Why Choose Automatic Car Hire?
We at Automatic Car Hire built this site due to the poor choice, price and availability of automatic vehicles offered by car hire brokers and suppliers currently on the market.
To combat this, we integrated the automatic vehicles of many car hire suppliers and brokers into one single search meaning you can find the ideal car for you in just one click.
With results refined to only the best guaranteed automatic vehicles available, you can trust Automatic Car Hire to ensure you get the car you need.
If you normally drive an automatic and the thought of a manual gearbox on the opposite side of the road than you are used to is unappealing, then search now and see why more and more people are using us to book their rental car.
With over 15 years car rental experience in our offices, we have set up unique deals with the best car rental brokers and suppliers on the market, to provide you with the best online resource for automatic car hire.
Getting the Best Automatic Car Rental Rate
There are a number of tips and tricks to making sure you get the best deal on automatic car hire whether it’s in the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus or Greece.
It’s well known due to the higher purchase cost and lower availability of automatic transmission rental cars, that they can be quite a bit more expensive to rent per day than the manual transmission alternative. Here at automatic car hire, we set out some ideas to save you some money on your next car rental.
Do you have a large party going with you? Seven or nine seater automatic cars are not only low on availability but can be expensive. If you have a number of drivers in your party then consider two smaller automatic cars instead. The combined price of two smaller compact sized cars, even if one is an estate for the luggage, can be a saving on a single seven or nine seat automatic people carrier.
Understanding Your Car Hire Requirements
Take some time to work out the space you actually need in the car for you and your party to travel comfortably. Compare the car classes against your car, friend’s cars or even pop down to a car dealer to take a look at the model range.
Dropping down a car class can save you quite a lot – an example, moving down from an intermediate class car (Ford Mondeo automatic or similar) to a compact class car (Ford Focus automatic or similar) will save you a considerable amount.
Automatic Car Hire Additional Extras
We are not asking you to simply go without a child seat or GPS system but instead compare the cost of bringing your own against hiring it from the car hire supplier.
For example, the costs of bringing your child seat on the airline (checking it in) may be less than the daily fee for renting one with the car hire supplier and will alleviate any concerns you have about availability or condition of the rental equipment.
Drop Off Time
Be careful when you enter the drop off time when you look for automatic car hire prices. Even stating a drop off time of 30 minutes after the pick up time will make your rental an additional day longer with the subsequent additional cost incurred.
Try to keep the rental shorter even if it does mean spending more time at the airport or train station before your journey home.
Car Hire Insurance
Take a look at the refundable insurance offered through automatic car hire or consider driving the car with the excess amounts in place.
Insurance offered by car hire suppliers can be expensive. Also bear in mind that the excess amounts on automatic rental cars is normally much higher than their manual comparable cars due to higher maintenance and value.
If you will be doing quite a bit of driving then keep an eye out for diesel automatic cars as the fuel efficiency is greater which in turn saves you money.
Automatic Car Rental Fuel Policy
If you are not doing a lot of driving take some time to note the car hire suppliers fuel policy (in the terms and conditions). Full to empty suppliers will leave you feeling cheated if you bring back the car with half a tank of fuel left with no chance of a refund for it. If you are not driving that much then go for a full to full fuel policy supplier.
First thing to state is that all cars shown on here are fully inclusive meaning that the price you see, you pay. That said; when you as a driver require additional equipment or services from the supplier then optional extra costs do occur.
The only scenario where we at automatic car hire can see an unavoidable charge levied by a car rental company is an out of hours fee. Most flights are met without charge and most offices away from airports are open within normal office hours.
The rise of travel options and budget airlines and their unusual flight times (to keep their costs down) can result in you needing to pick up the car at times that are not served traditionally by the car hire company.
When this is the case then an out of hours fee could and will be levied. These are shown in the terms and conditions and you should look for these if you think your arrival is not within times you consider to be “office hours”.
Fuel, a controversial full to empty policy that began in Spain in the late 90’s has expanded to many suppliers across the world. This is where you must pay for a full tank of fuel and return as empty as possible. In some circumstances but by no means all, this could be at a higher price than you pay at the pumps so please check the terms and conditions for the fuel options available.
For shorter rentals full to empty suppliers do normally operate a full to full policy (three of less days) so bear this in mind but generally if your rental is short or you are not intending to drive much then a full to full policy supplier is best for you.
Additional equipment requested when booking or at the counter will of course be charged for and these fees again are present in the terms and conditions.
Car Hire Excess Insurance Information
If you have an accident or are a victim of crime with either scenario resulting in damage to the rental car, the supplier or owner of the vehicle can take an excess for the repairs directly from your credit card even if it is not your fault.
You can purchase additional insurances at the desk but this can be costly and may not remove the excess amount completely. They may also be exclusions in terms of cover for the underside of the vehicle or loss of the keys as common examples.
Renting a car is all about your own personal preferences but at Automatic Car Hire we understand the large excess amounts that can be in place for automatic cars due to the increased cost of purchasing and maintaining them. This is why we have decided to offer all three options when you go through the booking process.
The additional option we give is a refundable excess insurance that covers you and not the car. If you have any incident that results in a deduction of the excess amount from your credit card then you can reclaim this amount directly from the insurer at your leisure.
Just request a claims form, fill in the details and any paperwork given to you and they will process and refund you the excess amount directly to your credit card.
Terms & Conditions
Of course you can look in the terms and conditions of each supplier to see excess amounts and insurance options as you go through the booking process.
Many people are okay with driving with the excess amounts in place, all cars on our website are fully inclusive so you don’t need to pay anything extra to dive the car away.
All we ask is consider the excess amounts, weigh up your options and take some time to look at the refundable excess product available.