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Compare the best car hire prices in thousands of locations

Looking to rent a car for a holiday, business trip or UK break? Then find a budget car rental deal by using TravelSupermarket's comparison service to get away for less. Our search engine saves you time and money by comparing more than 20 of the big car hire brands in one go, helping you to find the cheapest car hire prices in a single easy search.

What should I look for?

First of all, remember that the cheapest car hire deal may not necessarily be the best one for you. Rather than concentrating solely on price...

Think about what you will need from your hire car - for example, how many passengers and bags do you need to fit into the vehicle? If you're travelling with children, you may want a family hire car with five doors while if you're travelling to a destination with high temperatures, air conditioning might be your top priority. Our results clearly list key information alongside the price and the name of the rental company, so take into account everything that is important to you.

How do I find the best car rental deals?

Simply fill in the search box in the top left-hand side of this page with your pick-up point, dates and the age of the driver, and our car hire comparison service will do the rest of the work for you bringing back the best deals available today for your rental date. We compare a huge range of car types from cost-effective mini economy cars to robust 4x4s and even luxury vehicles so if you have a preference, you can fill this in too. If, however, you leave the car type blank, you can see all cars available and a large vehicle may actually be cheaper than many smaller cars giving you more for less.

Tips on driving a hire car abroad

Having a rental car on holiday can you save the hassle of sorting out transfers and offers you the freedom to really explore your destination...

But, driving a rental vehicle abroad can be stressful and expensive if you don't prepare. Follow our top tips to save time and money.

1. Check your driving licence is valid and make sure you have all parts of it together and ready to pack before you go away. And, well in advance, find out whether you'll need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive where you are going. Don't forget to take your credit card away with you too to leave a deposit at the rental desk.

2. Find out what you are legally required to have in your car when you are driving in your destination and check these items are in your hire vehicle before you set off. Not having certain equipment, such as reflective jackets, can result in fines. And remember to get the emergency number from your rental company in case of a breakdown.

3. Not knowing the driving laws - such as speed and drink driving limits - in the country you are visiting could result in you inadvertently breaking the law. So, do a little research before you travel to prevent any costly mistakes.

4. As you would at home, shop around for petrol while you are away and look out for competitive prices in local supermarkets and petrol stations while you are travelling rather than relying on motorway stations. And, before you drive your hire vehicle away, find out whether it runs on petrol or diesel as well as what the fuel is called where you are.

5. Do your homework on the common road signs you may see in the country you are visiting. Remembering to stick to the correct side of the road for the country you are in and being aware of road signs in a different language will help you navigate around a new place without stress and worry.

Which destinations can I hire a car from?

TravelSupermarket covers a huge range of international and UK car hire destinations, so whether you're heading to a Mediterranean hotspot such as...

Majorca or the Spanish Costas, or jetting away on a long-haul adventure to Orlando or California, you'll be able to search for cheap car hire here.

Pay close attention when hiring a car

The last thing you'll want when picking up a hire car is to be met with any unexpected extra costs. So, when comparing vehicles, keep the following in mind...

Fuel policy: Many car hire companies now have 'fuel empty' policies whereby you pick up your hire car with a full tank of petrol and are charged for it at a price set by your car rental company. You are then expected to return the car with an empty tank at the end of your rental period. So you are aware what your hire company's policy is, check with it before booking. The price for this tank of fuel is NOT included in the quotes on TravelSupermarket.

Car hire excess insurance: This insurance (also known as excess waiver insurance) is useful to buy as it prevents you having to pay any excess charges should your hire car be damaged or stolen. But, if you wait until you get to your rental desk to purchase this, you're likely to be met by a pushy salesperson trying to sell you an expensive policy with prices as high as £20 a day. To prevent paying over the odds, buy a standalone policy online before you travel from as little as £2.99 a day.

Car seats and sat navs: If you're travelling with children or will need to rely on a sat nav while you're away, consider bringing your own from home to prevent steep daily rental charges.

Extra drivers: Adding an extra driver, particularly one under the age of 25, can up the price of your car hire significantly. So, find out how much this will cost per day with your rental company and factor this in to the overall price.