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What documents do I need to rent a car in UK

Three things are essential firstly, your driver's license, secondly, a credit card, and last but not least, you with a valid reservation, hopefully with us at the car rental centre.

It's worth noting that all drivers must be over 25 years old, and the main driver must also have a credit card in their name. It is worth thinking about the amount of credit you have on your card, as the rental desk will preauthorize an amount to cover the estimated cost of the rental and the cost of the fuel, which can differ depending on the size of the rental car your taking, plus any security deposit typically 250. Having said all this, the security and fuel deposits are fully refundable when you return the car with the equivalent amount of fuel, usually a full tank, as most cars are rented out with.

When selecting your rental car, think beforehand about
  • Luggage space
  • Car size
  • How many of you are travelling

It's imperative to remember that rental cars in Europe are much smaller than in the USA. This can be a positive, really, as some of the more minor roads (B roads) in the United Kingdom are exceptionally beautiful, leafy, and idyllic, but they are also very narrow, so a smaller car does help navigate the not-so-wide roads of the UK.

Think about parking; a smaller rental car is much easier to park; think about the fuel costs, again smaller rental cars are more cost-effective to run.

Think about your luggage. If good old Auntie Mavis from Manchester is putting you and your family up and saving you a load of money on a hotel bill, bless her, then you may be able to select a slightly smaller rental car again. You can get all your stuff in the car and make the journey, albeit with a few bags around the passenger in the back seat, but you can offload all the luggage when you arrive at your journey's end, and that rental car will then have plenty of room, as the luggage has been placed in good old Auntie Mavis's spare room.

Joking aside, look at the images when getting a quote for your rental car; we clearly display luggage capacity, which can be a good guide for you; just look for the logo. If you're still uncertain, contact us, and we will guarantee you choose the right rental car for your requirements.

Luggage capacity in UK rental cars

Don't forget to look out for our exclusive offers, like free extra drivers when renting your car in the UK, so sharing the driving with your partner, at no extra cost, makes for a much more pleasurable holiday.