Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Car hire in Edinburgh

If you plan to have a stag party in Edinburgh here is some information on the car hire services and the facilities that are available. Edinburgh provides very good car hiring services. A wide range of cars are available; automatics will be dearer and their range limited. The minimum age for hire is usually 23 and in some cases it is 25.

Some companies might arrange for delivery and return service at an extra charge. One way hires are difficult to get from remote locations and cancellations have to be made less than 72 hours prior to car rental.

All cars have seat belts since it is mandatory to have them. Other than the economy range of cars most cars have power steering and airbags. Baby, child and booster seats may be requested from most hirers and are often supplied free of charge.

Some of the firms will allow you to take the vehicle abroad at an extra charge. Based on the type of hire you may get unlimited mileage, but there also companies that allow unlimited mileage irrespective of the type of hire.

The excess on the insurance will be higher for younger drivers and the hirer is liable for damage up to a specified amount. The airport branches of the car hire companies are open on Sundays but for a shorter time. On bank holidays the larger firms are open, but remain closed on Xmas Day and New Years Day.

The company will supply the car with a full tank which the hirer is expected to replace on return. The firm may also charge you a fuel deposit which is adjusted according to usage.

Overseas visitors must have a valid driver’s license or International License and this must be accompanied by a passport. British licenses usually must have been held for at least 1 year.

These are only a few of the basic things to be aware about if you plan to hire a car when you go to Edinburgh.

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