Stop navigating from one website to another, and read ALL the information you need before you leave home.
Are you looking for a car rental? Madrid is part of a road trip around Spain, and you plan to start your adventure here.
The problem is you don’t know where to start.
There are dozens of rental car companies and search aggregators. But which one is best? Who is going to offer you the best car and the cheapest rate?
Searching around, comparing rates one by one and playing with the dates and times for the car rental is boring and time consuming. But the worst part is that all this time researching doesn’t guarantee you that you’ll find the best deal according to your needs.
It’s very frustrating. I know.
You can’t imagine how many emails I get every single day asking for my help.
Fortunately, I’ve found the perfect solution for you (and for the rest of us!).
If you are thinking to travel by car rental in Spain, the best way to organize your trip is booking online your car rental through Rentalcars.com. You will avoid the hussle of long lines at the stations’ ticket offices, and you can buy your ticket whenever you like.
This is a step-by-step tutorial that will guide through all the steps you need to complete to safely purchase your car rental booking from your computer.
If you are a casual customer, you should try the following option.
Rentalcars.com is one of the world’s leading car rental agencies. The company works with 600+ local suppliers and provides a large selection of vehicles, a straightforward online rental system, advanced customer service and a myriad of features. You can arrange your car rental in 160+ countries!
After years answering to hundreds of emails of travelers who weren’t sure on where to book their rental car in Spain, I am confident to say that Rentalcars.com is the best option to get your car and start your road trip around Spain.
The reasons why I recommend you Rentalcars.com are:
I’ve used them in many of my trips around Spain and abroad, and I’ve never had any problem. So, why don’t you try it?
1. Verify that you can drive with your driving permit in Spain. Or carry with you an international driver’s licence.
2. Don’t forget to print the reservation confirmation email or write down the booking number.
3. If you plan to rent a car at the airport, be sure to give your flight number and scheduled arrival time. If the flight is delayed, your car rental reservation will be preserved.
4. Most of the rental cars in Spain are stick shifts. If you only know how to drive an automatic, I’m afraid that automatic rental cars are more expensive than stick shifts.
5. If you plan to stick to the main highways and bigger cities, then renting a big car is fine. But if you plan to venture into the smaller villages and really explore Spain, then don’t hire a big car!
6. Make sure the car has air conditioning. It would be really odd if a car rental in Madrid offers you a car without air conditioning. But confirm it, just in case.
7. Once you verify this, check out that the engine is powerful enough to cope with some decent speed and the air conditioning. I once rented a car I had to drive at 80km/h (50 mi/h) on the highway because the poor thing couldn’t handle going uphill.
8. Specify to the car rental company that you don’t want a full tank by the time you pick up your vehicle. The company will charge you a fortune for this gasoline.
9. The same rule applies when you drop off the car. The tank has to be at the exact same gasoline level that when you picked it up. Otherwise, you’ve guessed it… extra charge.
10. Before leaving the car rental office, check the car mileage and all the scratches, dents and other damages the car may have. If you notice something that has not been reported in your contract, tell the staff immediately.
11. Read the insurance conditions and don’t be shy to spend a bit more on an additional coverage if you plan to drive a lot.
12. Make sure you have a map (much better than a GPS). Buy it or ask for one at the car rental: Madrid is an easy place to get lost. And read more about the driving laws in Spain.
This article is part of a complete tutorial about car rental in Spain where you can read all the information you need to organize your road trip around the country.
Here is a complete summary of all the guide:
1. Should You Rent A Car Or Take The Train?
2. Driving In Spain: Rules And Recommendations
3. Do You Need An International Driver’s Licence?
4. How To Book Your Rental Car Online
5. How To Find Cheap Rental Rates?
6. Getting To Madrid By Rental Car
7. Visiting Madrid By Rental Car
8. Car Parking In Madrid