How I rented a car in Tenerife - prices in the New Year and Christmas

My problem is that I always happenspontaneous trips. If you can plan a trip for a few months at least, then my respect for you. In this case, you can do everything cheaper, ranging from housing, ending with car rental.

This time I took the car in the middle of December for 15 days and booked it a few days before arrival. Don't do that :) Do everything much earlier.

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About renting a car in Tenerife and the Canary Islands

Standard in all countries, the car canrent from international network distributors and small local ones. Prices for the first (Hertz, Avis, Budget, Sixt, etc.) are always best to look through brokers, so it is cheaper.

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As a result, I took through Rentalcars this time. In Savings, prices are almost always lower, but you need to look at the companies in which they offer these prices.

Rental prices from local distributors need to look at their sites, on the Canary Islands, the main ones are:

  • Pluscar Tenerife. The price tag includes full insurance and the rental price is low. Reservation via email and without payment, all payments are in place. Deposit is not needed.
  • Cicar Allowed to move around the islands without surcharges. The prices are so-so. When ordering through their parent company Sabreramedina, the prices are lower and can be paid in cash, not with a card. Deposit is also not taken.
  • Goldcar. One of the most famous Spanish offices, but smart-ass. They offer the lowest prices, but the cost with insurance is already like everyone else or more expensive. If you do not take it, then they will find fault with every spot on the car. High deposit if without insurance.

On average, rent starts from 7 euros for small cars on a manual box without insurance and from 15 euros with insurance. The car on the machine will always be more expensive, sometimes the difference in price will be very noticeable.

As a rule, local prices are always lower thaninternational. Although brokers often give very good prices for Budget and Avis - the same 7 euros. On holidays or during the peak season in local may not be cars on the dates you need. In any case, it makes sense to check everything where it is more profitable to take it there.

What to look for when renting

  • The minimum age of the main driver (usually from 21-25 years) and the minimum driving experience (usually from 1-2 years). There may be co-payments for age and experience.
  • Fuel policy. Usually: Full Full. Some companies may freeze the cost of a full tank, plus a fine of 50 euros, which will be additionally written off in case you return a non-full tank.
  • Unlimited mileage or there are restrictions. In the latter case there will be a surcharge for each kilometer.
  • Does the default driver include an extra driver or need to pay extra. Sometimes it seriously changes the price.
  • The size of the deposit, so that the amount was sufficient in the account. And that the card was a credit or credit on the BIN. About this below.
  • Is it possible to travel by ferry to other Canary Islands? Not all companies allow it. And this usually should definitely be warned.

Comparing prices in services

Once again make a reservation, the prices are for the New Year andChristmas. In normal times, prices are 2-3 times lower. Apparently a lot of Europeans come to spend the holidays and in the arrival hall at the airport lined up at the points of hire.

Much has been dismantled cleaned, for example, Cicarand Pluscar-Tenerife - no machines. Actually, therefore, it became immediately clear to me that it would be necessary to take the car in large offices of the Hertz type. There was an option with Interrent (the cheapest at brokers), but there are the same rogues as in Goldcar, if possible, better to avoid. I did not dare.

Economybookings start at € 18, but this is interrent

Economybookings start at € 18, but this is interrent

Rentalcars prices from 24 euros

Rentalcars prices from 24 euros

Prices for Pluscar from 25 euros with full insurance!

Prices for Pluscar from 25 euros with full insurance!

So I would take Pluscar, probably because they havea good price tag for rent with full insurance (they don’t pass without insurance). After all, if you initially intend to take only with insurance, then the prices for the Economybookings and Rentalcars must also be added to a couple of dozen euros.

But alas, there was no machine left anywhere except with brokers. I also punched Cicar, and everything was also taken.

Rent a car in Thrifty

In the end, I decided to take the Hyundai i10 from Thrifty (the same Hertz) for 389 euros for 15 days (26 euros per day). Actually, the cheapest option was.

Reservation occurs at the broker standard. Choose a car, be sure to read all the rules that are included in the rental and what is not included, the requirements for age and rights.

Took Hyundai I10

I took the Hyundai i10 on the handle

To freeze the deposit you need a credit card. But many Russian debit cards, such as Tinkoff or Corn, make their way as a debit by number (BIN). You can check your card on one of the checker sites, for example, this one.

And in order not to be soared, make yourself a travel credit card of the type AllAirlines (link my review). I have been using it for a year now, everything is fine: insurance is free, cashback has already been decently received.

The deposit is defrosted a few days after putting the car. Occasionally it is defrosted a couple of days before putting the car in (I don’t know why this happens).

Deposit on the card 770 euros, deductible 670 euros

Deposit on the card 770 euros, deductible 670 euros

By default, insurance with a deductible is always given,In each office, the size of the franchise is different, usually 500-1500 euros. That is, this is the maximum that can be reached if the car gets into an accident or is scratched. In my case, the deductible is 670 euros.

To avoid the franchise and at least somehitting the headstock (to calmly scratch the car everywhere) you need to take full insurance. You will always be offered on the rack. To take or not, you decide. The thing is good, anything can happen - they can grind in the parking lot when you are not around and leave, but the whole question is about the price. Willing to pay or not. Note that the full insurance does not include glass, tires, bottom and roof.

Insurance from a broker, in my opinion, is better nottake. For the price it is about the same, but then more crap with her. The distributor will first charge you the amount of damage (but no more than the deductible), and then the broker will refund.

Rentalcars traditionally offered my insurance, but I refused

Rentalcars traditionally offered my insurance, but I refused

Rentalcars immediately takes the entire amount for the reservation, onthe place will not have to pay extra, except for some additional services or insurance. At the front desk will need to show only the voucher and your passport. Moreover, the voucher can not be printed, just show on the phone (and often it is not needed at all).

Reservations can be canceled without losing money no later than 48 hours before the start of the rental.

After some time, a voucher arrived at the post office.

After some time, a voucher arrived at the post office.

Upon arrival at Tenerife airport, the queue was just a couple of people at Hertz, while Goldcar and Cicar had 30 people each.

Issuance of the car took place on the rack Hertz. From the documents on the counter showed only the overseas and Russian law. The IDP were, but decided to check whether they would surrender without them. No problem.

Insurance is surprisingly not offered, I myselfasked Issue price of 200 euros for the entire period. I hesitated a little, agreed with the toad and took it. Thus, the rent rose in total at 40 euros per day with full insurance. You can not bathe, leave anywhere, let them scratch. But damn, 40 euros for such a small car. Eh ... I will not go more for the New Year.

The deposit in my case took only 100 euros, withcredit cards. When you take full insurance, then either such a small deposit is frozen, or nothing is taken at all. By the way, the deposit was returned 2 days after I gave the car away.

Queues at Tenerife airport

Queues at Tenerife airport

Keys issued at the counter, a contract with photosdamage to the car, and said where to go to the parking lot. There are several parking lines near the airport, each with a car from a certain office. There are pointers, everything is signed, you will not mix it up.

In the parking lot, too, there are employees, if that. For example, I had more damage on the car than on the printed photos. If the insurance was not complete, then it would be necessary to call the employee so that he would fix everything and bring it into the database.

Hyundai i10 issued with a mileage of 40 thousand, but notkilled. It is so lively, little kotsan outside and perfect inside. But the machine is quite small, maximum of two people will be comfortable. And only one medium suitcase will fit into the trunk, the rest of the things will have to be put in the back seat.

My machine for 15 days

My machine for 15 days

Manual boxes do not like, but in Tenerife with hisrises and descents on the manual box can even be more convenient to drive than on the machine, provided that the car with a small engine. I crawled into any slides without any problems, and surprisingly nowhere did I feel that I really didn’t have enough power. Well, yes, I didn’t crawl into a completely steep hill, but there are such turns that you will not accelerate anyway. However, I am not a racer at all, and the car is not for lovers of drive.

For 2 weeks I spent only 2 tanks, that is about 55 euros. It seems every day went somewhere, but apparently the island is small, a lot of gasoline can not be burned at all desire. Yes, and i10 eats quite a bit.

P.S. Ask questions that I know, I will. The first pancake is lumpy, despite years of experience in car rental, but there was simply no choice. And without a car is not an option, I can not imagine how without it in the Canary Islands.

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