What types of cars do you rent?

Car Hire Comparison UK: Most rental companies categorise the hire cars and broadly speaking, these are as follows: Mini, Economy, compact, Standard or Intermediate, Full Size, Luxury or Premium, Vans/Minivans (also referred to as MPV's or People Carriers), SUV's and, depending on the location, Exotic and/or Special Cars which may include such icons as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini and so on. The 'vans' or people carriers are typically available in derivatives from 5 seats through to nine seater. Some locations will also have soft tops (convertibles/cabriolets) available, from a sports car through to a family soft top or 4x4 with a removable, canvas top. Compare Car Hire.

The range is exhaustive and we invite you to look at the 'information' section for additional details on individual vehicles and specifications. Remember, that the extent of the range will be dependent on availability, location and country. 

Where can I get my rental car?

The good news is that 'Car Hire Assistant' has access to over 550 suppliers who, combined, have some 30,000 locations in 175 countries. Therefore, if you want to collect your rental car from a large city, small town, holiday resort, sea port or airport, there is an excellent chance that one of the rental companies we use will have an office near you. If you want to collect your hire car from one location and return it to another, this is also possible with some hire companies, although a premium is charged. Many of the companies we deal with also have kiosks or stations at major airports. 

Remember, our service is free, there are no hidden charges or booking surcharges. We search, so you can compare, not just the price of your rental car, but the options, types of vehicles, locations and service. Compare car hire prices with Car Hire Assistant, The UK  Car Hire Comparison Site - Compare Car Hire

Car Rentals made simple

Renting a car, van or people carrier (MPV) does not have to be a stressful experience. Using a car rental comparison site such as 'Car Hire Assistant' can save you  many hours attempting to find the cheapest deals and then trying to compare the hire options on a like for like basis. Moreover, the process of weeding out those rental operators that employ tactics of headline grabbing, low rental costs, only to hit the hirer with a huge list of extras, means you have to remain alert. Car Hire Assistant removes ambiguities with a guarantee of no hidden prices and a commitment to inclusive rental rates. Car options are laid out in a logical manner allowing the renter to compare 'apples with apples'. We also offer additional, complimentary services such as Car Hire Excess Insurance, Travel Insurance and Airport Transfers. Free service and no booking charges. The best comparison site for Cheap Car Hire

Rental Cars in London

Wide range of compact, family, luxury and specialist performance cars for hire in London through Car Hire Assistant, the Car rental comparison service. Anyone that has had to search for the best car rental prices will appreciate the time consuming nature of the process and the frustration of trying to compare prices on a 'like for like' basis. Car Hire Assistant removes the vagaries and ensures that our prices are presented in a manner that allows you to compare prices, benefits and terms on an equal basis. Your search for car hire in London has brought you to our site and now we can get to work.

We are a car hire comparison site, which means that we will, on your behalf, seek prices from all the rental operators we have in London. The number of rental operators we deal with varies, however, to give you an insight into the depths we go to, we have some 550 rental operators, with in excess of 30,000 locations in 175 countries. As will become apparent, this is an extensive network and maximises your opportunities to get the best price for your hire in London. One fundamental  aspect of this comparison service is that all the hire companies know they are being compared and this encourages them to be competitive. Because none of us want to miss out on promotions and special offers, these will be included with our hire summary for London and they will be marked with a best buy icon. 

To ensure that you are provided with a comprehensive choice, in addition to local rental companies in London, we also seek prices from national and international operators who have rental locations in London. Some of these operators may have several locations in London, at strategic places, such as London airports, railway stations or in the centre of the city.  Some of the companies we may seek quotes from will be familiar to you, they include; Europcar, National, Avis, Sixt, Hertz, Budget Rent A Car, Enterprise and Alamo. Wide range of compact, family, luxury and specialist performance cars for hire in London through Car Hire Assistant, the Car rental comparison service.

Although the precise terms of some rental companies will differ, you can be assured that the prices you are quoted for your London rental car will be fully inclusive, with no hidden charges such as airport collection premiums, credit card surcharges or booking fees. Our fully inclusive prices will include; Collision Damage Waiver, Third Party Liability Protection, Theft Waiver and taxes. You will be given the opportunity to review the specific terms of the rental company in London before you book. If you have read to this point, they you may like to know, that in the time it has taken you to get to this point, you could have entered your hire details and received a summary of the best deals in London. We have timed the process and it takes under a minute. It is a free service, we don't add on a booking fee or surcharge for using ours service, so you really have nothing to lose, but everything to gain. 

When you are presented with the summary of hire prices for Paris, you will also be given the opportunity to filter the type of vehicle you are seeking. These are categorised as; Mini, Economy, Standard or Intermediate, Full Size, Luxury or Premium, Van or Minivan (people carriers), SUV and Exotic or Special. The extent of vehicle options available in London will be dependent on the availability for the dates you require. However, some operators also specialise in top of the range rental cars and/or special or exotic cars and these might include; Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin, BMW M5's and so on. 

No matter which part of London you want to collect your rental car, we are confident that we can accommodate your needs with little need to compromise. Remember, we will contact independent and national operators in London, to ensure that you receive the best prices and, the most choice (locations, types of vehicles etc.) If you want to take a look at the specifications of specific models contained within the categories listed above, please refer to the link above. Car Hire Assistant would be delighted to help you find the best deals in London and we hope you will give us the opportunity.

London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom; it has the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union. The Greater London covers an area of just over 600 square miles. London is situated on the 215 mile long River Thames which crosses the city from the south-west to the east. London has been a major settlement for two millennia and, in fact, the core (the City of London) which is about a square mile, remains true to its medieval boundaries. The Greater London has a population in excess of 7.8m, which makes the second largest municipality in the European Union. These are the official figures, however, the unofficial figures are estimated to be much higher, perhaps 500,000 more. London attracts over 14 million international visitors per year, making it Europe's most visited city

Often described as the world's cultural capital, within the boundaries of London, some 300 different languages are spoken. London has four World Heritage Sites which are; the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, including St Margaret's Church and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Other world famous landmarks in London would include; Big Ben, which stands at one end of the Houses of Parliament; St Paul's Cathedral designed by architect Sir Christopher Wren; Tower Bridge, a 19th century bridge spanning the River Thames; Nelson's Column; The London Eye, built to celebrate the new millennium; the Houses of Parliament built in the 1830's; Buckingham Palace official residence to the Queen (in August and September Buckingham Palace is open to visitors); The Tower of London is one of London's oldest landmarks, started by William the Conqueror in 1066; Kensington Palace which has been used by British royalty for centuries, and was home to Princess Diana; No.10 Downing Street is home of the British Prime Minister and Piccadilly Circus, which to London, is the equivalent of New York's Times Square and as famous for its neon advertising signs as it is for the statue of Eros.

London has many world renowned Galleries and Museums which include; the Royal Academy of Artys Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the National Gallery. Museums include the British Museum, Churchill War Rooms, the Imperrial War Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. In fact, there are over 300 museums and art galleries in London. Most of the main London museums remain free to enter.

The largest parks in the central area of London are Hyde Park and neighbouring Kensington Gardens located at the western edge of central London. Regent's Park is on the northern edge and contains the renowned London Zoo, the world's oldest scientific zoo.

A popular areas for visitors to London is "Theatreland" in the West End, home to over 40 venues with annual attendances numbering 13m annually. The longest-running musical in West End history is Les Misérables which opened in 1985, originally at the Palace Theatre and now showing at the Queen's Theatre.

One very popular tour experience is run by the 'Original London Sightseeing Tour' which operates 100 open-top double decker buses every day between 08.30 - 17.00. The Hop-on and hop-off has over 90 stops and calls at all the best of London's premier sites. The tour includes English live guides and a wide choice of recorded language commentaries. Founded over 60 years ago it is now the largest and most popular open-top sightseeing red bus operator in the world. The tour now includes a free pass for a River Thames cruise (24 hour validity) and a free London walking tour.

Getting around London. The London Underground (known locally as The Tube), is the oldest underground train system in the world, with 270 stations, meaning that you are never far from one in London. The London Underground carries in excess of 1.1bn passengers each year. The London Underground generally run between 5am and midnight with reduced hours on Sunday's. London also has one of the world's largest urban bus networks and buses offer a convenient way to get around offering plenty of sightseeing opportunities on the way. Some bus services only run during the day, from about 06:00 to 23:00, however, many routes now run a 24 hour service. Night buses are prefixed with the letter 'N'. Taxi: By river: London River Services operates a mixture of tourist and commuter boat services along the River Thames. By Taxi: The famous 'black cab' can be hailed from the street and is another convenient, if expensive, way of getting around London, with some 19,000 registered in London.

Europe's busiest shopping area is Oxford Street, a street which is nearly 1 mile long, making it the longest shopping street in the United Kingdom. It is home to a huge number of retailers and department stores, including Selfridges. Many visitors to London mistakenly believe that the Harrods department store is based on Oxford Street, but it is, in fact, in Knightsbridge, which lies to the south-west.

By car: If you are renting a car for your trip to London then you will benefit from the increased flexibility and freedom associated with having independent transportation. However, it should be noted that in many parts of London, particularly the West End and central London, a congestion charge is operated. If you have not paid for the Congestion Charge, and you stray into one of these areas, then you must pay the congestion charge before the end of the day. For those not familiar with London, it can be very challenging, the roads are very busy and large vehicles often block sight of the sign posts, in addition, cyclists and motorcycles can come alongside your car unexpectedly. For a stress free time in London, it is strongly recommended that you leave your rental car at a car park and use public transport.

Planning your Trip

Things always seem to go better when they are carefully planned and flying to another destination is no exception. Plan well and all things being equal, you should have an uneventful trip with less stress. Here are the top tips:

Before you leave

  • Ensure that you have your airline tickets, vouchers for hotel bookings, car rental and/or airport shuttle transfers, your passport, visa (if required), money, credit cards and travellers cheques. If you are renting a car at your destination, make sure you have your driver's licence (paper and photo) and, if necessary, an international drivers permit. These items should all be kept in your hand luggage.
  • Familiarise yourself with the 'banned item' list, these change from time to time, but it is important to know what can go in your hand luggage, what must go in the hold and what you simply cannot take with you.
  • Avoid wrapping items such as gifts or presents because these may be opened by security at your departing or destination airport.
  • If you are taking essential medicines, ensure that that they are in their original packaging and, if they are prescription drugs, try and get a letter from your doctor confirming that these have been prescribed for you. Also remember, that is some countries, certain drugs are banned, even if you have been prescribed them by your doctor. If in doubt, check with the airline and/or embassy.
  • Make sure that you choose comfortable clothing, especially if it is a long journey, also be cognisant of the weather at your destination, which may influence your choice of clothes.
  • Check the weight of your luggage. Most airlines have a strict policy on exceeding baggage limits and airport surcharges can be very expensive. In addition, some airlines will not allow you to pay in excess at checkin, which could lead to delays and inconvenience.

Heading for the airport

  • Always remember to allow plenty of time to arrive at the airport. As a general rule, if you are taking an international flight, you should aim to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure. For local or domestic flights, at least one hour.
  • Make sure you know what terminal you are departing from, some airports are very large and the distance between the terminal buildings can be considerable.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to the airport. Road maintenance often happens at night, and this can occasionally lead to unexpected road closures, so check before you travel and allow ample time for your journey. If you are travelling during the day, then traffic may become your curse, once again, check on travel information sites and allow extra time for unexpected delays.
  • If you are driving to the airport yourself, it is advisable to book your airport parking in advance. Many websites no offer this service and it can be much cheaper than attempting to find parking on arrival.
  • If you are using public transport to get to the airport, then make sure you have booked advance tickets and also, that there are no planned maintenance (in respect of railways) or anticipated road works in the case of coach travel.
  • If you are travelling by hire car and intend to leave it at the airport, make sure the rental company has facilities to allow you to drop it off. Not all car rental companies have airport facilities, many are located just outside.

On arrival at the airport terminal

  • Since 2001, airport security has been tightened considerably and, on occasion, additional security measures are employed at very short notice. As a consequence, the amount of time taken to go through airport security has lengthened considerably and it can also be unpredictable, especially if additional measures have been introduced.
  • Make sure you are familiar with what you can take through security, particularly in relation to banned items and liquids. Remember, even if you have purchased something at the airport (such as drinks), you may not be able to take it through security and/or on the airline.
  • You must keep your baggage with you at all times. In part because of the security issues at airports, but also because it will almost certainly contain your essential travel documents and you would not want to lose them or have them stolen. You should never look after the belongings of other people or agree to carry anything onto the aircraft on their behalf.
  • Once you are through passport control and security, make sure you keep a close eye on the 'departure boards', many airport no longer make verbal announcements and you need to know which gate number your flight is departing from. Also consider the amount of time it takes to get from where you are to the gate, some airport are very large, such as Heathrow and it can take up to 30 minutes to get to the gate.

On the plane

  • If you are going on a long journey, then try to relax and get some sleep. For shorter journeys you may want to read a book, watch a movie or listen to music on your MP3 player. So make sure you have packed laptops, tablets and/or music players into your hand luggage.
  • It is advisable not to eat too much on long haul flights, because this can lead to an inability to sleep or indigestion. Move around the aircraft as much as you can to keep your circulation working. If you have flight socks, then consider using them.
  • Avoid too much alcohol, but drink plenty of other beverages to avoid dehydration.
  • Even if you are a seasoned traveller, it is worthwhile spending a few minutes to decide exactly what you need from your hire car. 
  • When considering the type of vehicle you wish to hire, consider the passengers and the luggage. Hiring a Suzuki jeep for 4 people with luggage could really be a problem. All too often hirers count the seats, but not the luggage.
  • If you are going on holiday and want to relax consider carefully whether you want a manual or automatic gearbox. 
  • Most cars have air conditioning as standard, but some of the economy vehicles may not, therefore if this is important to you, check carefully before you book and upgrade to the next model if necessary.
  • If you are not familiar with the country you are travelling to, then you need to think ahead. Planning the journey from your arrival airport to your destination is often overlooked. Do you need a local map, SatNav or will you take written directions? There is nothing worse than arriving at the airport in the middle of the night and getting lost! 
  • Do you need booster seats, child seats or a ski rack? These are often available from the hire companies at an additional charge, but they have to be booked in advance.  
  • Will you be the only driver? Some rental companies will allow a second driver at no additional charge (or for a small fee), but this needs to be booked in advance.
  • It is recommended that you remove the identiying tag from the car key ring and keep it in a safe place until the termination of your hire to avoid highlighting that you are a tourist and using a rental car. 
  • One Way Hires or dropping the car off at a different location can be convenient, but expensive. Most car hire companies allow this option, but it is worth checking the difference between these options and returning the car to the airport terminal. 
  • Check the terms of your hire carefully. Some rental companies will supply the car with a full tank of petrol and will expect you to return it with a full tank. If you don’t, then there could be additional charges levied and the cost of fuel may not be the most competitive. If your car is not provided with a full tank of petrol then you should plan to stop as early as possible refuel. 
  • Before you accept the car, make sure you check the condition carefully, noting any damage, including scratches, dents, tyres or windscreen damage. You should ensure that these are written on the handover form to avoid any arguments when the vehicle is returned. Also remember that, as the driver, you are responsible for ensuring that the hire car meets local road and traffic regulations, this includes, but is not limited to tyres, lights, wipers and brakes. If you are not happy, reject the vehicle and ask for an alternative. 
  • Above all, familiarise yourself with the car before you drive. Being in a different country with an unfamiliar car can be stressful. Take your time.
  • Rules of the road and more specifically traffic laws and regulations vary enormously between different countries. Therefore, whilst your drivers licence may be valid, your appreciation of local driving laws may not. To avoid frustration, fines, arrest or accidents, all travellers would be well advised to familiarise themselves with the local driving regulations before they embark on their journey. Many European countries also impose 'on the spot' fines for offences such as speeding. Also worth noting is that the car hire company will hold you personally liable for any fines incurred whilst you are using the vehicle, for example, parking fines

Guide to common rental car definitions:

These definitions are provided only as a guide and it essential that you refer to the terms and conditions of your rental agreement for specific terms relative to your hire.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), also referred to as: Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
If the hired car or any of its parts or accessories is damaged other than by theft, attempted theft or vandalism, while on rental, CDW limits your liability to the amount of the non-waivable excess, if any, which applies in each country, provided that you have adhered to all the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement. CDW does not cover any damage caused as a result of theft, attempted theft or vandalism.

Theft Waiver (TW)
It is an insurance offered by the car rental firm limiting your liability to the excess amount in case of theft of the vehicle. This does not over negligence, if for example you can't return the ignition key, or you left it in an unsafe place, you could be liabel for the full cost of the vehicle, as would be the case with most domestic car insurance policies.

Third Party Liability Protection
Offers protection against any third pary liability such as damage to another vehicle or personal injuries to an individual not travelling in the hire car. TPLP typically does not have an excess or deductible amount to pay.

Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW)
Covers tyres, roof and windscreen.

Personal Insurance (PI) Insures against the cost if you accidentally kill yourself or a passenger. (Also see ALI below)
Personal Effects Cover (PEC)
Covers property that has been stolen from a vehicle.
Additional Liability Insurance (ALI)
This is an optional insurance that protects the hirer and other other authorised drivers against claims made by third parties for personal injuries, death and property damage caused by the use of or the operation of the rental car.


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