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I’m going on vacation, should I rent a car or take mine?

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There, the time has come. You have looked at it and have a sufficient budget to be able to go on vacation. You already have the most important thing: the money to be able to leave. Now begins the trial of destiny and organization. Do you need a plane to go to? Do you arrive by car? How much luggage can I take? How long does it take? The first thing you should do is take everything easy. You are thinking about your vacation, so start now! to enjoy them.

Transportation is one of the aspects that you should consider when organizing a trip.  In the case of being a destination outside of Spain, we recommend that you opt for the plane. You will waste less time, and in the long run, it will be much cheaper. Use search engines to find the cheapest flight and try to be flexible with the dates, because you can save a lot if you don’t mind traveling on one day or another. Skyscanner or momondo are two pretty good search engines when it comes to comparing between different airlines.

If once at the destination what you want is to explore an area at your own pace , in order to see everything at your own pace and the time you want to spend in each place, the best thing is to rent a car . Once you arrive, you can take it at the airport itself and it is very convenient because on your return you can leave it in the same place and catch your flight. In rentalcars you compare prices from companies like Herzt, Sixt, Europcar , Thrifty, etc . from all over the world, so it’s a good page to check.

The prices of car rental vary greatly depending on the car you select. For example, a week in Madrid (from Saturday to Saturday), you can find a Seat Mii from  50.67 euros, that is, 7.24 euros every day. A fairly affordable price. However, a Golf on the same dates, with the same search engine and picking it up and also dropping it off at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas airport, costs 236.54 euros, or 33.8 euros each day. A higher range, like a Mercedes, goes to 411 euros a week. There are even differences between countries: in Mexico, it costs 9 euros a day and in Cyprus 10 euros. Therefore, it is important that when booking a car rental, you compare the companies and cars available.

To rent or not a car in Spain

1. Destinations within the Peninsula

What is better to rent a car or bring your own? Well, in general lines it will always be better to bring yours, because, no matter how little, you will save the rental costs and you will only have to pay for the fuel you spend, but this will also have to be paid in the case of a rental car. But you can have some exception is that if your car consuming , make up to rent a cheap car that is diesel to offset that expense. Also if it is a very old car , you will be calmer if it is a rental car, which you know is well cared for and they have little time.

2. Spanish islands

In the case of traveling to one of the Spanish islands: the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands. In the case of the Canary Islands, it is still worth going by plane and renting a car there. The distance is very long and not cheap. Also, if you do not live near the south, you will have to travel to catch the ferry at a port in or around Cádiz. Once there you will have to pay for the boat tickets with the car, and you will lose more than a day on the way. An example of this is this journey from Cádiz to Las Palmas, which takes more than 33 hours and costs 800 eurosThere are competitive flights to the Canary Islands, you will be there in less than 3 hours and you can rent a car at the same airport.

If instead your destination is a Balearic island , it may pay you to go by ferry with your own car. If you live very far from some of the departure ports, such as Denia or Alicante, not because of the weather, but if it does not catch you very far, it does compensate you. Flights to Menorca are expensive because there are not many, and those to Ibiza in summer skyrocket , so you can make up for it with the ferry, saving on the rental car. A trip from Denia to Ibiza can cost 311 euros for two people and a car. If you add the flights of two people and the rental car for a week, it is more expensive, and you don’t waste much time, since the journey takes 2 and a half hours.

Therefore, in summary: outside of Spain it pays to always rent it . In Spain, if within the p enínsula, you better bring your own unless you eat a lot , and on the islands is better to rent unless you live near a port leading to the Balearics.  

Tips when renting a car

In addition, when renting a car, we recommend that you take into account the following aspects to save yourself problems and money:

  1. Check the required driving license and the years they require to be able to rent the car without problems.
  2. Pay attention to the traffic regulations of the destination to avoid fines at the end of the trip.
  3. Take out insurance that allows you to travel with peace of mind in the event of a breakdown or blow.
  4. Book in advance In rental cars it is not worth arriving and renting, in fact, it will be more expensive if you do so.
  5. If you are married, the additional driver is free Take this into account when hiring this service.
  6. Check the fuel policy to avoid overloads. If you have to bring a full tank, just like you found it, etc.
  7. Take photos of the car the moment you pick it up to be able to demonstrate the possible blows it has and cannot be attributed to you.

Which one suits you best? Do you have a trick that escapes us? Oh, and wherever you drive … always with caution  Enjoy your holidays!

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