Car Hire Shortages – Planning Ahead
Each week there seems to be news coming from car hire suppliers warning tourists of possible car hire shortages this summer. Last year car hire in Portugal and car hire in Spain saw shortages which left tourists disappointed and without transport for their long awaited holidays. Shortages are even more likely this year due to economic pressures forcing some suppliers to reduce the size of their fleets during the quieter winter season.
Therefore the obvious advice for tourists is to check availability at the same time when searching for flights, change your dates if necessary and book online as early as you can. If you search online using a car hire broker you will be able to search for availability across suppliers quickly and check prices to find the best deal at the same time.
Also check the local legislation, if you are travelling with kids, they might be required by law to travel using an approved child seat. Again in the high season child seats might be in high demand and if you don’t plan to travel with a child seat in your suitcase, you better request them at the same time you hire your car. Without a seat you might have a car but will not be permitted to drive.
Lastly, don’t plan your entire holiday around being able to drive. There are still many alternatives to car hire to travel around. Albeit can be more restrictive and less convenient, trains, buses and taxis are always an option if car hire is unavailable. Don’t let any shortages spoil your summer vacation.