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The Clarify Car Hire cancellation charge policy is that:
Free cancellation applies until 48 hours before your pickup time.
If you cancel your booking less than 48 hours before pickup the amount paid when you book will not be refunded.
A booking cannot be cancelled once the pickup time has passed.
If you need to add extra hours or days to your rental deal, and this is after you have collected the car, use the contact details for the car hire company that can be found on your car rental voucher. Contact the car hire company directly and they will be able to advise what you need to do.
Normally it is possible to extend your rental but, particularly in high season or peak periods, they may not be able to allow this if the car has already been promised to the next hirer. In this case the car must be returned as booked. Failure to do so would invalidate the insurance on the vehicle.
It is possible you may need to sign a new rental agreement and this may require a return visit to their office. You will also need to pay for any additional days and this is unlikely to be at the same daily rate that you booked at, it could be more or less.
Please note that RecordGo do not allow bookings to be extended - if you have a car from them return the car as previously arranged. You can book a new car for the remaining period through Clarify - so can effectively switch cars at that stage.
If you have extended your booking with the car hire company and you bought excess insurance with Clarify you will need to let us know so we can extend your excess cover too.
You can rent many of the cars available on our service with a debit card.
Having run your quotation please select the filter for debit cards titled Payment methods.
Do then read the Terms and Conditions for the specific car - as some companies have restrictions on certain types of debit card.
It will depend on the insurance arrangements in place on your rental vehicle.
Check the Cross Border section of the terms - click the View Terms section of your chosen car.
Sometimes you will find there are additional fees, insurance stipulations or mileage restrictions for cross border car rental agreements. These will be detailed in the terms.
Many customers don't like to use credit cards, don't own credit cards or don't have a high credit limit on them. Debit cards are therefore a better option for them. Some car hire companies are hesitant about renting to those who don't have a credit card and the main reason for this is that should anything go wrong with the rental, it is much easier for them to take the money owed for damage from a credit card preauthorisation than from a debit card.
Saying this, there are a number of firms who will happily hire to debit card users. We have a range of car hire companies on our website who will accept debit cards with no problems. They are normally willing to do this if the following applies:
There are a couple of things to be aware of when using debit cards though. As we mentioned above, if you do need to leave a deposit, it will be a payment not a preauthorisation. Due to this, it can take up to 30 days to be refunded to your account after you have returned your vehicle. In addition, the amount refunded may be higher or lower than the amount originally paid, this is due to fluctuations in the exchange rates. This is not at the car hire companies discretion and will be due to banking systems.
If you do want to go ahead with a debit card car hire, it can be very easy and we have a number of companies happy to rent to you. We have a handy filter on our results pages which let you select 'Debit Card Only', on clicking this the cars shown will all allow you to use a debit card.Keywords: debit card, car hire, rental
The answer here is no. You will need a physical payment card at the car hire desk. We do not know of any car hire company who will currently accept payment or the security deposit through a virtual payment system such as Apple pay, Google pay or Samsung pay. So please do make sure that you take your physical payment card with you when you go to pick up your vehicle.Keywords: car hire, rental, apple pay, google pay, samsung pay
The majority of vehicle groups from car hire companies are 'or similar'. This means that whilst you may not get the lead model of the group that is listed on your quote results you will get something of a similar size and that has the same features. If it is an 'or similar' this will be shown on the results.
If you are looking for a specific model, we do have a handy filter for guaranteed vehicles. If you select this, the results will show only vehicles where you are guaranteed to get that make and model.Keywords: guaranteed vehicle, specific model
Check the contract is as expected Make sure everything is correct on the contract - if you have been charged for anything you are not expecting this is by far the best time to get it sorted out.
Check the car Walk round the vehicle and check the car inside and out. If you find any damage that is not already marked on the rental agreement ask the car hire company agent to add it. Take pictures so you can refer back to what it was like when you collected it.
Check what fuel it takes If you are unsure check to see if it’s petrol or diesel. If you are unsure as to what it takes, ask ask the team before you leave.
Check the dashboard Most cars are provided on a ‘full to full’ basis, meaning the car is supplied full and you should return it likewise. If the car is not full take a photo of the fuel gauge so you know how full it needs to be on its return. Check that no warning lights are displayed, and that the lights and indicators all work as expected.
Adjust equipment as required If you have GPS, set it now to your language.
Personalise the car to you Remember to adjust the seat, mirrors, and check the controls such as windscreen wipers and main beam are.
Watch out for a petrol station As you leave the location watch out petrol stations, as you will need one when you return the car.
Firstly discuss your options with the car hire firm - they may be able to collect the extra from a nearby branch or suggest you pick it up if you are passing.
Alternatively you could offer to buy the extra at a local retailer - and be reimbursed by the car hire company at the end of the hire.
Each car hire company has its own acceptance criteria when it comes to penalty points and driving offences. The good news is that you are unlikely to have any problems hiring a car through Clarify Car Hire if you have 6 points or less and have not been convicted of a more serious offence such as careless or uninsured driving.
The rental companies do change their rules from time to time, so, if you are unsure whether your driving licence is OK, if you have more then 6 points, or if you have had a more serious driving conviction then please do contact us.Keywords: car hire, penalty points, speeding
As soon as you have placed a booking and it has been confirmed you will receive your car hire voucher. On here you will be able to find the address of the car hire office as well as their telephone number. If you have any issues or delays then call this number.
This will mean you can discuss any revised arrangement directly with them and ensure a mutually agreed arrangement.
You must follow the instructions provided by your car hire company. They may well require you to obtain a police report.
Additionally contact the car hire supplier to advise them of the accident immediately. They will ask you to complete an accident report form for their insurers.
They will access the situation and advise you as to the way forward. In most cases they will either advise you to continue to use the car until the end of your hire period (if the damage is minor) or replace the vehicle.
If the damage is deemed to be due to your negligence or if you are operating the vehicle outside the company's terms and conditions you could be held liable for the costs involved. This is part of the normal assessment that will be carried out by the supplier.
Yes, where this is an option offered by your car hire firm in the requested location, you can reserve infant or child seats when you book through Clarify Car Hire.
Do be aware that, with some bookings, child seats are included in the price of the car hire package. If this is the case we will display 'Child Seat Included' in the vehicle details in the search results.
If you choose infant or child seats as a extra in your search we will include the price of this extra (or extras if multiple items are selected) in every car we display - this means you can compare prices on a like-for-like basis.
Please note that infant, child and booster seats must be fitted by a parent or guardian.
The cost of the seats will be paid for at the car hire desk when you collect your car. Please note that there may be an extra deposit added to your pre-authorisation which will be detailed in the Terms and Conditions if you click on the 'View Terms' button on the car results page. This will also be detailed on your rental voucher.
When you search for car hire prices with Clarify we offer you the opportunity to add in any extras, such as child seats, ski racks or sat navs before requesting prices.
We will then add the costs of the extras to the base price of the car hire for each supplier, so you can properly compare real prices for your total car hire package.
Most car hire comparison services just give you the base price and they you manually have to add in any extras - and sometimes that can leave you out of pocket.
If, for example, Company A would charge you £100 for your car hire and £50 for a child seat but Company B would charge £120 for the car and £20 for the seat we will show Company B as the leading offer in our search results. All other car hire firms would rank Company A as cheaper - and unless you went to the trouble of manually checking all the deals on the page you would potentially book with them and pay more than you needed to.
We do this with all the extras that are comparable - so we don't do this with insurance products as they all differ slightly making like for like comparison impossible, but if you are looking for winter tyres, child, infant or booster seats, sat navs, snow chains or ski racks we can make your life a lot easier!
Generally car hire firms release the deposit that was taken when the vehicle was collected once the car has been checked over.
Credit Card Bookings
As the deposit will have been taken in the form of a preauthorisation (rather than your card being actually charged) this will be released once the car has been returned. It tends to take about 5-10 working days for this to be reflected in the available credit on your card. Remember you may just see your available funds have increased instead of a refund to your card.
Debit Card Bookings
Some cards allow preauthorisations - and in these cases the approach taken for credit cards will apply.
Some do not and then the deposit tends to be charged to your card - and a refund issued post hire. Due to bank processes it can take up to 30 days for the refund to be received.
If your destination has electronic toll roads, where your car is tracked and the car hire company is charged after you have left the country (Portugal and the USA are examples), car hire firms may hold onto a deposit for an extra few days to allow these to filter through.
Firstly please check your car hire voucher to read the specific information relating to your rental.
You can contact your car hire firm directly using the number on the voucher and they will be able to confirm your deposit has been released. If you are still waiting more than 10 days for a credit card booking or 30 days for a debit card booking please contact us and we will be able to chase it up too (do note that we will have to go via the firms admin team, so this will mean we cannot given an immediate response).Keywords: deposit, release, refund, return
Sorry - the answer is no - the rates we receive are really competitive but they are on the basis that no refund is payable on early returns.
It would be highly unusual to find a fully flexible rate that allows early return refunds at anything like the rates you would pay for a prebooked no early return refund deal.
The short answer to this question is that it depends, but we realise that's not very helpful! Read on as we explain in further detail the options you have as a hirer.
If you take the car hire companies Standard Package which is generally the cheapest package shown for a company on Clarify Car Hire, normally you will need to leave a preauthorisation. The amount of this will be dependent on the company you are hiring with and the size of vehicle you are renting, the general rule is the bigger the vehicle, the bigger the deposit.
The security and if appropriate the fuel deposit will be shown alongside each car.
The reason hirers need to leave a preauthorisation (or deposit if using a debit card and the company accepts debit cards) is that within your car hire through Clarify Car Hire you have Collision Damage Waiver and Theft Protection included, however these carry an excess. As the hirer, you are liable for this excess, so if your car was to be returned damage or if it was stolen you would be required to pay the first part of the claim (aka the excess). By taking a preauthorisation or deposit from you, the car hire company have a portion or all of the excess amount, depending on whether the deposit or preauthorisation amount was the same as the excess amount. This makes it easy for them to claim the excess owed from your credit card.
However, there are ways to get away without having to leave a large deposit or preauthorisation on your card. Often, if you opt for the car hire companies Excess Waiver Package on Clarify Car Hire, the deposit is significantly reduced if not completely waived. This is because the additional excess insurance reduces your liability for the said excess in the case of a claim.
It is worth noting that many companies do require a fuel deposit that cannot be reduced so this will still be taken, however this is usually a relatively small figure and is shown on the results page on Clarify Car Hire. Additionally, there may be areas of the vehicle (such as the tyres, wheels, roof or underbody) which are not covered by the firms excess insurance, if this is the case and one of these areas is damaged you would be liable for the cost of the damage. It's always worth checking at the car hire desk exactly which areas are excluded and remember independent excess policies will often cover these parts of the vehicle.
Here at Clarify Car Hire, we very clearly display all deposit, fuel deposit and excess amounts on the results page so you can see at a glance how much you'll need to leave. If you do want a reduced deposit, there is a handy filter on the left hand side where you can select the amount you'd like to leave. If you do select a lower deposit amount, the results will automatically update to show vehicles that fit your criteria and the prices will include the cost of any excess insurance you need to purchase in order to get a reduced deposit. This is another great feature we have created here at Clarify Car Hire to help you tailor your car hire to your needs.Keywords: deposit, car hire, car rental, preauthorisations
When hiring in the UK
For all our suppliers in the UK or Ireland, you need to get a code from the DVLA to allow them to share your driving record with your car hire company. This is available from the DVLA website where you will need your driving licence number, National Insurance number and the postcode that is on your driving licence. The code which is valid for 21 days should be given to the car hire company at the desk, together with your passport, driving licence and additional proof of address, such as a recent bank statement or utility bill. The Driver & Licence Requirements section of the rental condition shows more details. If you arrive at the desk without this information the rental company may call the DVLA to check details, but will typically levy a charge of about £15 to do so.
When Hiring abroad
You will not need to obtain a DVLA code outside the UK and Ireland.
Please note though that you will need either the photocard part of your UK licence or the older style UK paper licence. We will supply further details in the Rental Terms section of each car hire deal in the Driver & Licence Requirements section.
An excess (or waiver to use the terminology from the US) is the amount you are liable for if the car is stolen or damaged whilst hired to you.
So if the Theft Excess is £1300 and the car is stolen you would have to pay them £1300 unless you had protected the excess with a suitable insurance or waiver product from the car hire company. If you had an excess reimbursement product such as the policy available when you book through Clarify you would seek reimbursement of the £1300 from the insurer or product supplier.
We work with a wide range of car hire suppliers, and fuel policies vary considerably between them.
We do not confine our deals to fairer fuel only as sometimes those which include the need to buy fuel, even at a penal rate, can prove better value. Fair fuel policies are generally considered to be those that allow you to return the vehicle with the same amount of fuel in it as was there when you picked up the car. This policy means that you only pay for the amount of fuel you use whereas with a full to empty fuel policy, for example, you would need to use a whole tank of fuel to get the most value.
What we do offer though is a filter on the left hand side of the page which will enable you to see what we define as fairer fuel cars only.
Often these will prove cheaper in the long run than a Full to Empty agreement where you paid for a full tank of petrol at an expensive rate upon collection and returned it either empty or get a refund for unused fuel, but have to pay a service charge.
We use the following fuel policies as fairer fuel:
Full-Full – You pick up the car with a full tank and return it full.
Return with same amount – Simply return the car with the fuel gauge reading the same as when you picked it up. If you take a photo of the gauge at time of pick up in case that will save any argument later.
Quarter to empty – This is mainly found in smaller islands where you would be hard pressed to use a tank of fuel, such as Jersey or Gozo.
Your first course of action is to explain your concerns directly with the car hire desk and ask for another vehicle.
95% of issues can be sorted out there and then if you do this, and it will save you time, trouble and hassle over trying to sort it out later. You really do not want to interrupt your plans by having to return to a car hire office later in your trip.
If you are unable to resolve the issue, contact us and we will take the issue up with the car hire supplier to investigate options.
If you wish to give us any feedback after your rental has ended please do contact us as we monitor our suppliers closely and your comments would be invaluable to us in building a picture as to the performance of our partners.
Are you looking to rent a car that is new or nearly new? When you search for a hire car with Clarify there is a unique filter which allows you to sort your results by the age of the vehicles the hire company provides in its fleet. The options to select are from under 12, 18, 24 and 36 months old, allowing you to choose your level of ‘newness’. The filter can be found by scrolling down the left-hand side of the page:
Through our great relationships with suppliers, we have been able to negotiate preferential terms for Clarify Car Hire customers with some car hire companies – even if a car hire company’s complete fleet is not all new stock, they have contracted with us that Clarify Car Hire Customers will get the newer cars (simply select the 12 month filter on your results in the normal way). Some of the companies that offer cars that are guaranteed to be under 12 months old include:
Although not a category on our current filter, OK Rent a Car Spain go that bit further and offer cars that are guaranteed to be under 6 months old!
Perhaps with a family holiday with small children and all that entails, the thought of looking after a pristine car for a two week beach holiday fills you with dread, then simply leave the ‘Car Age’ filter blank. You will then see the full range of options available – the default age of a car hire vehicle is around 5 years. The cheaper firms tend to keep their fleets for longer periods of time and their prices reflect this.
This is a constantly evolving project for us here at Clarify Car Hire. We are continuing to liaise with our suppliers and will be updating the details of the cars on offer so that you the customer, get to choose a hire that suits you best!Keywords: New car hire, age of car hire
When you book with Clarify you will pay in two parts.
The first is a small deposit which you will pay us at Clarify. This is so we can show to car hire firms that you are a serious hirer - people who make no upfront payment are more likely to cancel, so by taking this payment we can get a better price for you.
You can pay this by Visa or Mastercard, debit or credit card.
We do not take the full payment up front as we do not believe that car hirers should pay for their car until you get to the desk - this is for a number of reasons which you will find on our page Why we only ask for a small deposit when you book with Clarify.
The balance will be paid directly to your car hire company - together with payment for any extras such as child seats, additional driver fees, additional insurance opted for, or cross border fees etc.
In most cases the easiest way to pay will be with a credit card, as the car hire firm will take their preauthorisation from it (that's the amount they reserve on your credit card to cover any claim for damage to the vehicle on its return, the value of fuel they have supplied to you etc).
However we have many debit card deals, and if the accepted cards sections of the terms and conditions allows them to be taken you can use your debit card instead.
They will normally take your preauthorisation on pickup (or possibly charge you if using a debit card), and then charge you for the rental together with any subsequent fees when you return the car. A few companies take the pay on arrival figure already agreed on pickup and then any extra charges when you return it.
If you need any further help give us a call here at Clarify Car Hire and we will be delighted to help.
If you need to make a large change to your booking such as changing the vehicle, dates or destination, please make a new booking for the new location and dates/times and then cancel your old booking.
Sign in to your account using the button at the top of the website, select the options tab. From there you can rerun you old quote, then make any amendments required, and make the new booking.
Once you have received confirmation that the new booking is in place you can cancel the old reservation.
However if it is just a small change such as a change of flight number, simply use the form below to contact us here at Clarify and we will be delighted to assist you.
Log onto your account by clicking the Sign In button at the top of the website.
Find the booking you wish to cancel, and then select the options tab.
You can then cancel the booking.
We work with a wide range of suppliers and look to find companies who are happy to rent to those over 70.
When you input your details into Clarify Car Hire you are asked for your age. We will then show cars that can be rented by a driver of that age and will include in the quotes any age related fees so that you can compare cars on a like for like basis. Please be aware that if additional drivers are over 70 then you may face extra charges.
When looking at your results from a search generating a quotation, you are asked to provide your age, which will then show all available vehicles. Please also click onto the 'View Terms' button of your chosen car and review the 'Driver's Age' section for more details of fees, insurance requirements and any extra stipulations that may apply.
We offer the option of having the voucher printed and posted to you providing sufficient notice is given.
Foe every booking we will send a link to a web page where you can also view and print the voucher from.
In most cases you can also just show the voucher on your phone rather than printing it off too.
If you are still facing issues and you can print other items contact us to discuss other options.
We will have emailed you your voucher, and provided you with a link to it as well so you can view and print it online.
You can also log into your account by clicking the sign in button at the top of the website and you can retrieve your reservation voucher there too.
If you still have issues please contact us.
If you have selected an airport location you can use the filters on the left hand side of the page to select On Airport locations only.
We also show more detail - such as whether the desk is in terminal or in a separate building on the airport.
As airport in terminal space becomes more and more valuable, car rental firms are finding themselves more and more removed to specialist car hire centres. This means a longer walk to get to the desk, but normally means that collecting the car itself is then more convenient.
Car hire firms make very little money on the car rental itself - and extras such as excess insurance, extended breakdown insurance and tyres, wheels and glass cover are all options many companies will offer you to both better protect you and increase their return on your rental deal.
A unique feature of Clarify is that we will explain to you beforehand the insurance likely to be offered at the desk so you can make a decision as to whether you would like to buy it at your leisure. We will advise the rental firm to add any insurance chosen when you reach the desk, so you do not have to try and access what you want at that time.
If however you decide to take additional excess insurance through Clarity Car Hire this will not be connected in any way to the car hire supplier. It is an independent product that will reimburse you should you be charged for a payment of the excess for theft or damage, or damage to the tyres wheels, glass, underbody and roof (up to specified policy limits).
If you have already purchased independent excess insurance before your trip, you can turn down the excess insurance offered by the supplier upon collection.
Many things can occur to make you late when travelling, from flight delays to a long wait to pick up your baggage to missing your flight. If you are delayed the first thing to do is contact your car rental supplier using the phone number or email address for them which can be found on your car hire voucher. In the majority of cases if the delay is only a few hours the car hire company may be able to keep your car. But if they are unable to do this they will be able to tell you the next steps.
We can't stress enough how important it is to let your car hire company know as soon as possible if you are delayed. If you fail to do this, regardless of whether you put your flight number on your booking, your car may not be available when you arrive at the desk.Keywords: late, arrival, car hire, rental, cars
The rates that we obtain from car hire firms include volume discounts already so we are unable to offer further discounts on top.
What this does mean is that you will get our best rate - whether booking one car or five.
It is your responsibility to make sure we have all the correct flight information. Failure to do so can cause issues as the car hire companies we use will potentially check incoming flights. Should your flight be delayed or cancelled they will be able to see this. If you provide the wrong information and your flight is delayed, the hire company may presume you are a no show.
Please note, that if you experience delays you should still make direct contact with the rental office using the phone number or email address on your voucher, but by having your flight number the hire car firm can then check to see if there are any further delays and your estimated time of arrival.
Please contact us using the form below as soon as possible if your flight number has changed or you have given us the incorrect flight information so we can update your supplier. If the hire car company you have booked with offers you an online check in facility then you may be able to make the changes via this service.
There is no short answer to this as it is very much dependent on where you are looking to hire your vehicle. We currently have no one in the UK who will hire to a driver who has held their licence for less than two years and who is younger than 21.
Abroad, in some countries, we can offer cars to those over 18 with over a years experience.
As with the above, you will also need to comply with age restrictions. Some companies do also have an additional daily surcharge for new drivers.
On the whole, if you have held your full driving licence for less than a year then you are unable to hire anywhere, this is simply due to the car hire companies insurance being wary of inexperienced drivers.
You will be charged for any extras at the car hire desk when you arrive. These will be charged for in the local currency, and will have been detailed on your voucher.
If you have only collected the car, contact the car firm firm directly as soon as possible. This is the quickest way to get matters resolved. If you are still unhappy contact us here at Clarify.
If you have returned home and think you have paid more than you should please contact us and we will be happy to look into the situation.
Any damage must be reported to the supplier, following the processes that will be advised to you in the rental paperwork that will be given to you at the desk.
In mant cases the supplier will also ask that you obtain a police report and, if that is the case, you should contact the police locally to obtain this and report the damage to the supplier.
They will then calculate whether any charge is appropriate.
Sorry but our suppliers do not offer the ability to add roof racks to car hire bookings.
Yes, where this is an option offered by your car hire firm you can reserve this when you book through Clarify Car Hire.
Do be aware that with some bookings a Sat Nav or GPS is included in the price of the car hire package. If this is the case we will display 'Sat Nav Included' in the vehicle details in the search results.
If you choose a Sat Nav or GPS as a extra in your search we will include the price of this extra in every car we display - this means you can compare prices on a like-for-like basis.
The cost of your Sat Nav or GPS will be paid for at the car hire desk when you collect your car. Please note that there may be an extra deposit added to your pre-authorisation which will be detailed in the Terms and Conditions if you click on the 'View Terms' button on the car results page. This will also be detailed on your rental voucher.
Yes. Once you have entered the details on your car rental on the quote form and received results you can select a specific car hire company using the supplier filter down the left hand side of the page.
The logo of the company that you will be using is also detailed in the search results.
Yes, where this is an option offered by your car hire firm in the requested location you can reserve a ski rack to be added to your booking through Clarify Car Hire.
Do be aware that with some bookings ski racks are included in the price of the car hire package. If this is the case we will display 'Ski Rack Included' in the vehicle details in the search results.
If you choose a Ski Rack as an extra in your search we will include the price of this extra in every car we display - this means you can compare prices on a like-for-like basis.
The cost of the ski rack will be paid for at the car hire desk when you collect your car. Please note that there may be an extra deposit added to your pre-authorisation which will be detailed in the Terms and Conditions if you click on the 'View Terms' button on the car results page. This will also be detailed on your rental voucher.
Yes, where this is an option offered by your car hire firm in the requested location you can reserve this when you book through Clarify Car Hire.
Do be aware that with some bookings snow chains are included in the price of the car hire package. If this is the case we will display 'Snow Chains Included' in the vehicle details in the search results.
If you choose Snow Chains as a extra in your search we will include the price of this extra in every car we display - this means you can compare prices on a like-for-like basis.
The cost of the snow chains will be paid for at the car hire desk when you collect your car. Please note that there may be an extra deposit added to your pre-authorisation which will be detailed in the Terms and Conditions if you click on the 'View Terms' button on the car results page. This will also be detailed on your rental voucher.
With Clarify Car Hire all hire cars in Portugal will come with a transponder included and the cost is included within your quote. This only applies to mainland Portugal, not any islands including Madeira.
After a change in the law in 2023, it is now normal practice to find a transponder included in your hire but do check at the desk. The new regulations mean car hire companies must provide toll devices with their vehicles. If you are planning to drive to other locations in Portugal or use the motorways, then hiring a transponder may save you the headache of finding alternative routes or paying fines for non-payment of toll charges. There are two types of electronic toll roads - those indicated by the blue signs showing a car with a Euro symbol above it, and the Via Verde lanes indicated by a green sign or V symbol. A transponder will allow you to use BOTH types of electronic toll road. There are other payment methods, such as the Tollcard or Tollservice, which will allow you to use ONLY the blue signed electronic toll roads but not the Via Verde lanes. The new transponder rules mean that these other payment options are not available to you when you are using a rental car.
Ask your car hire company how toll roads will be charged when you collect your car. It takes 48 hours for toll charges to be made, so any you incur in the last couple of days of your car hire will almost certainly be charged straight to your credit card after you have returned the car.
The transponder device is often already fitted in your hire car and will normally be located on your windscreen behind the rear view mirror. You will need to have paid any hire charges for it to be activated. Rental charges for the device are in the region of 12 euros for a week. The toll charges will depend on how much you use them. As a guide, the journey between Lisbon and Porto on the A1 will cost you about 25 euros. The A28 between Porto and Valencia about 5 euros.
There are still some more 'traditional' toll roads in Portugal where you pay at booths but these are becoming less common.
We work with many suppliers and look to find companies who are happy to rent to those under 25.
When you input your details into the Clarify Car Hire search engine we will ask you your age. We then display cars available to drivers of that age and will include in the prices displayed any age related fees so cars can be compared on a like for like basis. Please be aware that if any additional drivers are under 25 or over 70 then you might face extra charges.
When reviewing results from a search we will only show vehicles available to a driver of your age.
Do click onto the 'View Terms' button of your chosen car and review the 'Drivers Age' section for more details of fees, insurance requirements and any extra stipulations that may apply.
The arrangement we have with our car hire suppliers is that you will pay us a small upfront deposit, together with payment for any Clarify Car Hire supplied extras. This amount will be expressed and charged in £ sterling.
We will clearly explain the amount to be paid today before you commit yourself.
The remainder will be paid directly to the car hire firm at the desk in their local currency.
If you want to know why we do not take full payment upfront see Why we only ask for a small deposit when you book with Clarify.
All Clarify Car Hire booking have Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) Theft Protection (TP) and Third Party Cover (TPI) included
Many packages enable users to upgrade this cover, for example to cover any excess liability there may be.
Full details are shown in the Terms and Conditions for each car.
The excess insurance product we have chosen has been picked on the basis that it meets the needs of the vast majority of our users. However this does not mean it will cover everyone or every situation so please do check it carefully.
Many of our users do choose it however because:
It's very much cheaper than buying most car hire companies in-house excess waivers
It covers a wider range of risks - damage to tyres and wheels, windscreen, mirrors, underbody, roof, lost keys and misfuelling.
We have chosen it to complement the car hire packages we have put together.
As an alternative, however, you might choose to consider these articles:
To make it clear - we are not recommending this policy as right for you - as we do not know you to the degree we need to to say that you are fully eligible for this policy. Do therefore read the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions carefully before purchasing.
Yes - most driving licences are happily accepted at the desk.
You will need a full driving licence - provisional licences are not accepted.
Do read the terms and conditions for the car you are looking to hire though as sometimes additional supporting documentation such as a international driving permit (IDP) may be require according to local rules and regulations for the country you are visiting.
Yes, where this is an option offered by your car hire firm in the requested location you can reserve winter tyres as an optional extra when you book through Clarify Car Hire.
You can also run a quote through this page where cars offered with winter tyres will be displayed.
In some locations winter tyres are mandatory over the winter and, if this is the case, we will only show prices with winter tyre charges already included. This will be shown on the results page.
If you choose winter tyres as an extra in your search we will include the price of this extra in every car we display - this means you can compare prices on a like-for-like basis.
The cost of the winter tyres will be paid for at the car hire desk when you collect your car.
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