Let’s start with a little lesson with the terminology if you are planning on renting a car in Spain. Though you may not have any experience renting cars in Spain, I am sure you have searched the internet for a rental car at one point or another.
Often you would just type in the search something like: “Best Rental Car in Spain”, “Best Prices for Car Rental in Spain”, or “Car Rental Deals in Spain”, “Car Rental Spain”. This is great for the Americans as it is a common term and the way Americans refer to a car that you want to rent.
Well, there are far more British tourists in Spain than Americans, so you are likely to find more accurate results when searching British style with terms like: “Car Hire in Spain”, “Best Car Hire Tips in Spain”, “Car Hire Deals In Spain” or “Spain Car Hire”.
Of course, you need it to be large enough to accommodate all of your passengers and luggage, so that is a given. You also want to consider your destination and the size of the Spanish roads. When you are renting a car in Spain, it will likely be small and a stick shift.
If you plan to stick to the main highways and bigger cities, then it isn’t as much of an issue. If you have any plans to venture into the smaller villages and really explore Spain, then don’t hire a big car!
Many side roads are wide enough for one car, but they are meant to be two-way streets. Yep, that is how these old villages work, they weren’t planning for the future all those years ago. Some roads today are based on old walking or herding paths. You don’t want to pay for the bumps and bruises when you return your rental car.
We usually rent the MPV style (Multi-Purpose Vehicle), which is similar to a Peugeot Partner or Citröen Berlingo. There is plenty of space for 5 passengers and it likely has the most luggage space you will find. It is similar to a small minivan and is the style of car we owned for 2 years in Spain. It is not too big for the streets and fairly easy to park.
This is the million-dollar question when you have a car hire in Spain! Actually when you rent a car anywhere, but I do believe it applies even more so in Spain.
When driving around Spain, you will see many cars a bit banged up with dings and scratches. Much of which is caused by those narrow roads or careless drivers.
Auto bodywork is fairly inexpensive in much of Spain, so people just go get things repaired or just start a collection of dings. It is all cosmetic and it is also bound to happen over time, especially on the rearview mirrors or the front/rear bumpers. Look into the insurance options carefully and decide what works best for you.
Once again, I can’t stress enough to read the fine print. These are some of the critical variables you need to consider for your rental car in Spain. These are the most common items which can vary depending on where you rent. Pay close attention to the terms.
By law, if you do not have an EU driving license, you are required to have an international driving license. Most rental companies state this in the T&C’s. However, they may or may not request to see your international driving license when picking up your car rental. It may vary depending on pick up location and/ or agent, but we have rented many times in Malaga, Madrid, and Barcelona and have never been asked to show this document.