WATCH: I'm renting a car for my holiday - What do I need to know?

Hire cars are part and parcel of the holiday experience, but there can be a lot of confusion about them. Here's what you need to know...

Cars can be hired online before your plane lands or you can sort it out once you are at the airport. 

Pricing of car hiring can vary on many things, like what type of car it is, what is your location, how long are you staying in town, and how much mileage you plan on covering. 

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It would be best to shop around or book for car hire in advance. With awesome deals, a lot of money can be saved in the process too. Most car hiring companies offer insurances, although their package to you may be light so read your terms and conditions carefully.

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'Or similar' means car of the same size, so if you're offered a Ford Fiesta or similar you can get a VW Polo. You will be given a car with a full tank of petrol and in most cases are expected to return it as such. 

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