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

Car Rentals made simple

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

Car Rentals in Southampton

Wide range of compact, family, luxury and specialist performance cars for hire in Southampton through Car Hire Assistant, the Car rental comparison service. Anyone that has had to search for the best car rental prices will appreciate the time consuming nature of the process and the frustration of trying to compare prices on a 'like for like' basis. Car Hire Assistant removes the vagaries and ensures that our prices are presented in a manner that allows you to compare prices, benefits and terms on an equal basis. Your search for car hire in Southampton has brought you to our site and now we can get to work.

We are a car hire comparison site, which means that we will, on your behalf, seek prices from all the rental operators we have in Southampton. The number of rental operators we deal with varies, however, to give you an insight into the depths we go to, we have some 550 rental operators, with in excess of 30,000 locations in 175 countries. As will become apparent, this is an extensive network and maximises your opportunities to get the best price for your hire in Southampton. One fundamental  aspect of this comparison service is that all the hire companies know 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 Southampton and they will be marked with a best buy icon. 

To ensure that you are provided with a comprehensive choice, in addition to local rental companies in Southampton, we also seek prices from national and international operators who have rental locations in Southampton. Some of these operators may have several locations in Southampton, at strategic places, such as Southampton airports, railway stations or in the centre of the city.  Some of the companies we may seek quotes from will be familiar to you, they include; Europcar, National, Avis, Sixt, Hertz, Budget Rent A Car, Enterprise and Alamo. Wide range of compact, family, luxury and specialist performance cars for hire in Southampton through Car Hire Assistant, the Car rental comparison service.

Although the precise terms of some rental companies will differ, you can be assured that the prices you are quoted for your Southampton rental car will be fully inclusive, with no hidden charges such as airport collection premiums, credit card surcharges or booking fees. Our fully inclusive prices will include; Collision Damage Waiver, Third Party Liability Protection, Theft Waiver and taxes. You will be given the opportunity to review the specific terms of the rental company in Southampton before you book. If you have read to this point, they you may like to know, that in the time it has taken you to get to this point, you could have entered your hire details and received a summary of the best deals in Southampton. We have timed the process and it takes under a minute. It is a free service, we don't add on a booking fee or surcharge for using ours service, so you really have nothing to lose, but everything to gain. 

When you are presented with the summary of hire prices for Paris, you will also be given the opportunity to filter the type of vehicle you are seeking. These are categorised as; Mini, Economy, Standard or Intermediate, Full Size, Luxury or Premium, Van or Minivan (people carriers), SUV and Exotic or Special. The extent of vehicle options available in Southampton will be dependent on the availability for the dates you require. However, some operators also specialise in top of the range rental cars and/or special or exotic cars and these might include; Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin, BMW M5's and so on. 

No matter which part of Southampton you want to collect your rental car, we are confident that we can accommodate your needs with little need to compromise. Remember, we will contact independent and national operators in Southampton, to ensure that you receive the best prices and, the most choice (locations, types of vehicles etc.) If you want to take a look at the specifications of specific models contained within the categories listed above, please refer to the link above. Car Hire Assistant would be delighted to help you find the best deals in Southampton and we hope you will give us the opportunity.

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.
  • Heathrow Airport Limited, The Compass Centre, Nelson Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW6 2GW. Telephone: +44 (0)844 335 1801, website: www.heathrowairport.com
  • London Luton Airport, Navigation House, Airport Way, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 9LY. Telephone: +44 (0)1582 405100, website: www.london-luton.co.uk.
  • London Gatwick Airport, Gatwick, West Sussex, RH6 0JH. Telephone: +44 (0)870 000 2468, website: www.gatwickairport.com
  • Stansted Airport, Round Coppice Road, Stansted, Essex, CM24 1SF. Telephone: +44 (0)870 0000 303, website: www.stanstedairport.com
  • London City Airport, Royal Docks, London, E16 2PX. +44 (0)44 (0)20 7646 0088, website: www.londoncityairport.com
  • Birmingham International Airport, Birmingham, West Midlands, B26 3QJ. Telephone: +44 (0)121 767 5511, website: www.bhx.com
  • Manchester Airport, Manchester, M90 1QX. Telephone: +44 (0)161 489 3000, website: www.manairport.co.uk
  • Leeds Bradford International Airport, Leeds, LS19 7TU. Telephone: +44 (0)113 250 9696, website: www.lbia.co.uk
  • Glasgow Airport, Abbotsinch, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA3 2ST. Telephone: +44 (0)44 (0)141 887 1111, website: www.glasgowairport.com
  • Edinburgh Airport, Turnhouse Road, Midlothian, Scotland, EH12 9DN. Telephone: +44 (0)131 333 1000, website: www.edinburghairport.com
  • 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

There are 28 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United Kingdom and overseas territories. Those on the UK mainland include; Blaenavon Industrial Landscape, Blenheim Palace, Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church, Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd, City of Bath, Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape, Derwent Valley Mills, Dorset and East Devon Coast, Durham Castle and Cathedral, Frontiers of the Roman Empire, Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast, Gough and Inaccessible Island, Heart of Neolithic Orkney, Henderson Island, Ironbridge Gorge, Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City, Maritime Greenwich, New Lanark, Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, St Kilda, Saltaire, Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites, Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey, Tower of London and Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church.

Great attractions to visit in the UK include; British Museum;  Tate Modern; National Gallery; Natural History Museum; Science Museum; V&A (South Kensington); Buckingham Palace; National Maritime Museum; Tower of London; St Paul’s Cathedral; National Portrait Gallery; Tate Britain; British Library; Westminster Abbey; National Galleries of Scotland (Edinburgh sites); Old Royal Naval College Greenwich; Edinburgh Castle; Chester Zoo; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum (Glasgow); Imperial War Museum (London); Roman Baths & Pump Room, Bath; Canterbury Cathedral; Merseyside Maritime Museum; London Zoo; Stonehenge; Eden Project; Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley; World Museum Liverpool; Chatsworth House Trust; Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; Houses of Parliament; National Railway Museum; Leeds Castle; Hampton Court Palace; National War Museum; Blenheim Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, London Aquarium, London Dungeon, London Eye, Madame Tussauds's, Tower Bridge Exhibition, Churchill War Rooms, The London Eye and Windsor Castle.


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