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Post Office annual study reveals Portugal dearest for car hire

faro-airport-way-out2The annual travel report compiled by the UK’s Post Office has disclosed the surprising fact that Portugal is the dearest place in Europe for car hire. The PO’s currency division claims the cost of hiring a car for seven days in Faro can be up to £553.

The cost includes the fee for the vehicle, excess waiver insurance (EWI), SatNav, an extra driver and 40 litres of unleaded fuel. With weekly costs of £547, Croatia worked out as the second most expensive destination for British holidaymakers to rent a car. France came third with total fees of £447.

In comparison, the Danish capital of Copenhagen is the least expensive for the same seven-day package and at £248 is less than half the Portuguese price. The second cheapest in the table was Germany with £264 and the Netherlands was the third cheapest at £277.

The PO says the strengthening pound is encouraging Britons abroad to splash out on car hire. The PO was quoted as saying that at least 20 per cent of UK holidaymakers stated they would be hiring vehicles while in Europe this summer. It noted that not only was the fee for the vehicle itself cheaper, but fuel to fill it up with was too. 

The PO report also stated that holidaymakers should take out EWI as they could be hit with large bills if they damaged their rental car or it was stolen. The report said only 50 per cent of UK hirers abroad took out EWI cover. PO spokesperson Andrew Brown said drivers who opted out of full insurance could face claims of over £1,000.

Brits taking out a seven-day rental in Switzerland could pay a massive £1,270 in compensation. EWI cover is £102. In Spain the cost of the cover is £94 while the maximum bill for damages could be £798.

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