Sourcing a reputable and low-cost rental car company anywhere in the world is not an easy task and finding cheap car rental Cyprus is no different. Although there is an abundance of rental cars in Cyprus, the rental prices can be high and/ or the cars can be a little worse for wear if you don’t do your homework. So, the next time you hire a car for your Summer Holiday in Cyprus, just be extra vigilant. Most rental companies have a good reputation; however, there are a few questionable ones out there. If you take note of the pointers below, it should save you a headache.
Because driving in any nation where the streets are tight and old and the drivers a little less law-conscious is dangerous, you need to make sure that everyone that could potentially be driving your car is listed and that they are all insured. So, check that everyone who wants to drive the hire car is named on the agreement and is eligible to drive it under the rental company conditions.
To hire a car in Cyprus, the minimum age is 25 or must have held a clean driving license for at least 3 years. If any of your drivers are under 25, find out if they can be included as a named driver on a policy in your name.
If you have excessive tickets or accidents, the car rental agency may not rent to you at all, so be prepared to have a back-up plan (for instance, an alternative driver), if you are rejected. This is also a great idea if you plan to share the driving, if you fancy having a few drinks at night. The best thing to do, though, is to ensure that you are qualified to rent and drive before you ever leave home.
2 – Fuel
One aspect of cheap car rental Cyprusthat can turn a cheap rental into an expensive one is the fuel charges. Each car rental agency has its own fuel requirements and you need to pay very close attention to these if you don’t want to pay high surcharges. In most instances, you will be given the car with a full tank of petrol and you will be expected to return it full. If you don’t, you will be billed a surcharge for the amount they have to top up and most probably pay a premium on the petrol price. If a car hire company manages to fit a few more liters in the tank, they will charge you for refueling, so no skimping!
If you choose to pay for the fuel you’ve used, keep all of your receipts. The good news is, the price of fuel is slightly cheaper in Cyprus compared to the likes of the UK.
3 – Vehicle Damage Cover / Collision Damage Waiver
This isn’t actually insurance and it isn’t compulsory, so don’t be pushed into thinking it is. This covers the renter for the cost of repairs in the event that the vehicle is involved in a road accident, but can push the cost of your rental up considerably.
Usually the waiver will only cover up to a certain amount and doesn’t include broken glass, damaged tyres and damage to the oil sump in Cyprus. But you will need to check the individual policy to determine this. You will usually have an excess which you will need to pay in the case of a claim – for example, if your excess is £300, then you will need to pay the first £300 of any repairs made.
Personal accident insurance is an optional cover which protects the driver in the case of
an accident caused by them resulting in death or permanent disability. Theft waiver will cover the hirer in the event that the vehicle is lost or stolen. Loss and damage waiver combines Damage and Theft Cover
The happy news is that you can source cheap car rental Cyprus, which will save you a lot of money over taxis or organized tours. But making sure you choose the right rental company before you leave home is the best way to make sure you have a safe and affordable trip.