If you are searching for airport car hire, then you need look no further, we will do the work for you. Hiring a car at international or regional airports can be an expensive event, particularly if you have decided to book your car on arrival. We can alleviate you from traipsing around the terminal building seeking out the best price, because, in under a minute, we can search for your ideal hire car, querying up to 550 car rental companies in some 175 countries to deliver you the best possible deal . We offer a comprehensive airport car rental service in Europe, Africa, America, Asia and the Middle East. We believe you should have a wide choice, therefore you can rest assured that we wonít just seek quotes from the major rental companies at your airport terminal, we will also include local independent suppliers. We will then provide you with a clear summary of the most appropriate options, at the airport of your choosing and at the best available price. Our suppliers regularly run special offers and these will be included with your quotation ensuring you remain the final arbiter of price and choice.

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We will provide you with an array of options, allowing you to select from compact or economy cars, family saloons, people carriers (MPVís) or luxury cars, in some airport locations you may also be able to request a 4x4. Vehicles are available in manual and automatic. So whether you are travelling on holiday, for a weekend getaway or for business, for a day, a week or a month, we can offer you the most appropriate vehicle for your travel at a price to suit your budget. Complete our simple form and in less than a minute, we will have trawled all our suppliers at your destination and presented you with the results in a clear and transparent manner. Search, Compare, Save and Book you car hire.

Nothing can be so frustrating as arriving at your destination after a long journey and, having located the car rental firm, being presented with a series of compulsory extras. Depending on how long you want to hire your car for, this can be an expensive experience. Our prices are fully inclusive . Our prices are clearly laid out and typically include; Collision Damage Waiver, Third Party Liability Protection, Theft Waiver, Tax, Airport Fee, Unlimited Mileage and Breakdown Cover. Our low prices are not achieved by stripping out all the essentials and presenting you with a list of mandatory extras at the car hire desk.

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Car Rental Tips.:

Even if you are an experienced traveller, it is worthwhile spending a few minutes to decide exactly what you need from your hire car.

When considering the type of vehicle you wish to hire, consider the passengers and the luggage. Hiring a Suzuki jeep for 4 people with luggage could really be a problem. All too often hirers count the seats, but not the luggage.

If you are going on holiday and want to relax consider carefully whether you want a manual or automatic gearbox. 

Most cars have air conditioning as standard, but some of the economy vehicles may not, therefore if this is important to you, check carefully before you book and upgrade to the next model if necessary.

If you are not familiar with the country you are travelling to, then you need to think ahead. Planning the journey from your arrival airport to your destination is often overlooked. Do you need a local map, SatNav or will you take written directions? There is nothing worse than arriving at the airport in the middle of the night and getting lost!

Do you need booster seats, child seats or a ski rack? These are often available from the hire companies at an additional charge, but they have to be booked in advance.  

Will you be the only driver? Some rental companies will allow a second driver at no additional charge (or for a small fee), but this needs to be booked in advance.

It is recommended that you remove the identifying tag from the car key ring and keep it in a safe place until the termination of your hire to avoid highlighting that you are a tourist and using a rental car.

One Way Hires or dropping the car off at a different location can be convenient, but expensive. Most car hire companies allow this option, but it is worth checking the difference between these options and returning the car to the airport terminal.

Check the terms of your hire carefully. Some rental companies will supply the car with a full tank of petrol and will expect you to return it with a full tank. If you donít, then there could be additional charges levied and the cost of fuel may not be the most competitive. If your car is not provided with a full tank of petrol then you should plan to stop as early as possible refuel.

Before you accept the car, make sure you check the condition carefully, noting any damage, including scratches, dents, tyres or windscreen damage. You should ensure that these are written on the handover form to avoid any arguments when the vehicle is returned. Also remember that, as the driver, you are responsible for ensuring that the hire car meets local road and traffic regulations, this includes, but is not limited to tyres, lights, wipers and brakes. If you are not happy, reject the vehicle and ask for an alternative.

Above all, familiarise yourself with the car before you drive. Being in a different country with an unfamiliar car can be stressful. Take your time.

Rules of the road and more specifically traffic laws and regulations vary enormously between different countries. Therefore, whilst your drivers licence may be valid, your appreciation of local driving laws may not. To avoid frustration, fines, arrest or accidents, all travellers would be well advised to familiarise themselves with the local driving regulations before they embark on their journey. Many European countries also impose 'on the spot' fines for offences such as speeding. Also worth noting is that the car hire company will hold you personally liable for any fines incurred whilst you are using the vehicle, for example, parking fines.

Airport Car Rental Comparison at the following airports:  Faro, Knock, Lanseria, Barcelona, Madrid, Frankfurt, Orlando, Cape Town, Antalya, Ataturk, Munich, Charles-de-Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Schiphol, Zurich, Copenhagen, Palma, Vienna, Oslo, Dusseldorf, Milan, Dublin, Brussels, Stockholm, Athens, Berlin-Tegel, Lisbon, Hamburg, Helsinki, Malaga, Geneva, Sabiha-Gokcen, Miami, Salzburg, Turin, Chambery, Gothenburg.

Guide to common rental car definitions:

These definitions are provided only as a guide and it essential that you refer to the terms and conditions of your rental agreement for specific terms relative to your hire.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), also referred to as: Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
If the hired car or any of its parts or accessories is damaged other than by theft, attempted theft or vandalism, while on rental, CDW limits your liability to the amount of the non-waivable excess, if any, which applies in each country, provided that you have adhered to all the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement. CDW does not cover any damage caused as a result of theft, attempted theft or vandalism.

Theft Waiver (TW)
It is an insurance offered by the car rental firm limiting your liability to the excess amount in case of theft of the vehicle. This does not over negligence, if for example you can't return the ignition key, or you left it in an unsafe place, you could be liabel for the full cost of the vehicle, as would be the case with most domestic car insurance policies.

Third Party Liability Protection
Offers protection against any third pary liability such as damage to another vehicle or personal injuries to an individual not travelling in the hire car. TPLP typically does not have an excess or deductible amount to pay.

Travel Trivia:

The top 20 tourist destinations around the world for British nationals are as follows; 1. Spain 17m, 2. France 14m, 3. USA 6.5m, 4. Ireland 3.579m, 5. Italy 3.5m, 6. Greece 3m, 7. Germany 2.372m, 8. Portugal 2.254m, 9. Turkey 1.920m, 10. Cyprus 1.3m, 11. China (including Hong Kong) 1.212m, 12. Egypt 1.202m, 13. UAE 1.1m, 14. Thailand 812k, 15. India 734k, 16. Australia 670k, 17. Canada 650k, 18. South Africa 451k, 19. New Zealand 300k, 20. Pakistan 285k.

The coveted, top 10 most visited countries in the world are; 1. France 75.5m, 2. United States 50.9m, 3. Spain 48.2m, 4. Italy 41.2m, 5. China 31.2m, 6. United Kingdom 25.2m, 7. Russia 21.2m, 8. Mexico 20.6m, 9. Canada 20.4m and 10. Germany 19m.  

According to SkiHorizon, the top winter ski resorts were Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy. The French preferred, Val Thorens, Les Deux, Avoriaz, Les Arcs 1800, Les Menuires, The village of Les Coches, Saint Sorlin d'Arves, Risoul, Tignes Val Claret and Plagne Bellecote. For the British, it was; Morzine, Les Arcs, Saas Fee, Serre Chevalier, Avoriaz, La Plagne, St. Anton, Megeve, Puy St. Vincent and Alpe D'Huez. Whilst the Dutch opted for Risoul, Val Thorens, La Plagne, Saint Sorlin 'dArves, Menuires, Les Deaux Alpes, Avoriaz, SFL, Arca and Oz.

Although France leads the league table in terms of visitor numbers, the top spot in terms of revenue earned from tourism goes to America (World Tourism Organisation figures for 2010) of $103.5bn. 2. Spain $52.5bn, 3. France 46.3bn, 4. China $45.8bn, 5. Italy 38.8bn, 6. Germany $34.7bn, 7. United Kingdom $30.4bn, 8. Australia $30.1 bn, 9. Hong Kong (China) 23bn and 10. Turkey $20.8bn.

The worlds safest roads based on the estimated number of road traffic deaths per 100,000 of population are; 1. Netherlands(49), 2. Sweden (53), 3. Norway (56), 4. United Kingdom (57), 5. Switzerland (69), 6. Germany (71), 7. Finland (72), 8. Denmark (74) 9. Japan (75) and 10. Iceland (79).  

The top selling cars in Europe in 2011 are; 1. VW Golf, 2. Ford Fiesta, 3. W Polo, 4. Opel Corsa, 5. Renault Clio, 6. OFord Focus, 7. Opel Astra, 8. Peugeot 207, 9. Fiat Punt0, 10. Renault Megane, 11. VW Passat, 12. Nissa Qashqai, 13. Fiat Panda, 14. Citroen C3 and 15. Skoda Octavia. 

Airport Trivia

According to the Airport Council international's preliminary statistics for 2011, the busiest airports in the world are; 1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (92.3m), 2. Beijing Capital International (77.4m), 3. London Heathrow Airport (69.4m), 4. O'Hare International (66.5m), 5. Tokyo International (62.2m), 6. Los Angeles International (61.8m), 7. Paris Charles de Gaulle (60.9m), 8. Dallas Fort Worth (57.8m), 9. Frankfurt Airport (56.4m), 10. Hong Kong International (53.3m), 11. Denver International (52.7m), 12. Soekarno-Hatta International (52.4m), 13. Dubai International (50.9m), 14. Amsterdam Schiphol (49.7m), 15. Madrid Barajas (49.6m), 16. Suvarnbhumi Airport (49.9), 17. John F. Kennedy Airport (47.8m), 18. Singapore Changi (46.5m), 19. Guangzhou Baiyun International (45m) and 20. McCarran International (41.4m).

The oldest airport in the world is The College Park Airport which was established by one of the Wright brother in 1909. It is located in Maryland, USA.

Other synonyms used in place of the term "airport" iclude, airstrip, airdrome, airbase, airfield and aerodrome.

The longest runway in the world is 18,045 feet long and can be found at Qambo Bangda airport in China, which also hold the record for the airport at the highest altitude in the world, some 14,219 feet. The shortest is just 1,300 feel long and is locate at Juancho E Yrausquin airport on the island of Saba in the Caribbean.

South African Airways, based at Johannesburg International airport is the only airline in the world to fly, non-stop, direct flights to all six populated continents, Africa, Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australia. London Gatwick is the busiest single runway airport in the world, whilst Frankfurt in Germany can lay claim to serving the most international destinations. If all of traffic for London's five airports were added together, they would collectively be the busiest airports in any city across the world. The Dubai World Central International Airport is currently under construction and due to be fully operational by 2017. It will have 6 x 4.5km long runways, underground parking for 100,000 cars, capacity for 4 planes to land at the same time, 16 cargo terminals capable of handling 12 million tonnes per year and the airport will be able to handle over 120 million passengers per year.

Did you know?

Hertz is the largest car rental company in the world with 8,100 rental locations in 147 countries and is ahead of Avis Budget Group (including the brands, Avis and Budget Car Rental) is the second largest with 10,000 rental locations in 175 countries.

At the World Travel Awards in 2011, Avis was awarded "World's Leading Business Car Rental Company 2011", other nominees included, Budget Car Rental (Part of the same group as Avis, Europcar (fleet size 220,000), Hertz, National and Sixt. 

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamao Rent A Car are part of the same group, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.  It is also the largest car rental company in North America with a car rental fleet exceeding 900,000. (1.2m including trucks, which would make them the world's largest automotive fleet operator). 

National Car Hire UK and Europcar, have the largest fleet of rental cars in the United Kingdom, with both companies claiming a fleet size of 54,000. They are followed by Enterprise with a car rental fleet of 34,350, Avis at 18,500, Hertz 16,300, Budget Rent A Car 14,000, Thrifty 12,140 and Sixt 10,000.  

The American car rental market has a fleet size of 1.76m in 2011. 

Europcar operates a fleet of over 220,000 rental cars.

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