Everybody wants a smooth and carefree car hire experience. To be able to have a hassle-free process of renting a car, one needs to know a few things. These include the materials that you need to bring when you pick up the car and the items that you must check before you drive off with the car. This article will help you make sure that you are prepared for your car hire.

The items that you need to bring with you during the pick-up are:

1. Identification Card

Every car rental company needs to make sure that you are who you say you are. This is also to make sure that you have reached the minimum age allowed to rent a car. If you plan to have more than one person to drive the car, make sure that they are old enough and that they have their ID with them too.

If you or the other person driving the car are below the minimum age to hire a car, you are most likely to incur a young driver fee. This system is placed not only for the company’s safety but also for your own safety.

2. Utility Bill and National Insurance Number

Another thing that you have to provide is your National Insurance Number. This allows the company to be in contact with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). If you don’t know your National Insurance Number, you may call the DVLA and ask for it over the phone.

3. Driving licence

Of course, if you want to drive you are going to need your driving licence. Everyone who is planning to drive a rental car is required to bring their licence with them. If you are hiring a car in another country, make sure that you look up all the information needed as there might be a change in the rules relating to hiring cars.

Some car hire companies might also look for an international driving license. You need to read and understand the terms and conditions set by the car hire company before finalising your rental. It would also be best to do some research before hiring.

4. Credit card

Regardless of how you paid for your car rental, a local car rental company will need a deposit to be charged to your credit card. This is why bringing your credit card when picking up your car is a must. The amount charged by car hire companies varies and they tell you this in advance, so you don’t have to panic.

A few tips to remember: the credit card to be presented should be named after the name of the main driver or the person whose name appears on the booking document or voucher. The credit card must also have a high credit limit. The deposit is then refunded after the rental.

After setting your booking, you are now good to go. You will be given a Rental Agreement which gives the terms and conditions and proof that you hired the vehicle. But before driving off, you may want to check the condition of the car. If there is any damage, make sure you note it down with the employee. It is also advised that you take pictures indicating the date. Aside from the notable damage, you must pay attention to details such as:

  • Scratches and dents
  • Windshield wipers and sprayers
  • Tyre pressure
  • Fuel level
  • Extra features such as GPS

These are just some of the things that you should keep in mind to ensure that your car hire experience is hassle-free!

Here at Bristol Car and Van Hire, we give you best quality of vehicles for hire. Whatever your need may be, we’ll find the right car suited for you. Our attention to detail and customer care policy are of utmost importance to our continued business success. This is why you can always expect a service of absolute satisfaction when you choose to use our services. You can take a look at our website and browse our collection of vehicles. If you have any questions, concerns and/or clarifications about our products and services, please don’t hesitate to contact the team. You may call us at 01179593333 or send us an email at info@www.bristolcar-vanhire.co.uk.