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TravelSupermarket survey reveals huge differences in car hire rates

Grece car hireA study conducted by TravelSupermarket has revealed huge differences in daily car hire rates. The UK website says rates studied for last month show that for Greece average rates are more than three times higher than those for Cyprus.

In another anomaly, median rates in London are lower than in Londonderry. TravelSupermarket researchers factored in cheaper models ranging from mini and compact to economy four-door saloons to produce their findings.

A TravelSupermarket spokesperson noted that hiring a car provided maximum convenience but advanced planning was of the essence. Emma Grimster carried on by saying pre-booking would always get better daily rates than just rolling up on the day and taking what was on offer.

She explained that Cyprus in addition to Spain, Ireland and even selected destinations in the UK were super cheap when it came to car rentals. She finished off with the codicil that making an advanced reservation ensured the desired vehicle would be ready and waiting at pickup time.

TravelSupermarket’s study showed rates for car hire in Cyprus were around the £9.37 mark. In Ireland, average rates were £10.90 while in Spain the median was £12.31. Greece with daily fees of £32.29 was the most expensive and Iceland was second with £30.37.

The UK was the thirteenth most expensive of the 20 most popular countries TravelSupermarket collated figures for in December. Birmingham was the cheapest with £9.82 a day and, with rates of £9.91, Belfast came a close second. London was fifth at £14.97 and Londonderry sixth with £16.12.

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