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RENTING CAR IN Spain

Rental Car in Spain vs. Car Hire Spain

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”.

The size of your rental car does matter.

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.

Should I Buy Car Insurance when renting a car in Spain?

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.

What’s Included and What Isn’t when I’m Renting a car in Spain?

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.

  • Additional driver
  • Insurance
  • Roadside assistance (pay fee or deductible)
  • Fuel
  • Theft protection
  • Free cancellation
  • Changes to reservation

Is An International Drivers Permit Required?

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.

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1) Driver’s License: A valid driver's license in the name of the main driver. 2) Identification: A passport or other form of identification. 3) Credit Card: A credit card in the name of the main driver with sufficient funds. 4) Voucher: A printed Voucher or an e-Voucher where available.
If upgrades are available for your rental car, they will be offered on our website in the section where you can view your itinerary. Please note that upgrade charges vary by car type and by rental car company. Upgrading at the Rental Car Counter: Upgrade charges will be determined by the rental partner and will be payable directly to the rental company. If you had purchased Collision Damage Insurance with your original reservation, when you accept an upgrade, the insurance is automatically canceled and the charge for the insurance is refunded. If you would like to add Collision Damage Insurance to your new upgraded reservation, it will have to be purchased again
Option 1: Visit Go Cars Now website and look for the My bookings tab, select cancel reservation Enter the reservation ID and select a valid reason for cancellation and go ahead and click on the cancel button.You will receive an email confirmation when we cancel your booking.
Rental days are calculated on a 24-hour clock in order to avoid being charged an additional day, you will need to enter the same pick-up and drop-off time.
Yes, you can book a rental car reservation with a different pick-up and drop location (also called one-way rental). Please note, there may be a “Drop off” fee charged by the car rental company.
If it is before your scheduled pick-up time. Go Cars Now cannot guarantee that you can pick up your rental car early. In most cases, however, if you are just picking your car up a few hours early on your scheduled time, car rental company will do their best to accommodate you if cars are available. You can contact the car rental company for early accommodations. If you pick up the rental car earlier and still plan to drop it off at the same reserved time, you may incur additional charges directly from and payable to the rental car company.
No, usually car rental companies will not refund you any money for returning the car earlier. Contact the car provider directly to find out more.
The car provider requires you to pay a deposit to cover any potential damages or future expenses, such as administrative fees, missing fuel, traffic tickets, fines, and other risks. Some car rental providers may offer insurance that would reduce the amount of the deposit. For more information, you will need to ask at the counter. Do not confuse the coverage offered by the car rental provider with Full Coverage from Discover Cars, as they are two different products.