Comparing car hire

Are you on the lookout for a hire car for your family holiday to Spain? Perhaps you’re going a business trip here in the UK – or further afield in the USA? Wherever you’re going, we can help you find a great deal. Simply enter your pick-up location, time and date. We search thousands of deals through our partnership with Rentalcars.com to give you a selection of cheap car hire deals.

  • Travelling somewhere sunny? Make sure your car has air conditioning.
  • Driving long distances? An automatic or a car fitted with cruise control could make your trip more comfortable.
  • Not a fan of packing light? Check the baggage icon to make sure you'll have enough room for all your cases.
  • Car hire excess insurance can help you avoid being stung if you damage your hired car. This may be already included in your rental agreement.
  • Travelling with young kids? Check if the rental company offer child seats at an additional cost, or if you can bring your own.

While it's important to look at the hire price, it's also worth looking at the features of the car to make sure it's suitable for you.

What do I need to hire a car?

You can compare and reserve cheap car hire deals through Confused.com. Generally, most car hire companies have a minimum age requirement of 21. Certain car hire companies charge an additional cost if you're under 25 or over 65 years old. When collecting your hire car, you'll need the following:

  • credit card that you used to make the booking - this must be in the main driver's name
  • your booking reference/receipt as proof of payment
  • full valid driving licence for all drivers
  • driving licence code (see below for more details)
  • another form of ID; for example, passport

Each car hire company will have specific requirements and may request different information. Make sure to read the terms and conditions in detail to ensure you've got everything you need. 

Hiring a car after June 2015

Due to changes introduced by the DVLA in June 2015, the paper counterpart of your driving licence is no longer valid. And new drivers won’t be issued one when they receive their photocard licence.

The new system means driving convictions or endorsements are now recorded by the DVLA on a database, and will be accessible electronically.
Anyone who’s hired a car in the past will know that the paper part of your licence is usually required when renting a vehicle.

Following these changes, the car hire company now needs a unique code issued by the DVLA, along with your photo driving licence.
To get your unique check code, visit GOV.UK. You’ll need:

  • your driving licence number (section 5 of your driving licence photocard)
  • your National Insurance number
  • postcode (make sure your driving licence has your most up-to-date address)

Many UK car hire companies are able to contact the DVLA by phone to check your driving record. But when travelling abroad you might want to get a printout of your licence from the website. Plus it’s worth obtaining the code before you travel.

Once issued, the code is valid for 21 days and can only be used once. As such, it's probably best to wait until shortly before your trip to ensure the code doesn't expire before you need to use it.

Why run a car hire comparison with Confused.com?

Here are the main reasons to run a car hire comparison with Confused.com:

  1. available in 40,000 locations throughout the UK and worldwide                                    
  2. book quickly and easily 
  3. check provider ratings based on customers’ reviews to aid your decision 
  4. filter results by fuel policy, pick-up location and car specifications

We can help you find the right car rental at a great price. Confused.com is in partnership with Rentalcars to give our customers a great selection of cheap car hire deals.

Together we make it easy for you to quickly compare top car rental brands such as Avis and Hertz.

As well as providing basic information about the hire car, our comparison service lets you compare extra features to make your journey as comfortable as possible.

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