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Car Hire

We have negotiated very special car hire prices with Budget Car Rental. Unlike most other car hire suppliers this allows our clients to collect and return their cars directly to the airport terminal building, avoiding the necessity of catching a coach to an off airport depot. With a network of branches across Portugal and the Algarve they offer a first class service including delivery and pick up directly from your villa, if required.


Low: 1 March 2015 - 31 March 2015 
Econ: 1 October 2015 - 31 October 2015
Mid: 6 April 2015 - 30 June 2015 & 16 September 2015 - 30 September 2015
High: 1 April 2015 - 5 April 2015 & 1 July 2015 - 17 July 2015 & 17 August 2015 - 15 September 2015
Peak: 18 July 2015 - 16 August 2015

Group Car Model or Similar Doors Seats A/C LOW ECONMIDHIGH PEAK
A Fiat Panda 3 4 £91  £133 £154£189 £217
B Mitsubishi Colt 5 4 £105  £147 £161£203 £238
C Ford Fiesta 5 5 tick £119  £168 £189£224 £245
O Renault Clio Diesel 5 5 tick £133  £182 £203£266 £301
E Ford Focus 5 5 tick £147  £210 £231£287 £329
F Renault Megane Estate 5 5 tick £196  £259 £287£315 £343
G Opel Insignia 5 5 tick £294  £406 £455£546 £574
H BMW 3 series 5 5 tick £525  £672 £749£826 £931
L Citroen C4 automatic 5 5 tick £231  £315 £350£406 £490
I Ford S Max 5 7 tick £294  £448 £497£567 £651
P Peugeot 207 Convertible 3 5 tick £231  £371 £413£511 £532
K Ford Minibus 5 9 tick £301  £455 £511£574 £658

All rates include: Unlimited mileage; CDW; theft protection; motor liability insurance; taxes and one additional driver.

Minimum rental - 3 days
Minimum driver age - 21 years
Minimum experience - full driving licence must be held for 2 years

Please note that all vehicles are booked on a request-basis and your choice of vehicle may not be available, particularly for bookings made within 4 weeks of departure.

Excess & Excess Waiver Insurance
Our rates include insurance should you have an accident. However, if you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident, you must may pay an 'Excess', similar to many UK insurance policies. Insurance excess for hire cars are much higher so you can pay to insure against the excess with the car hire company (see rates below), purchase an Annual Excess Waiver Insurance from a UK insurer prior to travel (click here) or choose to take the risk - although we would not recommend you take the latter option!

€900 excess for groups A, B, C and O - €15.35 per day to waive, payable locally
€1250 excess for groups E and F - €16.40 per day to waive, payable locally
€1500 excess for groups P, L, G, K, and I - €18.80 per day to waive, payable locally
€2000 excess for group H - €28.75 per day to waive, payable locally

Annual Excess Waiver Insurance from £39.99
It is possible to purchase an annual policy from a UK insurance company which may provide equivalent cover to insurance offered by the car hire company, but at a lower premium. Please click here to visit the website of the UK insurance provider we recommend.

Extra Insurance
Upon collection of your vehicle it is likely that the car hire company will offer you Personal Assistance Insurance (PAI) at between €7.95 to €11.15 per day, Windscreen Damage Waiver (WDW) at €1.40 per day and Road Safety Net (RSN) to cover for roadside assistance, loss of keys or flat tyres, at €2.90 per day. The UK Insurance company also provides cover for extras click here but is your responsibility to check that policy documents carefully to ensure you have the necessary cover in place.

Fuel & Fuel Deposit
A fuel deposit will be taken by credit card. The car will be provided with a full tank of fuel and should be returned with a full tank of fuel to ensure that the fuel deposit is refunded in full. Should the car be returned with an empty or partially empty tank, a refuelling fee plus the cost of a full tank of fuel will be deducted from your deposit.

Motorway & Tolls
The A22 motorway, that stretches the length of the Algarve, has a toll system. All hire cars a fitted with an E-toll device (a small electronic box attached to the windscreen) which enables payment of any tolls via an electronic system, deducted from a credit card registered against the device. If a car has an E-Toll device then it is not possible to pay for any tolls in cash at the Post Office or Pay Shop. You may refuse the E-toll service however you are then not permitted to use the motorway and will incur fines should you do so. The charge for the E-toll service is €1.60 per day, maximum €16, plus tolls. If a car is not fitted with an E-Toll device then tolls must be paid within 48 hours of travel at the Post Office or designated Pay Shop. 

Child Seats
Requests for baby seats or child booster seats should be made at the time of booking. These are charged at €33 + VAT per rental and are payable locally.

Additional Drivers
Two drivers are included within the above rates. Additional drivers are charged €7.55 per day, up to a maximum of €60.40 per rental, payable locally

Pick Up, Drop Off, Delivery & Collection
We will automatically arrange for cars to be collected and returned from Faro Airport however we can arrange this from Lisbon Airport or, should you prefer to arrange a transfer from the airport to your chosen villa, we can arrange for hire cars to be delivered and collected. Car deliveries may only be made between 10:00 - 11:45 and 15:00 -18:30 and you must be present so remember to bear in mind that access to your villa is from 14:00 on arrival day and you must vacate your villa by 10:00 on departure day.

Driving & The Law
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are aware of the laws regarding driving in Portugal however it should be noted that drink driving limits are lower than the UK and driving while under the influence of drink or drugs invalidates the car insurance. Speeding tickets, parking fines, motorway tolls etc. are the responsibility of the renter. If the police stop you for any reason, you should always have proof of identity plus the car hire contract with you.

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