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Popular Car Hire Companies

[ 0 ] 17/09/2011 |

When choosing which company to use when hiring a car on holiday it can be difficult to know where to start, many offer great deals and if you have never hired a car before you may not know a reputable company from one that is not so established.

A good idea to help you get a great deal on car hire is to use a price comparison site as these will do the hard work for you when seeing which company has what you need at the cheapest price.

Here is a roundup of 5 of the most popular car hire companies across the globe to help you make your decision:

Budget Rent a Car

First opened in 1958, Budget Rent a Car is a long established car rental company that has a brand name recognised around the world. The company boasts a large selection of cars, vans and trucks available for rental in more than 3400 locations across 128 different countries. As is stated in the name, one of Budget Rent a Car’s aims is to keep costs down for its customers by constantly reviewing its prices.


If renting a car in Europe, Europcar holds the title of Europe’s leading car hire company with 180 different locations in the UK and a further 10,000 branches across 180 countries worldwide. Europcar also offer the service of having your hire car delivered straight to your door, this can prove particularly convenient if you are in a rush to get your break off to a flying start. Another well respected name that has been offering reliable car hire for many years.


Another big name in the car rental world, Hertz has over 8000 locations in all major cities, towns, airports and even specific holiday resorts. If you are looking for something a little bit more exciting in your rental car whilst you are on holiday, Hertz offers a ‘fun’ range of cars with models including a sporty VW Scirocco and the small but speedy Fiat 500, perfect for driving during city breaks. Hertz also offer their ‘Green’ collection, so if you are looking for a car with low CO2 output they can direct you to the right model for you.


Another familiar name in the car hire industry, Avis claims to have opened the world’s first airport car rental location in Willow Run Airport, Detroit in 1946. Since then it has expended to over 4000 locations in 114 different countries. To save you the hassle of taxis or public transport to the airport when travelling overseas for your holiday, Avis offers a service where they drop the hire car at your door, allowing you to drive yourself to the airport at your own pace and leaving it at their airport branch.

Holiday Autos

A relative newcomer in the world of car hire, Holiday Autos was founded in 1987 with goals of revolutionising the car hire industry by becoming the first company to offer fully inclusive pre paid car hire – and they achieved this. Since then they have caught up with the longer established car hire companies and has also become a recognisable and trusted name in the industry. The world’s largest leisure car rental broker and part of, holiday autos rather the rent the car themselves, negotiate prices with other car hire companies and passes the savings on to its customers.

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