I rented a car from Budget for a road trip around Andalucia in Spain. I picked the car up at Granada airport and drove into town that same evening. It was a five door Renault semi-SUV with a good size boot and plenty of space for the driver.
Tips for Renting a Car in Spain
- Always rent a car with “full-to-full” fuel policy
- Rent a car with unlimited mileage
- Don’t sign up to anything the clerk is trying to upsell
- Make sure you have insurance that covers the windscreen, tyres and underside of the car
- Take a credit card to cover at least €1,500 pre-authorisation
- Remember to take you passport, drivers license and credit card you used to book the car
Picking the Car Up
The rental desk is at the airport in Granada with space for two staff but normally there is only one person serving. This makes the service extremely slow and I had to wait at least half an hour before I got served. Otherwise the service was fine, the clerk gave me the keys pretty quick and I was on my way 10 minutes after we first said hello.
What I Did Not Like About This Car
The only thing I did not like was the manual transmission and that uphill it was struggling quite a bit. I did not like the glove compartment, instead of opening down it came out like a drawer.
My Favourite Parts of The Car
I loved that there was a multimedia system in the car with a free on-board navigation system – many rental companies charge extra for this. There was also a USB plug and plenty of space for cups and gadget between the seats. The side pockets were also large enough although I did not store anything in them.
Cost of The Rental
I rented the car from Budget through Argus Car Hire and it cost me €130 euros for four days, excluding insurance. I bought a separate annual car hire insurance from Worldwide Insurance, which cost me less than $60 for the deluxe package for the full year. They reduce your excess to zero and cover every part of the car, including tyres, windscreen and underside.
Tip: check the insurance policy offered by the rental company – often they don’t cover the tyres and windscreen
Starting The Engine
This car comes with this special key which is in fact just a remote control and then you press this button to start the car. I have so far driven about 400 kilometers since I have picked up the car.
I rented a manual car which I think was a mistake as I drive an automatic at home and I am not used a manual.
Dropping The Car Off
I got back to the airport safe without a scratch and dropped the car off without a problem. The clerk asked for my email address and sent me the receipt about half an hour later.