Self-drive Car Hire

31 January 2024 – 2 Minute Read

How much to hire a car?

Car hire prices can start from £48 per day. To hire a car for 1 week, it can cost from £156. However, prices vary depending on the size of car you select, seasonality, the length of rental, vehicle make, location and availability. It is best to begin the booking process by searching for a car hire company on .

Do hire cars come with insurance?

Yes. Every car hire company includes a basic level of insurance, typically known as LDW or CDW. This type of insurance usually covers damage, theft and Third Party Liability insurance. Although, this depends on where you live in the world.

How old must you be to hire a car in the UK?

You must be aged 25 or older to hire a car in the UK. But, if you would like to hire full-size MPVs, Luton vans, 4x4, and premium vehicles, you must be a minimum of 30 years old.

Can you hire a car when aged over 80?

Car hire companies often set a maximum age for car rental. Typically, the limit is 70 or 75; however, others have an upper age cut-off or charge a ‘senior driver fee’ — usually from age 70. The only way you will really know if you are allowed to drive away in the hire car if you are 80 years old is to ask the hiring company about their age restrictions before booking.

What do you need to hire a car?

You need the following items when it comes to hiring a car:

  • A full valid driving license
  • A DVLA code before picking up your hire car so hire companies can see your driving history and check for points
  • An International Driving Permit (for foreign drivers only)
  • Valid photo identification such as a passport, driving license, or ID card
  • Visitors to the UK should provide proof of return travel and accommodation info while in the UK
  • A debit card for the security deposit and cost of the hire car

Can I hire a car if my licence has expired?

No, most car hire companies require you to renew your driving license before hiring a car. If you have already booked a hire car but your driving license has expired, you have three choices.

You can:

  • Change your car hire date
  • Put someone else down as the named driver
  • Cancel your car hire booking, but double-check the cancellation policy’s T’s and C’s

Can you hire a car to take abroad?

Yes, some car hire companies let you pay a ‘cross-border’ fee when you pick your car up. This means you can take your hire car abroad while also extending your hire car’s basic damage, theft and third-part protection to make it valid in another country. Just make sure you take your valid UK driving license with you. You will also need a VE103 certificate .

Do hire cars come with sat nav?

Not usually unless it is stated in the agreement or is part of your car hire package. Many hire companies will provide a sat nav as an added extra. Alternatively, you could think about buying one before your trip, or downloading a sat nav app on your smartphone for less.