Travelling from France and need to hire a car in the UK

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My daughter is coming to the UK for a visit later this year, flying to Manchester and needs to hire a car, or small van, to get around in. She is wondering if it would be cheaper to hire from the UK, eg I hired and paid for it. Has anyone had experience of this?
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  • DullGreyGuy
    DullGreyGuy Posts: 10,264 Forumite
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    What's the alternative to hiring from the UK?

  • A couple of things occur to me.
    Firstly, most (not necessarily all) hire companies prefer the hirer to pay with their own credit card, so that they can charge it later if there's any damage or whatever.  But if your daughter pays herself then the exchange rate will have an impact on what it actually costs her - as well as any foreign exchange fees her card provider may charge (assuming she's got a French credit card and will need to pay in Sterling).
    Also, assuming she has a French driving licence, worth checking that the hire company will be OK with that.  I can't see any reason why not, to be honest, it's not exactly an unusual situation.
    I can't see any reason why the price would be any different whether you book it from France or from here - other than, as mentioned, the exchange rate factor.  If the car hire costs, say £200, that may equate to 230 Euros or 250 Euros or something else, depending on the exchange rate at the time.
  • Grumpy_chap
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    Isn't the simplest way for the OP to do a trial price check using their own details and then for the daughter to look online from France and see how the rates compare?
    If the rates are similar then it's probably simplest for the daughter to simply do the booking fully in her details with her payment card etc.
  • knightstyle
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    We have done this in reverse, hired a car in France after flying in.  Airport car hire companies are very expensive so we would get a taxi to one of the supermarkets that hires cars, we had to book well in advance and use a French cheque for the deposit paying for the hire with a UK credit card.
    Best to ask locally and maybe you will have to pay with your UK bank transfer.
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