rental price.

However, holidaymakers may be able to save a small amount by avoiding the big name car rental desks in the terminal, and instead opting for smaller outfits, usually located in the airport car parks themselves.

Also, customers may want to consider taking out standalone excess waiver cover, which can typically cost around £15-£20 per week, compared to the £100 charged on average at airports.

Have you ever felt ripped-off when renting a car on holiday? Have your say below.

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Daljinder Nagra


July 3, 2014

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