What types of cars do you rent?

Car Hire Comparison UK: Most rental companies categorise the hire cars and broadly speaking, these are as follows: Mini, Economy, compact, Standard or Intermediate, Full Size, Luxury or Premium, Vans/Minivans (also referred to as MPV's or People Carriers), SUV's and, depending on the location, Exotic and/or Special Cars which may include such icons as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini and so on. The 'vans' or people carriers are typically available in derivatives from 5 seats through to nine seater. Some locations will also have soft tops (convertibles/cabriolets) available, from a sports car through to a family soft top or 4x4 with a removable, canvas top. Compare Car Hire.

The range is exhaustive and we invite you to look at the 'information' section for additional details on individual vehicles and specifications. Remember, that the extent of the range will be dependent on availability, location and country. 

Where can I get my rental car?

The good news is that 'Car Hire Assistant' has access to over 550 suppliers who, combined, have some 30,000 locations in 175 countries. Therefore, if you want to collect your rental car from a large city, small town, holiday resort, sea port or airport, there is an excellent chance that one of the rental companies we use will have an office near you. If you want to collect your hire car from one location and return it to another, this is also possible with some hire companies, although a premium is charged. Many of the companies we deal with also have kiosks or stations at major airports. 

Remember, our service is free, there are no hidden charges or booking surcharges. We search, so you can compare, not just the price of your rental car, but the options, types of vehicles, locations and service. Compare car hire prices with Car Hire Assistant, The UK  Car Hire Comparison Site - Compare Car Hire

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Renting a car, van or people carrier (MPV) does not have to be a stressful experience. Using a car rental comparison site such as 'Car Hire Assistant' can save you  many hours attempting to find the cheapest deals and then trying to compare the hire options on a like for like basis. Moreover, the process of weeding out those rental operators that employ tactics of headline grabbing, low rental costs, only to hit the hirer with a huge list of extras, means you have to remain alert. Car Hire Assistant removes ambiguities with a guarantee of no hidden prices and a commitment to inclusive rental rates. Car options are laid out in a logical manner allowing the renter to compare 'apples with apples'. We also offer additional, complimentary services such as Car Hire Excess Insurance, Travel Insurance and Airport Transfers. Free service and no booking charges. The best comparison site for Cheap Car Hire

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Car Rentals Al Maktoum International Airport

Hire your rental car in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with Car Hire Assistant

Car Rental at Al Maktoum International Airport?
 
If your destination is Al Maktoum International Airport (UAE) and you need to rent a car, then Car Hire Assistant can help you find the best deals on car hire without limiting your options or damaging your pocket. Trawling the internet searching for the best deals for airport car rentals can be a time consuming chore, but there is another way and we would like to demonstrate how we, at Car Hire Assistant can help you in your endeavours.
 

What do we do?

Car Hire Assistant is a car rental comparison site. Instead of you spending countless hours attempting to find and compare competitive car rental rates, we will do it on your behalf, in a fraction of the time (minutes, instead of hours). In fact, it takes just about one minute to complete the form (on the right), select search and receive a summary of the most competitive rates for Al Maktoum International Airport car rentals.


How do we do it?

We can access 550 suppliers, based in 175 countries, with some 30,000 rental locations, which includes, of course, Al Maktoum International Airport. This allows us to spread our net wide and subsequently provide you with a detailed summary of the most appropriate rental deals in terms of price, chosen location for the collection and type of vehicle selected.

Compact and economy car rentals from all airports in United Arab Emirates (UAE) with Car Hire AssistantWhich rental operators do your search?

We have a broad selection of car hire companies to allow us to provide you with a comprehensive summary. Within the list will be independent local operators, as well as national operators which will include, but is not limited to: Europcar, Thrifty, Dollar, National, Avis, Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise and Alamo. One fundamental aspect of this comparison service is that all the hire companies are cognisant of the fact they are being compared and this encourages them to be competitive. Because none of us want to miss out on promotions and special offers, these will be included with our hire summary for Al Maktoum International Airport and will be highlighted at the beginning of the rental summary.

What will my summary include?

Based on the search criteria you provide, we will deliver a summary that includes the 'car groupings' you have chosen, for example; compact, economy, full size or luxury. We will also provide you with the vehicle specifications, 'typical' models that fall inside your preferred grouping and, of course, the all important price. The options will be presented in a logical column based format allowing you to make an informed decision as to which car and rental package best meets your requirments. We complete the search and summary allowing you to compare and decide on a like for like basis.

 What is included?

All too often, rental companies advertise a low daily rates for hire cars, however, on closer inspection (not always prior to booking), renters discover that the rates quoted are a stripped down version of what is required and that "mandatory" extras have been excluded from the headline price. We consider this to be a dishonest and reprehensible approach to new customers. We do not operate in this manner, we will provide you with prices that are Fully Inclusive, in other words, they will include the following; Collision Damage Waiver, Third Party Liability Protection, Theft Waiver, Airport charges, Tax and Credit Card Surcharges. Using our service is free; there are no hidden charges or booking fees to concern yourself with.Rental Cars in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), including Dubai and Abu Dhabi

 How Do I book?

The process is designed to be as painless a possible. Once you have selected your preferred rental car and confirmed that you want to collect from Al Maktoum International Airport, you select the "Book" button; enter your name, credit card details and flight number. That's it. You will receive an email confirmation. In addition, you will be able to view the general terms and conditions before you book. Specific terms from your selected rental company will be sent with your confirmation.

What do I need when I arrive at Al Maktoum International Airport?

We have provided a comprehensive 'frequently asked questions' section above, under "information", but in summary, you will need to take your booking confirmation, driver's licence (photo licence and paper licence if you have one), passport and your credit card to pay the balance and, in some instances, to pay a 'fuel deposit'. It should ne noted that many car rental companies now insist on a fuel deposit. See our FAQ section for more details. Also remember that rental operators often have slightly different policies and therefore it is important to study the specific terms which you will receive by email.

In summary

Our success is based upon offering you the best rental packages, in terms of price, what is included, vehicle range and convenience. Therefore, we strive to do this, because we are working on your behalf. If you are happy with our service, we feel sure you will elect to book your rental car through us and, hopefully, return again in the future. We earnestly hope that we have met your expecations in terms of price, ease of use and service and decide to book your rental car at Al Maktoum International Airport through Car Hire Assistant.

 

About Dubai

Dubai is an emirate within the United Arab Emirates (UAE), however, a city within the emirate is also named Dubai and it has the largest population of all the emirates. Dubai City is located on the emirate's northern coastline. The modern emirate of Dubai was created after the United Kingdom left the area in 1971. At this point in history Dubai, together with Abu Dhabi and four other emirates, formed the United Arab Emirates. Later, Ras al Khaimah joined the federation, whilst Qatar and Bahrain elected to remain independent nations. In 1973, the UAE Dirham was introduced through the UAE. Interestingly, much of Dubai's population is made up of expats, making it one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. As a consequence, although Arabic is the official language German Hindi, English, Urdu, Malayalam, Tamil, Persian and Russian are widely spoken.

Whilst Dubai was originally built and developed as a result of oil revenues, today, the main drivers are property, financial services and, of course, tourism. Dubai city can easily be descried as a global city and a business hub. In recent years, Dubai has gained further prominence as a consequence of it becoming host to many major sporting events and large scale construction projects, such as; the Burj Al Arab, the world's largest hotel, Dubai Mall the world's largest shopping mall; The Dubai Fountain the world's largest fountain and Rose Tower the world's tallest hotel. Also under construction is Dubailand, which will have six components: theme parks, sports venues, eco-tourism, health facilities, science attractions, and hotels. It is expected to be virtually tree times the size of Walt Disney World.

Then there is Palm Islands which is an artificial group of islands off of the coast of Dubai. The three islands that make up this archipelago are the largest man made islands in the world, with each being shaped as a palm tree, hence the name. The islands are so large, they can even be seen from outser space. The islands add an additional 60km of shoreline to the city. In 2012, the first phase of four theme parks will open on the Crescent. These parks, which together will be called "World of Discovery," will be developed and operated by the Busch Entertainment Corporation. The parks include SeaWorld, Aquatica, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove. Palm Islands are host to variety of water theme parks, restaurants, health spas, marinas, shopping malls, cinemas, sports facilities and dive sites.

Dubai is also a significant port and with low import duties, it is well known for being an excellent place for those who enjoy shopping. Selling anything from luxury cars, through to designer clothes, gold and perfumes. From the Deira Gold Souk, shoppers can buy individually carved gold jewellery, as well as gemstones such as diamonds, rubies and emeralds. The Al Ain Plaza is another shopping mall favoured by tourists with a wide range of shops restaurants, cafe's and entertainment centres.

Dubai is famous for its world-class gold courses and it is also the venue for the Dubai Desert Classic (started in 1986) one of the most golfing important tournaments in Europe. Golf courses in Dubai include; Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Emirates Golf Club, Montgomerie Golf Club and the Al Badia Golf Resort.

Dubai has an excellent night-life scene, which includes many bars, themed pubs, piano bars, sports bars, jazz clubs, night clubs and other music venues. However, they all must close not later than 3.00am, no exceptions. All clubs serve alcohol, unless it is their holy season, Ramadan, but you have to be 21 to enter a club and/or drink. Most clubs are closed on a Monday, but the best nights in Dubai are on Thursday's and Friday's. Tourists should be able to get into any club, even 'members only' clubs, because they are not allowed to refuse entry. However, they can charge an entrance fee, set at a level set that will deter the average tourist, which is the intention of course. Dubai's larger clubs are on Sheikh Zayed Road and with more clubs lining Jumeirah Beach Road.

 

About the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates is situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south. It shares sea borders with Qatar to the west and Iran to the north. The UAE is a constitutional federation of seven emirates; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah, each governed by a hereditary emir, with a single national president. The rules retain absolute power within their emirate. The United Arab Emirates has a land mass of 51,946 miles (about the same size as Austria) and the largest emirate is Abu Dhabi accounting for 87% of the UAE land area measuring 41,843 square miles. The UAE has a total population of 4.7m (2010). Some 80% of the UAE is desert with the largest natural harbour at Dubai. 

The capital of the United Arab Emirates is Abu Dhabi and the largest city is Dubai. Whilst English is spoken in popular tourist areas, the major language is Arabic. The main industries within the UAE are oil, gas and tourism, the latter being part of the diversification programme adopted by the country. Currency is the Dirham. The UAE is home to the world's tallest building, The Burj Khalifa skyscraper, which opened in January 2010 and boasts 162 floors, it is 828m high. 

The UAE is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world, the jewels in the crown are unquestionably Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi welcomed 2.6m tourists in 2011, whilst Dubai is forecasting a visitor total of 9m in 2012, compared with 8.2m 2011. Around 1 million British nationals visit the United Arab Emirates every year. While Abu Dhabi has remained relatively conservative in diversifying into tourism, Dubai, which has far smaller oil reserves, has been much bolder and, based on tourist numbers, more successful. Whilst Gulf States tend to be conservative, the UAE is one of the most liberal countries in the Gulf, with other cultures and beliefs generally tolerated, particularly in Dubai. The consumption of alcohol is allowed only by non-Muslims in licensed restaurants, pubs, clubs, and private venues. You must be 21 or over in order to drink alcohol legally in the UAE (18 in Abu Dhabi). Alcohol is not available in Sharjah.

Buying or selling drugs is considered a very serious crime in the UAE, which can result in term of life imprisonment. In addtion, some medicines which are permitted in the Uk, but contain psychotropic substances are forbidden. If you are taking prescription drugs, it is advisable to carry a doctor’s note and if you are bringing prescription drugs into the UAE you may need to seek prior agreement from the authorities. 

For visitors, the UAE is considered very safe, with many of the comforts of home. The UAE caters well for visitors with shopping areas full of designer clothes, superb beaches and excellent restaurants. The more energetic may want to go for a 4WD desert safari or a more pedestrian camel ride, dive into the coral-filled waters, or enjoy the magnificent mountain scenery. Visitors should note than many beaches are attached to hotels and a charge may be levied for using the facility. In addition, rip currents are a major hazard; therefore, even the strongest swimmers should exercise caution when swimming in the sea. Abu Dhabi has the world's fastest roller-coaster as well as the world's largest indoor theme park. Alternatively, if it is a little hot, located in Umm al-Quwain, is the Dreamland Water Park which is the largest in the UAE and one of the largest in the world.

With the exception of Sharaj, the nightife in the UAE is very lively. It can include sophisticated cocktail lounges, British or Irish pubs, piano and jazz bars, cabaret shows or clubs and bars with Dj's. The dress code is generally casual. But many bars and clubs prevent shorts, jeans, and sandals. Nonetheless, in spite of this openly thriving nightscape, you can't escape the fact that it is a traditional and a Muslim country with many traditional values.

For example, whilst dancing is allowed at licensed clubs, dancing in public is classed as indecent and provocative. Similarly, open expressions of affection, such as kissing in public are considered an offence against public decency. Holding hands is okay, but only if you are married. Emiratis dress conservatively in traditional dress and can be offended when people dress inappropriately or not in accordance with Islamic values. In public places, clothing should not be transparent, expose parts of the body, or display offensive pictures or slogans. Swimwear can only be worn on beaches, in water parks and at swimming pools. Swearing or making obscene gestures is also illegal and some offenders have ended up with 6 month sentences. 

In the United Arab Emirates, sex outside of marriage is illegal and if any offenders are brought to the attention of the UAE authorities they run the risk of prosecution, imprisonment and/or a fine and deportation. Same sex marriages are not recognised. Similarly, cohabiting in a hotel if you are not married is also considered an offence.

The shopping capital of the UAE is undoubtedly Dubai, referred to as ‘the shopping capital of the Middle East’, however, Abu Dhabi is gaining fast and Sharjah, Ajman and Ra’s al-Khaimah have recently opened new shopping malls. Prices in the UAE are generally competitive, however, the key is to negotiate wherever possible in fact, in souqs prices can drop dramatically and bartering is expected. That said, major stores in shopping malls quote fixed prices and bartering is not accepted.

Located in the Deira area of Dubai is the Gold Souk which has more than 300 dealers in jewellery, primarily gold jewellery and diamonds. In fact, Dubai’s trade in gold and precious jewels represents around 25% of the emirate’s non-oil trade. Many people go to Dubai for the shopping and visitors should not miss the exceptional, tax free deals at the 'Mall of the Emirates' and the large number of other shopping malls, complexes and souks located all over Dubai. There is also a huge complex of duty free shops at Dubai International Airport. 

The Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas) are a World Heritage Site and the following are on the 'tentative list; Al Bidya Mosque, Ed-Dur Site, Khor Dubai, Settlement and Cemetery of Umm an-Nar Island, Sir Bu Nair Island and The Cultural Landscape of the Central Region in the Emirate of Sharjah. 

The best time to visit the UAE is from October to May. Whilst the weather can still be relatively hot, up to 35°C, it remains pleasant with blue skies and warm evenings. Daytime temperatures fall to around 24C from December through to January, and evening temperatures fall to an average of 14°C. There can be heavy downpours between December and March, but these are short-lived. From March through to April, temperatures steadily rise from 24°C to 30°C and sometimes above. Generally speaking, with temperatures in the high 40's and 100% humidity, June to September should be avoided.

Most of the major car rental firms are represented in the UAE, but prices vary considerably and therefore the advice is always to shop around. Visitors hiring a car will be issued with a UAE temporary driving permit by car hire companies on presentation of a valid national or international driving licence. A temporary driving permit from any emirate allows visitors to drive throughout the UAE. Petrol is cheap, but it should be noted that traffic regulations are strictly enforced. Drinking and driving is prohibited and if you fail to heed this law, you could be held personally responsible for any damage or injuries and, face imprisonment. It is also an offence to carry alcohol in your car if you do not hold the special alcohol licence. The wearing of seat belts is compulsory and children under 12 cannot use the front seat. 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offers the following additional advice. If you have a motor accident, ensure you follow the rules of the Emirate in which you are travelling. In Abu Dhabi, if no one has been hurt and vehicle damage is minor, drivers should move their vehicles to the side of the road to avoid blocking traffic; otherwise, the vehicles should not be moved. In Dubai, you should only move your vehicle if it is causing an obstruction to other motorists. In the other Emirates, you may only move your car if the accident is minor and both parties agree on who is responsible for it. In all cases, the police must be called, and it is an offence to leave the scene of the accident before the police have arrived. Even minor expressions of 'road rage', such as rude gestures, can attract significant penalties. It is very much in your interests to display calm at all times.

Taxi's are readily available and can be flagged down in the street, booked through your hotel or pre-booked by telephone. Taxi's are relatively inexpensive in the UAE. Whilst most tourists travel by taxi, there is also an efficient bus service, generally mini-buses and all are air conditioned. In Dubai, there is also the option of water taxi's or the Dubai Metro, which also offers a regular service from the airport.

Planning your Trip

Things always seem to go better when they are carefully planned and flying to another destination is no exception. Plan well and all things being equal, you should have an uneventful trip with less stress. Here are the top tips:

Before you leave

  • Ensure that you have your airline tickets, vouchers for hotel bookings, car rental and/or airport shuttle transfers, your passport, visa (if required), money, credit cards and travellers cheques. If you are renting a car at your destination, make sure you have your driver's licence (paper and photo) and, if necessary, an international drivers permit. These items should all be kept in your hand luggage.
  • Familiarise yourself with the 'banned item' list, these change from time to time, but it is important to know what can go in your hand luggage, what must go in the hold and what you simply cannot take with you.
  • Avoid wrapping items such as gifts or presents because these may be opened by security at your departing or destination airport.
  • If you are taking essential medicines, ensure that that they are in their original packaging and, if they are prescription drugs, try and get a letter from your doctor confirming that these have been prescribed for you. Also remember, that is some countries, certain drugs are banned, even if you have been prescribed them by your doctor. If in doubt, check with the airline and/or embassy.
  • Make sure that you choose comfortable clothing, especially if it is a long journey, also be cognisant of the weather at your destination, which may influence your choice of clothes.
  • Check the weight of your luggage. Most airlines have a strict policy on exceeding baggage limits and airport surcharges can be very expensive. In addition, some airlines will not allow you to pay in excess at checkin, which could lead to delays and inconvenience.

Heading for the airport

  • Always remember to allow plenty of time to arrive at the airport. As a general rule, if you are taking an international flight, you should aim to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure. For local or domestic flights, at least one hour.
  • Make sure you know what terminal you are departing from, some airports are very large and the distance between the terminal buildings can be considerable.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to the airport. Road maintenance often happens at night, and this can occasionally lead to unexpected road closures, so check before you travel and allow ample time for your journey. If you are travelling during the day, then traffic may become your curse, once again, check on travel information sites and allow extra time for unexpected delays.
  • If you are driving to the airport yourself, it is advisable to book your airport parking in advance. Many websites no offer this service and it can be much cheaper than attempting to find parking on arrival.
  • If you are using public transport to get to the airport, then make sure you have booked advance tickets and also, that there are no planned maintenance (in respect of railways) or anticipated road works in the case of coach travel.
  • If you are travelling by hire car and intend to leave it at the airport, make sure the rental company has facilities to allow you to drop it off. Not all car rental companies have airport facilities, many are located just outside.

On arrival at the airport terminal

  • Since 2001, airport security has been tightened considerably and, on occasion, additional security measures are employed at very short notice. As a consequence, the amount of time taken to go through airport security has lengthened considerably and it can also be unpredictable, especially if additional measures have been introduced.
  • Make sure you are familiar with what you can take through security, particularly in relation to banned items and liquids. Remember, even if you have purchased something at the airport (such as drinks), you may not be able to take it through security and/or on the airline.
  • You must keep your baggage with you at all times. In part because of the security issues at airports, but also because it will almost certainly contain your essential travel documents and you would not want to lose them or have them stolen. You should never look after the belongings of other people or agree to carry anything onto the aircraft on their behalf.
  • Once you are through passport control and security, make sure you keep a close eye on the 'departure boards', many airport no longer make verbal announcements and you need to know which gate number your flight is departing from. Also consider the amount of time it takes to get from where you are to the gate, some airport are very large, such as Heathrow and it can take up to 30 minutes to get to the gate.

On the plane

  • If you are going on a long journey, then try to relax and get some sleep. For shorter journeys you may want to read a book, watch a movie or listen to music on your MP3 player. So make sure you have packed laptops, tablets and/or music players into your hand luggage.
  • It is advisable not to eat too much on long haul flights, because this can lead to an inability to sleep or indigestion. Move around the aircraft as much as you can to keep your circulation working. If you have flight socks, then consider using them.
  • Avoid too much alcohol, but drink plenty of other beverages to avoid dehydration.
  • Even if you are a seasoned traveller, it is worthwhile spending a few minutes to decide exactly what you need from your hire car. 
  • When considering the type of vehicle you wish to hire, consider the passengers and the luggage. Hiring a Suzuki jeep for 4 people with luggage could really be a problem. All too often hirers count the seats, but not the luggage.
  • If you are going on holiday and want to relax consider carefully whether you want a manual or automatic gearbox. 
  • Most cars have air conditioning as standard, but some of the economy vehicles may not, therefore if this is important to you, check carefully before you book and upgrade to the next model if necessary.
  • If you are not familiar with the country you are travelling to, then you need to think ahead. Planning the journey from your arrival airport to your destination is often overlooked. Do you need a local map, SatNav or will you take written directions? There is nothing worse than arriving at the airport in the middle of the night and getting lost! 
  • Do you need booster seats, child seats or a ski rack? These are often available from the hire companies at an additional charge, but they have to be booked in advance.  
  • Will you be the only driver? Some rental companies will allow a second driver at no additional charge (or for a small fee), but this needs to be booked in advance.
  • It is recommended that you remove the identiying tag from the car key ring and keep it in a safe place until the termination of your hire to avoid highlighting that you are a tourist and using a rental car. 
  • One Way Hires or dropping the car off at a different location can be convenient, but expensive. Most car hire companies allow this option, but it is worth checking the difference between these options and returning the car to the airport terminal. 
  • Check the terms of your hire carefully. Some rental companies will supply the car with a full tank of petrol and will expect you to return it with a full tank. If you don’t, then there could be additional charges levied and the cost of fuel may not be the most competitive. If your car is not provided with a full tank of petrol then you should plan to stop as early as possible refuel. 
  • Before you accept the car, make sure you check the condition carefully, noting any damage, including scratches, dents, tyres or windscreen damage. You should ensure that these are written on the handover form to avoid any arguments when the vehicle is returned. Also remember that, as the driver, you are responsible for ensuring that the hire car meets local road and traffic regulations, this includes, but is not limited to tyres, lights, wipers and brakes. If you are not happy, reject the vehicle and ask for an alternative. 
  • Above all, familiarise yourself with the car before you drive. Being in a different country with an unfamiliar car can be stressful. Take your time.
  • Rules of the road and more specifically traffic laws and regulations vary enormously between different countries. Therefore, whilst your drivers licence may be valid, your appreciation of local driving laws may not. To avoid frustration, fines, arrest or accidents, all travellers would be well advised to familiarise themselves with the local driving regulations before they embark on their journey. Many European countries also impose 'on the spot' fines for offences such as speeding. Also worth noting is that the car hire company will hold you personally liable for any fines incurred whilst you are using the vehicle, for example, parking fines

Guide to common rental car definitions:

These definitions are provided only as a guide and it essential that you refer to the terms and conditions of your rental agreement for specific terms relative to your hire.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), also referred to as: Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
If the hired car or any of its parts or accessories is damaged other than by theft, attempted theft or vandalism, while on rental, CDW limits your liability to the amount of the non-waivable excess, if any, which applies in each country, provided that you have adhered to all the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement. CDW does not cover any damage caused as a result of theft, attempted theft or vandalism.

Theft Waiver (TW)
It is an insurance offered by the car rental firm limiting your liability to the excess amount in case of theft of the vehicle. This does not over negligence, if for example you can't return the ignition key, or you left it in an unsafe place, you could be liabel for the full cost of the vehicle, as would be the case with most domestic car insurance policies.

Third Party Liability Protection
Offers protection against any third pary liability such as damage to another vehicle or personal injuries to an individual not travelling in the hire car. TPLP typically does not have an excess or deductible amount to pay.

Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW)
Covers tyres, roof and windscreen.

Personal Insurance (PI) Insures against the cost if you accidentally kill yourself or a passenger. (Also see ALI below)
 
Personal Effects Cover (PEC)
Covers property that has been stolen from a vehicle.
 
Additional Liability Insurance (ALI)
This is an optional insurance that protects the hirer and other other authorised drivers against claims made by third parties for personal injuries, death and property damage caused by the use of or the operation of the rental car.

 

The top 20 tourist destinations around the world for British nationals are as follows; 1. Spain 17m, 2. France 14m, 3. USA 6.5m, 4. Ireland 3.579m, 5. Italy 3.5m, 6. Greece 3m, 7. Germany 2.372m, 8. Portugal 2.254m, 9. Turkey 1.920m, 10. Cyprus 1.3m, 11. China (including Hong Kong) 1.212m, 12. Egypt 1.202m, 13. UAE 1.1m, 14. Thailand 812k, 15. India 734k, 16. Australia 670k, 17. Canada 650k, 18. South Africa 451k, 19. New Zealand 300k, 20. Pakistan 285k.

The coveted, top 10 most visited countries in the world are; 1. France 75.5m, 2. United States 50.9m, 3. Spain 48.2m, 4. Italy 41.2m, 5. China 31.2m, 6. United Kingdom 25.2m, 7. Russia 21.2m, 8. Mexico 20.6m, 9. Canada 20.4m and 10. Germany 19m.

According to SkiHorizon, the top winter ski resorts were Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy. The French preferred, Val Thorens, Les Deux, Avoriaz, Les Arcs 1800, Les Menuires, The village of Les Coches, Saint Sorlin d'Arves, Risoul, Tignes Val Claret and Plagne Bellecote. For the British, it was; Morzine, Les Arcs, Saas Fee, Serre Chevalier, Avoriaz, La Plagne, St. Anton, Megeve, Puy St. Vincent and Alpe D'Huez. Whilst the Dutch opted for Risoul, Val Thorens, La Plagne, Saint Sorlin 'dArves, Menuires, Les Deaux Alpes, Avoriaz, SFL, Arca and Oz.

Although France leads the league table in terms of visitor numbers, the top spot in terms of revenue earned from tourism goes to America (World Tourism Organisation figures for 2010) of $103.5bn. 2. Spain $52.5bn, 3. France 46.3bn, 4. China $45.8bn, 5. Italy 38.8bn, 6. Germany $34.7bn, 7. United Kingdom $30.4bn, 8. Australia $30.1 bn, 9. Hong Kong (China) 23bn and 10. Turkey $20.8bn.

The worlds safest roads based on the estimated number of road traffic deaths per 100,000 of population are; 1. Netherlands(49), 2. Sweden (53), 3. Norway (56), 4. United Kingdom (57), 5. Switzerland (69), 6. Germany (71), 7. Finland (72), 8. Denmark (74) 9. Japan (75) and 10. Iceland (79).

The top selling cars in Europe in 2011 are; 1. VW Golf, 2. Ford Fiesta, 3. W Polo, 4. Opel Corsa, 5. Renault Clio, 6. OFord Focus, 7. Opel Astra, 8. Peugeot 207, 9. Fiat Punt0, 10. Renault Megane, 11. VW Passat, 12. Nissa Qashqai, 13. Fiat Panda, 14. Citroen C3 and 15. Skoda Octavia.



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