Cheap Car Rental Cyprus
There’s definitely not a shortage of cheap car rental Cyprus! It’s fascinating to discover that in a population of 1.82 million (as of October 2017), around 1 in every 112 motor vehicles ( i.e. nearly 10,000) are rental cars, according to Cyprus Government figures.
This means that competition is bound to be fierce in attracting passengers. Especially more so when the holiday season is over. Nevertheless, from October to April, the island still brings between 70,000 to 270,000 visitors from around the world during the different months of the autumn / winter period. At these times of the year, the ratio of rental hire cars to potential hire passengers could average from around 1 in 33 down to 1 in 7!
As a result, everyone – from late holiday makers to businessmen and general tourists – might imagine that they would definitely have the upper hand in securing an unbelievably cheap car rental in Cyprus. It goes without saying, of course, that there could be any number of common pitfalls to watch out for if you don’t want to end up with a vehicle that is likely to let you down.
When you’re searching for the best deal on a car rental, what are the items you need to be aware of to prevent any unwanted surprises?
Check the booking form carefully
Firstly, it is always recommended to book your car hire in advance, online. While online brokers may appear to be the cheapest, it’s always advised to check the hire firm’s own website for special rates – and do carefully compare “like with like” models, features and specification. Check the booking form carefully to see if the firm has added the phrase “or similar” to your confirmation of order. Most importantly, try to obtain a confirmation that the price you are quoted will definitely be the same as the amount you will actually pay, i.e. no hidden extras, no matter what time of day or night you arrive.
Not all car hire firms will be totally clear about the charges you will need to pay. Unexpected or hidden fees can be a nasty surprise, not to mention, the so-called add-ons. The quoted cheapest rate for a car rental can suddenly be the most expensive, once Excess Waiver Insurance and other extras are added. Always find out if the firm offers extra Damage Waivers and Theft Protection as inclusive, and are being upfront and totally honest with all their charges.
Next you need to ensure that the car will definitely be delivered to the airport at the time you are scheduled to arrive. Try to book a car hire which operates as near as possible to the airport – but not actually based at the airport. Not only are you more likely to obtain a cheaper price, you will also avoid unnecessary waiting and journey times. The best quality car hire service is less likely to delay your planned schedules by waiting times, hidden charges and unexpected excess rates. Always choose a full 24 hours service, complete with unlimited mileage.